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John Darling – Take 5

posted on November 16, 2015

John Darling - Take 5

John Darling – Take 4

posted on October 28, 2015

John Darling - Take 4

Back in the day, we used to get color proofs of the Sunday strips. Eventually that policy was ended, but since I had a color proof of the second Darling Sunday, I thought I’d use that. As he would continue to do, Tom A knocked it out of the park. And, as is my wont, I didn’t show John getting torched by Gene Simmons, but instead left it off panel for the reader’s imagination to fill-in.

John Darling – Take 3

posted on October 14, 2015

John Darling - Take 3

This was the first John Darling Sunday to appear in the papers. It wasn’t the first  I wrote or my first choice. The strip that I wanted for the first one was the Tom Armstrong’s version of my pitch Sunday featuring Kiss, one of the hottest bands going at that moment. I thought it would make a distinctive and dramatic splash on the nation’s comics pages and would follow a week of dailies featuring Kiss. At the last minute, the syndicate decided that they wanted the strip to begin on a Sunday, so I fell back on the way I had opened Funky and wrote a piece introducing all of the characters. It tapped into the Funky karma which Tom A added to by creating a logo with John Darling’s face in it as I had done in Funky from the beginning. I appreciated that nice thought and, in the end, we had a pretty good strip to kick things off.