Monday, February 14, 2011

Goodbye...and hello again

For a variety of reasons I'm moving this blog, beginning a new volume of postings.

You can go to the new blog, all set up, shiny and new, with a posting of the entire first issue of CREEPY, scanned from my copy, bought off the stands when it also was shiny and brand new.

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Look for our snappy new logo.

Remember to bookmark the site. This blog, as well as the original Hairy Green Eyeball site, will still be available so you can dig through the archives. There's a lot of great stuff there, so help yourselves. I will also be checking back periodically for any comments you care to leave on any of the postings.

Thanks again! HGE

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More cartoons from Colliers

Here is another set of cartoons from COLLIERS magazine, collected in the 1946 book, I MEET SUCH PEOPLE, by COLLIERS cartoon editor, Gurney Williams. These are by some of the greatest cartoonists of that era.

I'm slow to get around to this, because I showed the first set of cartoons in June, 2010. You can find it here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hooray for Horror-Wood

I don't think enough people, even Wallace Wood fans, say enough about his ability to letter. The title lettering from these three early MAD features showcase how exciting his display lettering could be. I've enlarged the titles so you can get a better look at his intricate design work.

The artwork in the stories is great, too. His work with gray tones, specifically his Craftint work (originals shown with the missile pages from MAD #47) was very skillful, and gave his work an added depth.

MAD reprints Copyright © 1999, 2011 E. C. Publications, Inc.

Original art scans Copyright © Heritage Auctions

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Crème de la Crumb

When you consider whether something is a work of art based on an auction value, you can get a mixed message. For instance, Heritage Auctions has sold some pages and covers by R. Crumb for very attractive prices. These three pieces are in Heritage's current archival listings, along with the prices realized at auction:

Big Ass Comics #2 page - $35,850

Motor City Comics #1 cover - $56,762.50

Mr Natural #1 page - $21,510

All of them are out of my price range, but seem like fair prices in today's market. So I'm surprised that the 15-page "Fritz The Cat Superstar," from 1972, complete and intact, has been listed as unsold since 2002. All of these--and a couple more--are available at the Heritage Auctions web site.

All scans are Copyright © Heritage Auctions