Friday 28 December 2012

Joe Martin by McGinn

Today me and my girlfriend took a stroll and ended up in an antiques store. Among the usual old antiques store stuff we found a stack of old Swedish movie magazines called "Filmen". To my surprise - in some of the earliest issues (1920 if I remember right) they ran the rare comic strip "Joe Martin – En filmstjärna" by Forest A. McGinn! More info about that strip, and the first four episodes in english, can be found over at Strippers Guide by clicking HERE.
We took a few snapshots that didn't turn out that good, but still... I bet those of you interested in odd vintage comicstrips want to see them anyway. :) Here are episodes 1, 6 and 7!

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Friday 7 December 2012

Robin Toth

Alex Toth boarding Disney's Robin Hood?
Well, at least it looks that way to me.

This storyboard was published, uncredited, in the Disney Archive book "Design" along with three other pieces that also looks like the work of Toth. 
Nice to see his take on "the Fox". ;)


Did a search and found Floyd Norman commenting Toth's work on Robin Hood in August 2007: "I'll bet you didn't know that Alex Toth did some incredible story work on Disney's "Robin Hood" in the seventies. Want to know what Disney thought of the work of Alex Toth? I found his fantastic sketches discarded in a heap behind some stuff on the second floor."

A few more, really beautiful, Toth boards can be found on the blog of Joseph Lacroix by clicking HERE.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Russell Patterson 1933

Russell Patterson making a departure from his usual habit of drawing skinny girls. Enjoy!

All of the above images are taken from Ballyhoo magazine, June 1933.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Gasoline Alley daily

With the market over flooded with vintage Gasoline Alley dailies by Frank King the collectors tend to stay calm and only go high for really nice pieces. An OK Gasoline Alley daily usually sells for $100-200. A superb and exceptional piece can hit $1000 or slightly more.
This one sold for $ 25,875.00 [sic!] yesterday.
Now, this is the second daily featuring Skeezix.
But still ...

The third Skeezix daily sold a while ago for $1,940.
What a bargain. :)

Just to show you what I think is a top Gasoline Alley daily, look at this:
 One of my all time favorite Frank King pieces.  Beautiful, isn't it.
(Enlarge and read it. The text is just as good as the artwork.)

Monday 19 November 2012

Mickey Mouse vol 4

Volume 4 of the Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse library is out now.
Do I need to say more?
No, that's what I thought.

But maybe some visuals to wet the appetite, for those of you who have yet to pick it up...?

Sunday 18 November 2012

Patterson pages

Got a collection of the cover stories that Russell Patterson illustrated back in the 20's, 30's and 40's stored away in a box. Added a couple of pages to the collection last week and took snapshots of a few. Thought some of you might enjoy seeing them. :)

The main reason for posting the above images is this: In case someone ever wants to make a book of the weekly Patterson pages and finds this post, just let me know and I'll be happy to help you!

Since it's been a while since my last post, here's something completely unrelated to the above. A Barney Bear and Benny Burro page from Our Gang 32, just because I had it next to the Patterson pages on my desktop. :)

OK! Why stop while I'm at it?
Two more images found next to the above Barks page. I love Barney Google by Billy De'Beck and here are two eh... wonderfully bizarre images. Enjoy!

PS. Got quite a collection of Barney sundays by De'Beck and I'm always looking for more to fill the gaps. Will be happy to buy bulk lots of Barney sundays. Just send me a mail.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Paul Fung lettering

One of the best and most skilled comic strip artists during the late 20's was Paul Fung. Not only was he a talented cartoonist, he was also a really good letterer. This weekend I took a set of his Gus and Gussie dailies and made a sheet of some of his best lettering. Just to have at hand when I need some lettering inspiration. Beautiful, isn't it?

The above image is just a low res image.
The high res image can be reached, and dowloaded HERE.

Tuesday 30 October 2012


Hmm ...
Do I have something to post here on Halloween?
-- Digging through files. --
Nope, nothing ...

Friend Karl-Erik Lindkvist to the rescue!
He just mailed me a set of step-by-step images of a recently comissioned Bill Galvan drawing of Sabrina as Elvira. Enjoy!

