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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.

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.