Trick-or-Treat Time for SpongeBob and Patrick - ArtRage Digital Painting Process

SpongeBob ArtRage Pumpkin Halloween Nicelodeon Magazine
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Submitted for your Pumpkin-Day viewing is the painting I did for Nickelodeon's Halloween issue of SpongeBob SquarePants Magazine...a special Halloween themed portrait of SpongeBob and Patrick as seen from inside a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin.

Here are a few thumbnails of the work in progress:

SpongeBob steps painting process Halloween Pumpkin cover Nickelodeon Magazine

SpongeBob Patrick Pumpkin Nickelodeon magazine Halloween pumpkin ArtRage digital art
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...and here's the published version with all the word-balloons, headlines and logos.This was painted digitally using the fantastic (and cheap) graphics program, ArtRage 2.5

Honey in Hollywood by Henry Boltinoff

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Honey in Hollywood filler comics
by Henry Boltinoff

...check back soon for more!

Funny Frankenstein – It’s Alive!!!

70 years ago the Frankenstein monster came to life... but this time the mad scientist that created him was a cartoonist named Dick Briefer.
creation funny Frankenstein by Dick briefer
There are a couple of reasons why these Frankenstein comics are so special. The most interesting thing is that this Frankenstein monster lived two distinct lives, both at the hand of the same great cartoonist. Dick Briefer started out drawing Frankenstein comics in 1940 as a straight horror comic. But by 1945, he changed the entire direction of the book and the character into a wonderfully playful humor comic.
funny and scary Frankenstein comics Dick briefer
The funny Frankenstein comics are delightful stream of consciousness romps drawn with a breezy spontaneity that can only be compared to what Harvey Kurtzman was doing in the late 40s. Like Kurtzman, Dick Briefer had the amazing ability to masterfully execute both serious and humorous comics.
scary Frankenstein comics Dick briefer tomb of the living dead zombies
I was very fortunate to have discovered these comics when my former Nickelodeon Magazine editor Chris Duffy sent me a care package full of color xeroxes of comics that he liked. I fell in love right away, and stuck all of these color xeroxes into a binder that I've been drooling over ever since. Since the actual comic books are so rare and expensive, reading these xeroxes was the closest I could come to reading the actual comic books.
funny Frankenstein Dick briefer Manimals
Dick Briefer's brilliant Frankenstein comics have almost completely been buried by the sands of time. Part of the reason may be that these fantastic comics were published by Crestwood Publications, the publishing outfit that's been out of business since 1963.
Frankenstein smashing through a brick wall by Dick briefer
That's one of the reasons I'm so happy to see this new reprint treasury compiled by comic reprint maven Craig Yoe. His new book, "Dick Briefer's Frankenstein" lovingly reprints 144 pages of those 1940s to 1950s Frankenstein comics... and it includes the best of both the scary Frankenstein and the funny Frankenstein!
Frankenstein scary Dick Briefer

I'm much much much more partial to the funny Frankenstein comics, but I enjoy the more serious stories also... mostly because I'm fascinated that one artist could create both sets of stories so well. On at least one occasion, he reused one of his funny plots for one of his later serious Frankenstein comics.
Today a bunch of us comic book bloggers are celebrating the release of Craig Yoe’s new Frankenstein book by featuring different comic stories by the masterful Dick Briefer.

Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the post for more Frankenstein fun 
Frankenstein hears a voice from above Dick briefer Since there's absolutely no way to adequately describe the lively, bouncy and silly artwork and stories, I hope you enjoy reading and drooling over the story below: "Blooperman" is a wonderfully silly story from 1947's Frankenstein #8. Enjoy!
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If you liked this little taste, head down to your local comics shop and see if they've got the new Frankenstein hardcover collection! If not, there's always -- you'll find a link for that right under the picture at right >>> funny Frankenstein by Dick briefer Frankenstein at Amazon
Frankie_Logo And don't forget to check out these other terrific comics blogs for more Frankenstein comics

We’re all celebrating Frightful Frankenstein Friday!

Save Me From the WEED! ...and other oddball images from the 50's

Save Me From the WEED!

There's so much fun stuff on Flickr!
housewives and meatcleavers
... mature rabbit
1958 ... giant pickle in the bathroom!
Check out some deliciously oddball images
in the slideshow below...

Joe Blow

cartoon crook steals a safe mask criminal crime Cartoon man gets package in mailbox Cartoon man plays detective follows little kid cartoon mom throws rolling pin I love the crook’s line: “Ha – a customer!”
Cartoon man punches masked crook Cartoon man ships the masked bad guy via post office
You like that “cloud of thought” in the first panel?
I can’t quite explain why the third-string semi-pro quality of these comics is so appealing to me. Maybe it’s the humanity of it. It’s more than halfway between a clunky amateur job and a respectable pro story. Not quite there yet…but he’s reaching for that goal!
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Scans from Jack In The Box #12 1946
Thanks to – a fantastic source of vintage public-domain comic book scans! Just make sure to register before you try download.
Great eye-catching cover! Nothing more fun than drowning your friend in a frozen lake ;)

“Fury Commands…And NO man Can Refuse!” 1950 Comic Book Perfume Ads

Can you make strong men weak Perfume ads from Avon Comics
“Underworld Story” #32 1950
Are YOU Unhappy
The text on these ads is a scream…
and those illustrations are wonderful!
Do People Talk About You Do you Want Double Power
Not quite sure why this ad
was running in a crime comic…
Do You Want To Make Men OBEY You Do You Want to Marry Now Draw Men to You with the Charm of Tryst
Those guys sure knew how to write lurid, sensational and salacious ad copy in those days.Fury Commands and No Man Can Refuse
Gimme that order form…I wanna try them all!Perfume order form comic book advertisement
Here’s the whole enchilada…
all on one eye-punishing page:
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