Friday, August 19, 2011
Comic Cuts - 19 August 2011
Since The Guardian will be running the piece, I can't really preempt it by writing about Lopez here. I'll put up a link when the obituary appears and say, simply, that Solano played a large part in my childhood comics' reading with his work on strips like Kelly's Eye, Raven on the Wing, Janus Stark and Adam Eterno. I had the good fortune of contacting the artist in 1990 and he very kindly revealed how he was able to keep up such a prolific production schedule with the use of a studio full of assistants. What he described as "broken English" was actually very good written English and I count myself lucky that I was able to correspond with one of my heroes of comics.
I have also been discussing a couple of Bear Alley Books projects with various people which will hopefully come to pass. I won't jinx them by talking about them here just yet, but one is an index and the other a comic strip collection. I still have the Mike Western book in the pipeline but I've not had a huge amount of time recently to work on anything other than earning a living. Believe me when I say Bear Alley Books is a labour of love: even earning minimum wage from the work I put in is a distant dream!
Eagles Over the Western Front Volume 1. I've had some great feedback on the Eagles books and, as you'll see from the above, I've always thinking of new projects. Thanks to computer problems and the need to pay off the costs of a new one, I've rather lost the momentum that was carrying me forward with Bear Alley Books... I'd hoped that I would have a new book out every couple of months but, as so often happens, real life often gets in the way of the best laid plans. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon.
I've just realised that Bear Alley is five years old. The first post appeared on 15 August 2006 and after a few months of occasional jottings, we've been posting daily (with the occasional glitch) ever since - somewhat over 2,100 posts. Who'd'a thought it... and me so easily distracted that I rarely stick with anything longer than a few months. This is a good opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed over the years, not just the occasional column but to everyone who comments and sends me feedback.
And so to today's random scans. Last week I ran a cover from an old Panther book - The Veils of Fear by Geoffrey Mark - and asked whether the artist was Barye Phillips. This was quickly confirmed (thanks to Joe Jusko and Rob Matthews) and here's the original appearance of the cover to prove it.
(* Kelly's Eye © IPC Media; Eagles Over the Western Front © Look and Learn Ltd.)