Category Archives: Fond Farewells

’72-’89, comic book art

The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

… TVTA has a ‘Thing’ about comic book art!

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book covers and art spanning the 1960s to present. Feast your goggles on amazing art candy by Bill Sienkiewicz, George Perez, Al Williamson, Mike Mignola, Neal Adams, Moebius, André Chéret, Brian Bolland, Alex Toth, Alex Roth, and the late Ron Smith. As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel and DC
Batman Black and White
The Phantom
TV related
Conan, Sonja, Rahan

I’d like to dedicate this post to the talented comic book artist Ron Smith, who passed away last week, aged 94. Ron worked on many British comic titles like Hotspur, The Wizard, The Topper, The Dandy, The Beezer, The Victor, and Warlord, but he will always be most famously remembered for his prolific work on Judge Dredd. The last three covers are by Ron Smith.

Fond farewells Ron Smith, 1924 – 2019


Fond farewells Stan Lee

“Comic books to me are fairy tales for grown-ups.”

Stan Lee as… Stan Lee. Groo N°50. 1989. Marvel. US.

It’s hard to imagine there is anyone who hasn’t been touched, thrilled, excited or inspired in some way by Stan Lee’s work during his long and distinguished career. In collaboration with artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett and Larry Leiber – Stan Lee co-created a magnificent universe of fictional characters that included Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. He was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, later its publisher and also chairman, before becoming the public figurehead for the company following his retirement. He continued working into his 90s and made many cameo roles in Marvel films.

Beyond his influential writing and energy, Stan was a good advocate for humankind; asking us all to be a little more tolerant and kinder as human beings. The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, diversity and the arts.

Below is a gallery of print adverts featuring some of the co-creations of Stan Lee. Take a moment to consider the thousands upon thousands of people who have worked on these characters over the years – either in print format, animation and movies, toys, games and household goods. It all comes back to one man’s writing skills coupled with a handful of artists who shared his same vision. RIP Stan Lee, who died today aged 95.


 


Stan Lee. 1922 – 2018.

Fond farewells Carlos Ezquerra – comic artist and co-creator of Judge Dredd

2000 AD 40th Anniversary Prog. 2017. UK.

I was sad to hear about the passing of Carlos Ezquerra on Monday aged 70. I grew up reading the British comic 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd being one of my all-time favourite characters. Alongside writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, Ezquerra created the formidable and unbending future cop Dredd and the vast city in which to place him: the crime-ridden hellhole that is Mega-City One.

2000 AD Annual 1989. UK.

With his instantly recognisable drawing style, Ezquerra’s legacy to Judge Dredd and other 2000 AD staples like Strontium Dog will be long lasting I think. Below is a selection of Ezquerra covers and ads scanned from my collection, including images from the brilliant 1980s series The Apocalypse War. Thank you Carlos for enriching my comic book experience.

2000 AD ft Judge Dredd. Prog 333. 1983.


The Apocalypse War. Ezquerra/Wagner/Grant. 1982.

Below images from Eagle Comics 1985 UK colourised editions.

The Apocalypse War. Advert. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°19 1985. UK.

The Apocalypse War Part 1. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°20 1985. UK.


Carlos Ezquerra. 1947 – 2018.

 

The horror, the horror – Remembering Poltergeist’s Heather O’Rourke

They’re here!”

Only 27 days to Halloween!

As Halloween creeps closer, TVTA remembers the American child actress and star of Poltergeist movie trilogy Heather Michelle O’Rourke. O’Rourke (born 27 December, 1975) played the character Carol Anne Freeling, youngest child of the Freeling family who becomes the conduit for terrifying supernatural entities that haunt her family. Sadly O’Rourke died during the making of Poltergeist III of cardiac arrest caused by septic shock due to intestinal stenosis. She died on the first of February 1988 aged 12 years old. Poltergeist III was released posthumously and dedicated to her. As well as her role in the trilogy, O’Rourke appeared in the TV series Happy Days, Fantasy Island, CHiPs and others.

I’d rank the original Poltergeist high in my list of favourite horror films, with O’Rourke’s performance being a standout. Below are Japanese chirashi movie posters for Poltergeist and Poltergeist III.

Poltergeist. 1982.

Poltergeist. 1982. Japanese chirashi. Front.

Poltergeist. 1982. Japanese chirashi. Back.

Poltergeist III. 1988.

Poltergeist III. 1988. Japanese chirashi. Front.

Poltergeist III. 1988. Japanese chirashi. Back.


Did we mention Halloween is one of TVTA’s favourite annual events?   

Look out for more special Halloween posts coming soon!