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Stan Goldberg: 1932-2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

StanIt’s with great sadness I pass on the news that comic book legend Stan Goldberg passed away today at age 82 from complications of a severe stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Stan and his wife Pauline were two of the most wonderful, friendly and genuine people the Lovely Anna and I ever had the privilege of getting to know through the National Cartoonists Society… and that is saying a lot as we count many, many NCS members as very good friends.

Stan had the kind of career in comics that in some ways flew under the radar, but in others was one of rare influence and greatly respected by industry pros. He was best known as a principal artist for Archie Comics for over 30 years, but he also freelanced for many others. He worked for Timely Comics, which would become Atlas and then Marvel, and was the colorist for their early titles, coming up with many of the color schemes for the costumes for The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk and other eventual staples of the Marvel superhero world. After a split with Archie, Stan continued to work for companies like Bongo, DC and others on a variety of titles.

Stan was such an easy person to talk to. Soft spoken, he had so many stories of the old days in the Marvel bullpen, his time with Archie and the people he’d met and worked with you could completely lose track of time listening… yet at no time did you ever get the feeling any of the things he said were about himself. He was as humble and selfless a man as one could meet. He had a joy for comics and cartooning that was infectious.

The last few years at the NCS Reuben Awards were special ones for Stan and Pauline. In 2012 in Las Vegas, the NCS honored him with the “Gold Key” award, inducting him into the NCS Hall of Fame. A very humble man, Stan was really moved by the recognition, but it was undeniably well-deserved. You should know you are a big deal in the world of comics when Stan Lee sends in a long video tribute to you for your award presentation! It was wonderful to see him get that award.

This past year was another special Reubens for the Goldbergs. Back in October of last year, Stan and Pauline were involved in a terrible car accident that badly injured them both. I was told that one of the first things they said after beginning their long roads to recovery was that they were determined to get better and go to the Reubens in San Diego that following May. In fact, they had their room booked right after the accident as incentive. At the Reuben Awards dinner we recognized them and let them know how glad we were they were there and how important they are to the NCS family with a thunderous round of applause. They are such special people. Little did we know we were also saying goodbye to Stan.

I saw Stan and Pauline back in June at the annual NCS “Bunny Bash” party hosted by Bunny Hoest-Carpenter in her backyard on Long Island, and I had a chance to sit and talk for a good long time with Stan about things. I almost did not make it to that event, and I am sure glad I did. It’s very easy to say the cartooning world will miss someone who had a long and influential career in the industry, but it hits hard when you also counted them a real friend.

It was a delight and a privilege to know Stan Goldberg. The Lovely Anna and my heart goes out to Pauline and the Goldberg family. the NCS and the world is a little poorer place tonight, and our hearts are heavy. God bless, Stan. Thanks for being you.

The Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I officially succumbed to peer pressure and did the Ice Bucket Challenge:

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Embarrassing, but I ended up donating to ALS research anyway…

BTW I was challenged by illustrator Howie Noel, comic book superstar Doug Mahnke and Reuben award winning “Baby Blues” cartoonist Rick Kirkman, and I in turn challenged my brothers-in-law Joe, Paul, Dave and Chris Voss.

Don’t forget to donate here: http://www.alsa.org/donate/

“Bats in the Belfry” LE Print Now Available!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As promised, “Bats in the Belfry” is now on sale in the Studio Store. For those looking for one of the inked originals and “special edition” prints that accompany it, I will be posting the ones that have not already been claimed later today. Here’s the copy from the print product page:

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Batman is one of the most enduring and beloved comic book characters of all time, and has been portrayed in many different ways on television and in film since the mid 1900s. This limited edition print caricatures, and pokes a little gentle fun at, the eight different portrayals of the fictional Dark Knight spanning over 70 years of Batman on the big and small screens:

  • Lewis Wilson- “Batman” movie serial series from 1943
  • Robert Lowery- “Batman and Robin” movie serial series from 1949
  • Adam West- “Batman” television series series, 1966-68
  • Michael Keaton- “Batman” and “Batman Returns” films, 1989 & 92
  • Val Kilmer- “Batman Forever” film, 1995
  • George Clooney- “Batman and Robin” film, 1997
  • Christian Bale.- “The Dark Knight” film trilogy, 2005-2012
  • Ben Affleck- “Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice” upcoming film, 2016

Fans of the Caped Crusader will love this unique collectible, created by MAD magazine artist Tom Richmond (me… duh)! Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube, and signed and personalized if directed.

