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Russ Heath

posted on August 31, 2018

The Silver Age of comics has lost some of its luster with the news that Russ Heath has died. As a youth scouring the comics spinner racks, Russ Heath quickly became one of the artists I sought out. Back when few artists signed their comic book work, I first learned who Russ was in a Sea Devil’s comic wherein we the readers were asked to vote among several artist who were being tried-out for the book. In a testimony to the impression he made, his is the only name I still recall from that tryout issue.

I followed his work on The Silent Knight and The Haunted Tank and, when the time came to find and artist for my Tank Thompson cover in Funky, Russ was quite naturally the first artist I thought of. Not many of us get to meet our heroes let alone work with them, and it was an honor and a privilege to be able to do that. The Silver Age firmament will be a little darker now with the loss of one of it’s brightest stars.

Yet Another Ripples Effect

posted on July 11, 2018

I’m continuing to enjoy my trip into the past reading the New York Daily News Sunday sections from 1948.  And, George Clark’s work on Ripples remains as enchanting as ever.

Tom Corbet Space Cadet

posted on February 27, 2018

This is probably going to brand me as the old fart that I probably am, but, as I watched Star Wars – The Last Jedi, I found myself wondering what was left for a viewer to imagine anymore. Not a lot. What this will do to imaginations long term is an unknown, but before there was a rebel command center or the bridge of the Enterprise, there was the deck of the Polaris with Cadet Astro, Cadet Tom Corbet, Cadet Roger Manning and Captain Strong. There wasn’t a great deal to work with there, but it allowed a viewer’s imagination to run wild and perhaps, just perhaps, one day imagine something like… Star Wars.

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