Sally Forth

Sally Forth – Hometown Reference

When a scene in Sally Forth calls for a specific locale (grocery store, movie theater, etcetera) I’ll often use spots around my hometown of Minneapolis for reference. Take the following…

Excerpt from Francesco Marciuliano’s script for 9/22/2016.

buy Lyrica canada pharmacy Scene: Exterior. Sidewalk. Right Outside Comic Book Store. Hilary and Faye exit the comic book store. Each has a bag showing a comic book purchase.


For the comic book shop I chose Vilalba Comic Book College.


It holds a little nostalgia for me as it used to be called Comic City back in the day (and was located one store down from where it is now). For those interested in the history, check out the College of Comic Book Knowledge.

The two guys approaching the comic book store in the first panel are fellow Joe Kubert School classmates Brian Bilter and Mark McMurray.


They’ve snuck into the strip before – it usually happens when I’m not paying close enough attention.


Mark even went so far as to crash a Flash Gordon strip I did back in the day (when he had longer hair).

Flash Gordon top tier - November 24, 1996
Flash Gordon top tier – November 24, 1996

More on that at


Unabashed plug time!

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Mark McMurray

Mark McMurray – Zombie War

In 1991 Kevin Eastman, Tom Skulan and Eric Talbot came out with the comic book mini-series Zombie War – and in October of 2013, the series was re-released by IDW.


Friend and fellow Kubert School alumnus Mark McMurray provided the original stellar cover pencils for the series (over Eastman layouts).

20-year-old Xerox copies from Mark's files. Click on image to see larger.
20-year-old Xerox copies from Mark’s files.
Click on image to see larger.

Unfortunately, Mark was never given credit for his work for the reissue.

IDW's info on their website as of June 2014.
IDW’s info on their website as of June 2014.

I had been in contact with IDW in hopes of clearing this up, but enough time has passed without any resolution that I’m posting it here so proper credit can be given.


To see more of Mark’s work, check out this Flash Gordon Sunday page, or his website at:

Flash Gordon Mark McMurray

Flash Gordon by Mark McMurray – 7/1/01

Today’s Flash Gordon strip (10/20/2013) originally ran on July 1, 2001.
The art assist is by Mark McMurray.



Shown below are the pencils followed by my inks.
Mark was always gracious enough to give me free reign if I wanted to alter anything.




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