Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
He popped up in the comic from time to time and the last we heard from him he'd been shot by BUCKY AMERICA and fell off the Hoover dam. They never recovered his body. I knew he was still around.
With the advent of NEW Marvel titles popping up it was decided to end the current run of course. So they could start all over with a number one. Sure enough in the final issue written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by artistic phenom Steve Epting they wrapped up the last chapter of the Captain America of the 1950's.
I still hope that with rehabilitation and guidance Burnside can actually become a Shield agent or some other Patriotic hero. He's too great a character not to use again.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Then I had to get the following issues 23 and 24...which was the last issue of Volume 1.
Collecting the rest of the series came later in life when I was older and had a job. I got number 22 when I was sick...in the Hosptial with kidney issues. You all know the story...sick Hospital,Dad,Comics...memories. Comic books brought me good memories from a miserable time spent in the Hospital.
I don't regret or look back and say I wish life were different then...those experiences molded me and made me who I am today...a Man Child! lol...That would make a cool comic book eh? "MAN CHILD the child who walks like a Man!" Or vice versa Heh heh heh....This I share with you today.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Once again for colors and letters I turned to my friend Dom from AIM comics the people who publish " The Brutal blade of Bruno the bandit "
Dom is a fantastic artist and is a professional graphic artist you can see his portfolio at Paladinfreelance.com. He did a bang up job and it looks just like I'd imagined. I anticipated he'd get it right. Dom's done a few other pieces for me and I am always satisfied. I hope you enjoy my pic...and get a kick out of it. - Mike
Monday, August 13, 2012
The one thing I remember him saying clearly ( As well as having contradicted me when I mispronounced words ) was this " You never cease to learn something new everyday , everytime you pick up a pencil you'll learn something different " At the age of 65 he said those words. There are no words to describe the feeling I have except grief..just grief. My heart goes out to his family and all my classmates and fellow alumnists who attended the school and who knew Joe. Rest in peace Joe Kubert you leave behind you a legacy that will never die...your work , your family , your friends and your students who loved you as a mentor and teacher. Although I never made it in the field as a pro... Your lessons will live with me forever. God bless...Rest in peace Sir.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
I did not discover any comic book stores yet and I’m not sure at that time there were any in that area yet. ( Not until a year later ) I loved Super heroes and cartoons and watched avidly anything that had to do with either.
“The Six Million dollar man” was a hot TV show at the time and my absolute favorite. I could not wait…week after week I’d watch as Steve Austin would battle bad guys and Androids and Android Bigfoots and other Cyborgs…it was a fantastic show a great idea and as far as Sci-fi television goes one of the better concepts since STAR TREK.
I had always liked Lee Majors and remembered him from The Big Valley. When he took on the role of Steve Austin he became the greatest super hero since Superman or Captain America.
In 1976 Charlton comics had been putting out SMDM comics…on this one day in particular I stumbled into that Stationary store with some friends from the neighborhood who were looking for Baseball cards. I noticed stacks of comics on a ledge in front of the counter. There were Archie and Sad Sack and Casper’s…none of that was my speed…I liked the Super heroes. Then I saw on the wall…below some girlie magazines…Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, Legion of Monsters , Marvel Preview and…the first issue of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN magazine!!!! I thought….”Wow…it’s a comic?” But not quite…It was a Magazine. A black and white magazine with cover art by Neal Adams. I recognized Neal’s work from a couple of Savage Tales magazines I had acquired in a trade for some baseball cards from another friend from school. But It was a dollar. I only had 50 cents… I didn’t buy anything that day but instead saved my 50 cents so I could come back next week and buy the magazine. Well …alas…I never did get that magazine. When I went back it was gone…so I bought a Coke and some candy instead.
Last week (35 years later)…I visited my local comic shop…the comic shop with the largest selection of back issues here on LONG ISLAND and a gentleman came in selling some comic books…one of those comic books…was THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN regular series comic from Charlton with cover art and interiors by the great Joe Staton. Immediately my antennae went up and I made the guy an offer. It was more than the comic was worth but…It fed an old need and touched a nerve. I stood there and told the guy how I’d always wanted this comic book but never bought it. (I was really talking about the b/w magazine)…then I proceeded to tell him about the magazines. He seemed interested and then I recounted my little tale about how I’d always wanted it but never was able to buy one. Then…by coincidence after 35 years…he comes in with the comic book that triggered a memory and got my collective juices flowing and got a whole entire new treasure hunt going. I plan to go to conventions and visit every comic shop from College point, Breezy Point, Montauk Point and all points in between ( All Long Island locations ) to find those magazines and those comic books. Sure I could find them on E-bay…but that would defeat the whole purpose of the thrill of the hunt. Incidentally I did find a copy of the first issue of the Magazine on E-bay for 10 bucks…other sellers had it for 35 to 50 dollars but one guy had it for 10 bucks….so guess what? I have it now. Firmly implanted in my brain the indelible image of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN…tearing the engine out of a car by Neal Adams is now a reality…I can read the magazine and hold it and turn the pages…I never owned it until recently but…The SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN magazine has always been one of my Favorite comics and it bears…one of my all-time favorite covers by Neal Adams.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I have been asked if the more detailed pieces are traced and I am happy tell you NO! I do not trace...I don't need to. I am an artist and have a reputation to uphold. I am working on a new comic book for self publication aside from filling this sketch journal and putting new drawings into the book keeps me sharp and helps me develop a steady hand and I learn things I can't explain by doing these drawings. In my younger years I attended art school and had aspirations to work in comics...but a series of unfortunate circumstances led to that having never happened. I floundered around for many years never having picked up a pencil but now I am back in black baby. I share these drawings with those who are interested and intrigued. If there are peo0ple who are neither of those. You can't please everyone. Hope you like my stuff enjoy.