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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.

The Batty Batom Bullpen – Paul Gulacy

posted on March 11, 2017

Paul Gulacy’s Lunar Cadets/Starbuck Jones crossover that was just revealed in the Batom Cover Gallery last week is a real gem, which pretty much describes everything he does. I first became aware of Paul when he did the Shang Chi stories in Master of Kung Fu. His distinctive style was instantly memorable.

I followed him from there to Sabre which was one on the early independent comics on the scene. When Paul agreed to come on board for one of the Batom covers, I was thrilled. The cover he came up with is pretty special, but, don’t take my word for it, head on over to the gallery and check it out for yourself.

The Batty Batom Bullpen – Michael Gilbert

posted on March 6, 2017

The next cover that’s been revealed  in the Komix Korner cover gallery is a Starbuck Jones cover by the inimitable Michael T. Gilbert. I first met Michael and by extension Mr. Monster at a dinner at Craig Russell’s house way too long ago. He and Craig were working on the Elric books at the time, and along with getting an early look at some amazing Elric pages, Michael showed me some Mr. Monster repros that he had. There’s just something nuttily endearing about good old Doctor Strongfort Stearn and his monster dispatching alter ego. If you’ve never checked out Mr. Monster, you really should do yourself a favor. I guarantee it will be totally worth it.

For his Starbuck cover, Michael chose a Robinson Crusoe themed scene that’s reminiscent of so many fifties comics where the hero would get stranded in some exotic local far from civilization. And, as is often the case when you let others play with your toys, he added the Octo-Shark to the Starbuck Jones canon. As other covers are revealed, you’ll see how the Octo-Shark reappears to vex our hero. It’s one of the things that made this project the funnest.

Michael also holds court in each issue of Alter Ego as the interlocutor at Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt and is always a fascinating read. His tale of his search for the long-ago creator of the first Mr. Monster is worth tracking down. And if you want to see Michael’s Starbuck cover, just go to the Gallery page and give it a click. You just might want to start saving up to bid on it and make it your own while at the same time helping the Lisa’s Legacy Fund in its battle against cancer.