I remember seeing this issue of The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu back in 1975 sitting on a shelf among lurid detective magazines and other black and white comics like Creepy and Eerie at Davis Drug in Westville, NJ. I was never a fan of Marvel’s line of martial arts comics designed to cash in on the kung fu craze running riot on the screens of every inner city grindhouse at the time. I was curious about the addition of Roger Moore’s James Bond to the festivities, but not curious enough to part with 75¢. Three quarters of a dollar equalled three regular comic books at the time, and they were in color! I didn’t flip through the Kung Fu book because it was in dangerous proximity to the detective and chopper magazines featuring semi-nude women on their covers. I didn’t want the lady at the cash register thinking I was a pervert. I bought my regular comics from the spinner rack and left.
So for 48 years, I harbored the belief that Marvel Comics had licensed the Roger Moore version of 007 and put the character in their black and white line of comic magazines. Continue reading
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Tagged 007, 1975, comic, comic book, comics, Illustration, James Bond, kung fu, Marvel, Shang-Chi, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, The Man With The Golden Gun, USA, vintage
Back in the late 1990s I was exploring the illustrative possibilities of my newly purchased Power Mac 7300. I put a lot of time and effort chasing down what meager information I could via a dial-up modem; picking the brains of the technicians at the service bureau where I worked at the time, and a lot of trial and error. I was obsessed with the possibilities of marrying hand drawn art with digital colors and vector elements. My efforts were not a pursuit unique to me — other illustrators were busily developing digital approaches to their art. I was trying to build my own set of skills using every program I had including Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress and CorelDraw which I had on an old PC.
I also wanted to make a comic with panels and word balloons which I had only previously made half-hearted attempts. My work was usually spot illustrations that accompanied an article or editorial in newspapers. Words and pictures that told a story is something I really wanted to try! Continue reading
Posted in Blast from the Past, Illustration
Tagged 1990s, Cartoon, cartoons, CO2 Comics, comic, comics, deadline, digital color, digital illustration, humor, Illustration, Joe Williams, mini-comic, Power Mac 7300, promotion, promotional, salesman, service bureau, USA
I spotted these gorgeous purple figs in the market, so I grabbed them to make this fig ricotta cake for a friend’s birthday. Figs have a short growing season, so if you’re interested in making this cake – hop to it! Continue reading
One hundred sixty third in a continued series creating a collage using five elements.
I bought some beautiful baskets of strawberries in the market over the weekend, a cake was in order. This is a wonderful cake – light, studded with strawberries, and flavored with orange zest. It’s perfect for serving after a big meal, or with a mug of coffee with breakfast! Continue reading