Inktober 2018 – Day 3

Inktober for October 3rd – Showing inks old and new.

Here’s a cover I did for Comics Revue.
The image was inspired by a Flash Gordon story by Mac Raboy that was reprinted in that issue.

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-Jim Keefe

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Inktober 2018 – Day 2

Showing inks old and new for Inktober 2018.

Here’s pencils and inks done for two upcoming Sally Forth dailies. The space needed for lettering is figured out as part of the rough layouts that I light box onto bristol paper. I then scan the artwork and lay the lettering in digitally in Photoshop.

I’m running a little late on deadlines, therefor I saw the need to draw a crowded hallway in the first panel instead of taking a shortcut. As in, “What the heck was I thinking?!”

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-Jim Keefe

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Inktober 2018 – Day 1

Inktober for October 1st – Showing inks old and new.

Here’s a Godzilla/Sally Forth mashup from last year’s Kaiju Theme Park storyline.

I pasted on the lettering (which is usually done in Photoshop, not on the original) so you can see the whole gag. The last panel was done digitally so that’s a paste-up as well. As you can probably guess, this one took awhile.

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-Jim Keefe

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Company I – Sketchbook & Notes

“I crossed the Saar at Echternach and drove to Bitburg…it showed the tremendous difficulties overcome by the 76th Division in forcing the Siegfried line.

”From one point on the road along which the 76th Division had successfully advanced, fifteen pillboxes were visible in addition to dragon’s teeth and anti-tank ditches. Yet this relatively green division went through them.”

George S. Patton, Jr.
“War as I Knew It”


Lt Richard Keefe – 8 April, 1945 – Kefferhausen, Germany
From a picture sent home to family while the Company was in reserve.


For more on Company I, go to
Company I, 304th Regiment, 76th Division

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German City Honors 76th Infantry Division

Frank Mucedola

Frank Mucedola (1921-2007) served as a Tech Sergeant in I-304-76. A musician in civilian life, he established the Frank Mucedola Accordian School in Auburn, New York and has toured with the world-renowned Mantovani Orchestra.

The following article originally ran in
The Auburn Citizen August 24, 2003.

The 76th Infantry Division received its “Baptism of Fire” during the battle of the Bulge.

After crossing into Germany from Belgium and Luxembourg, the division was the spearhead of General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army final drive across central Germany and were among the first troops to make contact with the Soviet Red Army in the vicinity of Chemnitz, Germany, in May 1945.

The 76th Division had gone further east into Germany than any other American unit.

When Germany was divided into East and West, the 76th Division found itself in the East and was subsequently pulled back into the Western Zone.

However, between May and August 1945, when the Russians arrived, the 76th Division was on occupation duty in Schmolln, Thuringen, Germany.

From August 1945 until the Berlin wall fell, schools in occupied East Germany were required to teach students that Germany had been liberated from the Nazis by “The Glorious Red Army.”

The pre-1945 generation knew better, but kept silent out of fear of reprisals.

When the 76th Division was relieved of its occupation duties in August 1945, it was deactivated and its troops were reassigned to other units slated for the invasion of Japan which, for a brief time, was still at war with the United States.

Fortunately, that assignment never materialized as the atomic bomb ended the war and the troops were sent home.

Many years later, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the people of Schmolln in the former East Germany wanted to correct what they knew was a historical lie. They were not liberated from the Nazis by the Soviet Army, but by the 76th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

On April 13, 2003, the people of Schmolln erected a memorial to the 76th Division to show their appreciation.

I am one of the nine Auburnians who served in the 76th Infantry Division during World War II and am grateful that the people of Schmolln have honored us with their thoughtfulness.

-Frank Mucedola

Auburnians who served in the 76th Division in WWII

George P. Diehl
Paul J. DiFabion
Ronald P. Hart
Robert T. Mott
Frank Mucedola
James Napoli
George T Ryan
James Smith
Paul A. Tripociano


Pictures from a 2003 Veterans Tour that included Schmölln.

Mayor Köhler and Jay Hamilton unveiling plaque.
@2003 Sven Krause

Veterans of the 76th Division
@2003 Anne Adams

@2003 Charles Themar

Inscription on plaque:


APRIL 13, 2003


Dave Keefe

In 2010 David Keefe, a US Marine and grandson to Richard Keefe (I-304-76), visited Schmölln to honor his Grandfather’s service in the War and to see the plaque firsthand. Here’s the video he took.

For more pics of Schmölln taken by David Keefe, go to
Schmölln, Germany – Then and Now

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