PS. Check out Karl-Erik's Comicartfans gallery for more original art by Archie artists. And if you liked this post my advice for you is to begin by clicking HERE.

Monday 29 October 2012


I'm looking for a nice page of original art from John Romita Jr's and Al Williamson's run on Daredevil. If you have the page below (from DD256) or any other page by that team for sale, please let me know. Thanx!

Lundin Land of Black Gold

Fans of Tintin might want to pick up a copy if this weeks issue of affärsvärlden.

The cover is, of course, paraphrasing the cover to "Tintin au pays de l'or noir" and is drawn by Hedvig
I love the concept (Tintin – Lundin) so whoever came up with the idea at affärsvärlden: Well done!!!

Thursday 25 October 2012

Godwin in Liberty

Now, browsing through old magazines will more often than not result in a surprise or two. As the case of the Hubert Mathieu illustration in the previous post.
I originally picked up that issue of Liberty on eBay because of the striking cover.

I just couldn't resist scanning both the front and the back...

The second surprise in that issue was three Frank Godwin illustrations.
They illustrated the seventh part of Erle Stanley Garner's Perry Mason story "The Case of the Howling Dog". And here they are. Enjoy!

Wednesday 17 October 2012

The Hunter

A beautiful li'l illustration to John Erskines "The Hunter",
located in the back of Liberty Magazine Feb 24, 1934.

I wonder who the artist is.
Would love to see more.

Sunday 14 October 2012


Update: Both these listings were ended early. "This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available." Either the seller saw this post or found a buyer who forked up a large amount of money...
His account (jnhcollectibles) at has been closed. Seems that he sold mostly Peanuts forgeries there.
But he's still active at with his Barks and Schulz forgeries. Check 'em out!

"Redwoodangels13" continue to amaze me with his bad forgeries on eBay. And this time is no exception.
Take a look at this "Barks" piece.
I guess you see the same as I do?
This time he's trying to auction something as a Barks sketch that wasn't even drawn by Barks to begin with. Redwoodangels13 probably browsed Heritage auctions and found lot 44042, the poster from Walt Disney's Comics and stories #357, drawn by Larry Mayer. It's a version of the cover to  Uncle Scrooge 19.
Ho and hum.
The Mayer version sold for $2629 at Heritage. Let's see how much this one goes for. 
(You can find a post about the Heritage mistake HERE. )
Currently 4 bids $ 60.89

PS. Redwoodangels13 is most likely the same person as solixirgreen aka sohocollectibles2012 aka Jamaal Hill aka J.N.H. Collectibles. (Probably also: blenheim, hollyschweiger, chickensoup, oichechiuin, nodogsallowed, Bpmsgog and cosmogirl. Aliases used to raise bids.)  
And read the "Our Sales Practice" on the JNH website...
BTW:  HERE he sold the above Scrooge image to himself...

Update: The seller is showing more and more greed. Here's his latest auction.  
Currently 7 bids $112.50 

Looks like our redwoodangel found lot 92039 in the Heritage archive ...

Thursday 11 October 2012

Spirou 1957

The full version of the Spirou story by Danier & Yann is now available on InediSpirou!
Great news indeed. :)

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Want to buy a piece of art?

Update Oct 10: Added two more fakes below the first three!

Well, then stay away from these...

Fake 1
The above "Carl Barks signed Scrooge McDuck sketch" sold for $501.99 on eBay. 
Money that could have been spent wiser...

Fake 2

Fake 3

Fake 4

The above drawing is currently on eBay.
4 bids at $3.25. Will it reach $4? :)
Update: Sold for US $224.50.

Well, blow me down!
Just saw that the same seller,  redwoodangels13,  sold the drawing below for $183.50!!!
There sure are suckers out there...

(The sites where these items are sold can be reached by clicking "Fake 1" etc)

Friday 5 October 2012

Muppets, ahoy!

Any Muppets fans out there? I bet there is. :) 
Bill Peckmann just sent me a batch of illustrations that I thought you might enjoy seeing.
It's his artwork for the Muppet movie "Treasure Island" merchandising style guide. "These were done flying blind, because the film hadn't even gone into pre production yet." Bill says.