Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Captain America Mondays #4: Kurtzerg is Better Than Lichtenstein

Frail and Sickly No Longer!. Acrylic on board. 24x22. After the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Syd Shores, and Artie Simek from Captain America #109 (1968). 
The comic book:
The panel:

Pertaining to the title of this blog post:

And something to think about:

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The New Suit

Unless you're a comic book fan, you probably don't know where Captain America's new suit in The Winter Soldier comes from. I'm not crazy about it--Cap needs to have some red and white stripes--but it is inspired by the comics. Here's a little write-up on it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Captain America Mondays #3: A Quick Sketch

I had hoped to have a large painting up for today, but it's not quite ready. Tune in next week for that. Here's a quick sketch influenced by Captain America: The First Avenger.

And here's a new TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Why All the Love? (My First Comic Book)

If you've been checking in on this blog over the last week and a half, you my be wondering, "Why all the love for Captain America?" (You're probably not, but it's a good way to start this post.) Here's an excerpt from a journalistic creative nonfiction paper about comic books I did for a class I took last year:

     But twenty-nine years ago, I knew nothing about specialty shops (and reading comics—or anything—on a computer tablet was only a science fiction idea!). I saw Captain America #300 on a spinning wire rack in a local deli/newspaper/liquor store; my mother let me pick one comic out of a few dozen that were stocked on the rack. I didn’t really know much about comic books. I had watched reruns of the Batman TV show so I understood some of the lingo and sound effects (WHAM! KAPOW!).  So, for an eight year old boy, the comic book with Captain America and his arch enemy the Red Skull beating the crap out of each other on the cover looked awesome! After reading it a few times, I traced pictures from it in order to teach myself to draw like the artist of the book, not realizing that I was erasing the monetary value of the comic. A few years later I learned how to take care of these precious collectable items that would make me rich someday. I learned that my defacement of this issue made it worthless, so it got tossed.

My search for Captain America #300 was used to tie various parts of my "journalism" together. Anyway, this issue has a cover date of December 1984 and Captain America went on to be the first comic book I collected.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Some of the Greatest Captain America Stories.

There's a lot of articles out there like this one, but I think I agree with this list the most (although not necessarily in this order). And it's got lots of cool images and links within it. Captain America Top Ten Graphic Novels:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Captain America Mondays #2 and Trailer 2

And the new trailer:

I've also been posting Captain America related stuff throughout the week for those interested. Just click on the blog title at the top to view all posts.
Thanks for looking,
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