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The Batty Batom Bullpen – Full Disclosure

posted on June 17, 2017

Back when the banquet honoring Cliff Anger the actor who played Starbuck Jones in the movie serials was held in Funky, some questions from readers arose as to just who some of Cliff’s fans were because they sort of looked like they ought to be somebody… and they were. I thought that when the Junior Spacemen of America reported for duty, it would be fun to include the artists who created the Starbuck Jones and other Batom Comics covers… and so I did. So now, for the first time, you can see who these characters were supposed to be.

Sparing no expense to make sure that my good and gentle readers wishes come true, here’s a chart to match-up the name with the faces. Please bear in mind that it would be the apogee of rudeness to point out that the drawing didn’t look like the real artist. And finally for the sake of retentive thoroughness, the guy in front with the checked sports coat is Phil the Forecaster from John Darling and the fellow to the right giving the thumbs-up is of course Jim Kablichnick the science teacher from Funky Winkerbean.

Batty Batom Bullpen – Randy Reynaldo

posted on June 15, 2017

When the time came to find someone to do the cover for my kid detectives Charlie and Chuck, there was really only one artist I had in mind and that was Randy Reynaldo. With his marvelous Rob Haynes Adventures, Randy has dedicated himself to carrying on the tradition of the bravura picaresque comic strip hero in the tradition of Lyman Young’s Tim Tyler’s Luck, Caniff”s Terry and the Pirates, and Noel Sickles masterwork Scorchy Smith. I just felt his style and touch would be perfect for my detective duo and I have to say that I’ve never been righter. When little or no stage direction from me (other than my showing him one of my Charlie and Chuck strips that I created in the fifth grade, which, believe me, was hardly any help at all) he skillfully extrapolated the essence of those characters and created a scenario with a pirate treasure that was spot on. He even tossed in tossed in a character of his own creation in Adventure Dan, the Pat Ryan surrogate who was the missing piece in my cast. The cover will be auctioned off during the Heritage Signature Auction November 16-17 in Beverly Hills and online.

I hope that seeing these examples of Randy’s work here will cause you to seek out more of his Rob Hanes Adventures comics. You’ll be happy that you did. And, while you’re at it, slide over to the Gallery and check out his terrific Batom Comics cover that was revealed today.

Batty Batom Bullpen – Neil Vokes

posted on June 10, 2017

The latest revelation in the Batom Comics cover gallery is by the incomparable Neil Vokes. I first became aware of Neil’s work back in the day on Ninjack and it led to my seeking his stuff out whenever I dropped into my local comics shop. Neil’s Starbuck Jones cover completes the Octo-Shark trilogy. When Neil’s cover arrived, I immediate knew that his monster was in the Octo-Shark family and dubbed it the Saber Toothed Octo-Shark. As before, I mentioned this fact when it appeared in Funky but was still too timid to slap the name on Neil’s gorgeous cover. I think it’s fascinating that, without any guidance from me, three of the Batom Comics cover artists chose tentacled monsters for their covers. Great minds, huh?

To see exactly what I’m talking about, scoot on over to the Gallery and check all of them out. And if you want to be the one who owns the Octo-Shark trilogy, then be sure to take part in the Heritage Auction taking place November 16-17 as they auction all of the covers off for the benefit of the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for Cancer Research.