Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Writer: Gerry Conway Artist: Ross Andru Inkers: Frank Giacoia & David Hunt Letterer: Artie Simek Colorist: Jan Cohen Editor: Len Wein
The scene begins on the bottom of page 10. No in-depth analysis here, I’m just going to let the scene speak for itself.
A definite game changer…
And if you need a reminder on just how good an artist Andru truly was, check out the buy disulfiram in uk Superman vs the Amazing Spider-Man treasury edition (the subsequent reprints that were printed regular comic book size DO NOT do it justice).
Last but not least, a piece that ran in Marvel Age upon Andru’s death back in 1993.
Appearing in Fiction House’s Wings Comics in the 1940s, Jane Martin’s adventures started as a nurse during WWII – in the years to follow she would add ace pilot, spy and intrepid reporter to her repotoire.
Written by F E Lincoln (perhaps a “house name” and not a real person), a number of artists worked on the feature, one of which was George Evans.
Spotlighted below is a page by Evans, followed by a commission piece he did over fifty years later.
To check out some of Jane Martin’s adventures, check out the following blogs…
Today’s Flash Gordon page (11/25/2012) originally appeared August 6, 2000. Since it focuses on Secret Agent Corrigan and his team the first tier has a group shot with artwork by veteran Secret Agent artist, George Evans.
For a larger version, just click on the artwork. For more on Evans’ work on Secret Agent Corrigan check out my previous blog post for art and links aplenty: George Evans – Secret Agent Corrigan
I really wanted to show that Dale wasn’t just a damsel in distress in this storyline – that she’d play an active role.
Today’s strip just emphasizes that fact – which will have ramifications for Corrigan later…
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by Tony DePaul (Scripts), Paul Ryan (Daily Art) & Terry Beatty (Sunday Art)
by Mark Schultz and Tom Yeates
The Amazing Spider-Man
by Stan Lee (Scripts), Larry Lieber (Daily Art) and Alex Saviuk & Joe Sinnott (Sunday Art)
Vintage Strips like: Juliet Jones by Stan Drake Big Ben Bolt by John Cullen Murphy Flash Gordon by Dan Barry (Daily Art) & Mac Raboy (Sunday Art) Rip Kirby by Alex Raymond
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Taking over after Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson’s run, George Evans’ first daily for Secret Agent Corrigan hit newspapers on February 4, 1980. He had ghosted for Williamson occasionally, but now he was at the helm as writer and artist. Evans continued on the strip for the next sixteen years.
I was first introduced to George Evans’ artistry while working on staff at King Features Syndicate. Ignorant of the huge body of work he had done, I was immediately drawn to the action-packed and beautifully illustrated job he was doing on the strip.
Striking up a correspondance with him, he was more than willing to try to assist a newcomer like myself that was just breaking into the field. The following is a Flash Gordon Sunday page I sent George for critique with the latter being his suggestions on tracing paper.
Because of the decline of adventure strips in newspapers, George Evans’ work on Secret Agent Corrigan didn’t reach the wider audience that would have appreciated it. Maurice Horn lamented this fact in his book, 100 Years of American Newpaper Comics:
“It is unfortunate that because of (Secret Agent Corrigan’s) limited circulation, few people are able to read and appreciate one of the genuinely interesting action strips still extant, a strip carried on in dashing style by Evans.”
Upon Evans’ retirement from the strip in 1996, King Features discontinued the strip. The last daily saw print on February 10, 1996.
It wouldn’t be the last time Evans drew Secret Agent. In the summer of 2000 I started a storyline where Secret Agent and Flash Gordon would eventually cross paths (the two strips both originally drawn by Alex Raymond). The climactic page where they meet I handed over to Evans.
Nearly seventy years after a top-secret escort mission flown by four American aces ends mysteriously, a missionary in Papua New Guinea makes a startling discovery. One of the missing planes—a P-38 Lightning belonging to the flight leader—is found deep in the jungle. Half a world away, others who learn of the surprising discovery race to unlock the past. Greed, betrayal, and brutality descend on an isolated valley where tribal life, unchanged for a century, is about to be visited by a whirlwind of violence.
“A great story . . . you won’t want to put this book down.”
—Col. Perry Dahl, USAF (Ret.), WWII veteran and P-38 ace, 432nd Fighter Squadron, Southwest Pacific Theater
“MacIntosh has skillfully blended interesting fact with intriguing fiction to capture the experiences of our combat aircrews of WWII and the impact on their immediate families and descendants.”
—Brig. Gen. Dennis Shulstad, USAF (Ret.)
Oct. 13, 1 to 4 pm: the American Legion in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
14521 Granada Drive – Apple Valley, MN 55214
Nov. 11, 3 pm: the American Legion in Rosemount, Minnesota.
14590 Burma Avenue West – Rosemount, MN 55068
December 4th, 6:30 – 8:00pm: the Robert Trail Library.
14395 Robert Trail South – Rosemount, Minnesota 55068
Craig MacIntosh will be the featured speaker in the ongoing “Meet the Author” series.
When not writing, Craig MacIntosh can be found in the Sunday paper, with fellow cartoonist Steve Sack, in their Sunday comics feature Doodles. MacIntosh also illustrates the comic strip Sally Forth, written by Francesco Marciuliano, which appears in over 600 papers.
UPDATE: Book Launch on October 13th at the American Legion in Apple Valley, MN.
Here’s some pics from Craig MacIntosh’s book launch party for The Last Lightning, including a WWII reenactor that was on hand who introduced Craig.