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Batty Batom Bullpen – Russ Heath – Redux

posted on September 23, 2017

So, when I got back to Russ about the Tank Thompson cover, this time I made sure that we were both on the same page as it were (see previous post). And it worked. This time Russ stuck the landing and, as promised, you can get a look at the original art in the Gallery right now. Once again, this amazing cover along with all of the other Batom Comics covers will be available for bidding at the Heritage Comics Art Auction on November 17th with the proceeds all going to the Lisa’s Legacy Fund of Cancer Research. I plan to be there myself so I can say goodbye one last time to this beautiful piece. Happy bidding.

Batty Batom Bullpen – P. Craig Russell

posted on September 16, 2017

To say that P. Craig Russell marches to his own drummer is to understate the case by quite a bit. But, if dogged determination to go your own way produces wondrous work like this, then, for Craig, it’s obviously the way to go. His work is rhapsodic effusive and passionate… not to mention beautiful to take in.

So when I was thinking of someone to capture the ineffable Blue Astra on paper, Mr. Russell was my first (and only, really) choice. Happily he said yes. You can see his beautiful Blue Astra cover in the Gallery and bid on it in the Heritage Auction on November 17th. Hope you win.

Batty batom Bullpen – Russ Heath

posted on September 9, 2017

Next up in the cover gallery is a beauty by Russ Heath. I had talked to Russ at Comic-Con about doing a cover and had even suggested one riffing off of two of his signature strips, The Silent Knight and The Haunted Tank, where we would see a knight jousting with a tank. I had given him some of the Starbuck Jones covers as examples and, when I got his cover, much to my surprise, it turned out to be a Starbuck Jones piece.

I had finished the hunt for the Starbuck Jones story arc in Funky, but I was able to repurpose this work as a coloring book cover in the Cliff Anger story and it worked perfectly. That story drew heavily on my younger days and one of my pride possessions back then was a Superman coloring book. So I found that cover online and “borrowed” the lettering style from that book and incorporated it into the Starbuck cover.

I went back to Russ again with my earlier idea and this time he nailed it, but you’ll have to wait until that cover pops up in the Gallery to see how cool it really is.

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