“Bats in the Belfry” Limited Edition Print

  • Artwork by award winning MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond
  • 450 signed and numbered prints
  • 11″ x 28″, elegant matte finish professional print
  • Only $25.00 (cheap) plus shipping

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Here’s a gallery of the different Batmen caricatures from the print:

 

8 Days of Batmen- Ben Affleck!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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One of the stars of the upcoming movie “Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice”, Ben Affleck. I’ve come to terms with the choice of actor here, and will give Affleck a chance to make me forget he’s Ben Affleck and believe he is Batman… not sure he can pull that off, but he’s got the benefit of my doubt. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, which debuted this week at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and will be onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!

Look for the full print image on Monday, and details on how to order your signed, limited edition print!

8 Days of Batmen- Christian Bale!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Star of the Christopher Nolan “Dark Knight” movie trilogy, Christian Bale. One of eight caricatures from my new limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting this weekend at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!

8 Days of Batmen- George Clooney!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

GClooney97Star of the 1995 box office disappointment “Batman and Robin”, George Clooney. The less said about that movie the better. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting TODAY at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!

I’ll be at Chicago Comic Con!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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I’ll be appearing at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Thursday-Sunday this week, taking place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL! You will find me at booth F13 in Artist’s Alley. Here are the show hours:

Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
Friday, August 22, 2014 – 12 noon – 7pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 10am – 8pm
Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 11am – 5pm

I’ll be selling copies of my book The Mad Art of Caricature!, both of my current limited edition prints “The Game is Foot” and “Bats in the Belfry” (and a handful of press over run prints of my Doctor Who L.E.P while they last), loads of original MAD magazine art, and will be doing caricatures/commissions as well.

I’ll also be on a panel Thursday night on humor in comics:

7:00 – 7:45PM HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! WITH MAD’S TOM RICHMOND, JASON YUNGBLUTH AND JIM BROZMAN (ROOM 2)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, three of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor—Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine; 2012 National Cartoonist Society’s “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”), Jason Yungbluth (MAD Magazine; Weapon Brown) and Jim Brozman (Dick Tracy; Dr. Weird)—tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

Come by and visit! Bring me a Monster Zero Ultra energy drink (the one in the white can) and get a free Alfred E. Neuman as Batman sketch to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary!

8 Days of Batmen- Val Kilmer!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

VKilmer95Star of the 1995 movie “Batman Forever”, Val Kilmer. Who could forget the scene in the Batcave when a shirtless Kilmer rises to his feet to intimidate Chris O’Donnell‘s Dick Grayson, but Val looks like a scrawny wimp? Good thing the suit has plenty of muscles… and nipples! One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting this Thursday at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!

8 Days of Batmen- Michael Keaton!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

MKeaton89Star of the Tim Burton movies “Batman” and “Batman Returns”, Michael Keaton. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting this Thursday at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store on Monday!

8 Days of Batmen- Adam West!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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We interrupt “Monday MADness” this week with the continuation of our “8 Days of Batmen”, finally reaching the colorful Caped Crusaders… starting with the most colorful of all! It’s the star of the 1966 TV series “Batman”, Adam West! This is a little different take on the caricature I did for the NCS Comic-Con T-shirt. One of eight caricatures from my upcoming limited edition print “Bats in the Belfry”, debuting this Thursday at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, and onsale in The Studio Store next Monday, Aug. 25th!

 

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