Batty Batom Bullpen – Don Perlin
posted on May 6, 2017
The latest Batom Comics cover revealed in the Komix Korner cover gallery is by Don Perlin. When I first talked with Don (who couldn’t be a nicer guy by the way) about doing a cover, I offered him the Arizona Ranger. He immediately rattled off about a half dozen ideas for the Arizona Ranger culminating with a description of the Ranger on his horse, shooting the gun out of one bad guy’s hand and having to bullet ricochet to knock the gun from a second bad guy’s hand… in a bar. I just laughed and asked him how soon how could get started. He then proceeded to spitball another half dozen ideas for a Lunar Cadets cover and one was so cool that he actually ended up doing two covers for me. Even though one Lunar cadets cover had already been done, Don created a second one for me focusing on the Cadets freshman year.
The Arizona Ranger cover will have to wait just a bit to be revealed, but the cover with the young Lunar Cadets is up there now. You can see it by heading over to the Gallery section on this site and learn all about the upcoming Batom Comics covers auction for the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for Cancer Research while you’re there.
Batty Batom Bullpen – Frank Brunner
posted on April 15, 2017
Frank Brunner’s Black Ghost cover and the most recent cover to be revealed in the Komix Korner Gallery is an amazing piece. In choosing artists for my Batom covers, I not only sought out artists whose work I admired, but I also tired to “cast” them to a certain extent by giving them characters that I felt played to their strengths. Franks’s legendary run on Doctor Strange made him the obvious choice for a character called the Black Ghost. I only had a couple of rough incomplete sketches to give to Frank so this pitch perfect powerful piece is all his. It arrived with instructions to float the Black Ghost logo over the top of the art and not block it out with a solid logo. I hope I did okay, Frank.
Frank Brunner is, of course, associated as well with Howard the Duck which only speaks to his versatility. And now he’s a member of the Batty Batom Bullpen. As with the other covers, it will be auctioned off for the benefit of the Lisa’s Legacy Fund in November. For more info on that, please check out the Komix Korner Gallery and the Lisa’s legacy Fund on this website.
Batty Batom Bullpen – Ron Frenz
posted on March 25, 2017
When I was talking with Ron Frenz about creating the Amazing Mr. Sponge cover, I told him I wasn’t looking for a humorous or camp cover. I said that this character was totally serious and that’s how I wanted the cover to be. He said he understood. So when I got the cover there were a couple of surprises. First, Ron had added a sidekick for Mr. Sponge… Absorbing Junior… and, in spite of what I had told him, I loved it! In fact, I wish I’d thought of it myself. The second surprise was that he’d asked Sal Buscema to ink it. Sal’s inks had graced some of my favorite books (Kree-Skrull War anyone?) back in the day and it was a genuine thrill to see the Spider-Girl art team reunited. Top it all off with the fact that the cover is an homage to the “Robin Dies at Dawn” Batman cover and you’ve got yourself a real gem. Ron wouldn’t be the last artist to use a Batman cover as inspiration, but that info will have to wait that other cover is revealed.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out the gallery on this site and click on the covers to enlarge them. You’ll be in for a treat and we’re only getting started.