Created in 1939 (one month after Superman first appeared) by writer Gardner Fox and and artist Bert Christman, Wesley Dodds was a somnambulist-turned-superhero who wore an eerie gas mask and used a sleep-inducing gas gun, a kind of nonlethal variation on the Shadow. Inspired by the success of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN series (Gaiman’s Sandman being inspired by the earlier iteration) Wesley Dodds was revived in 1993 by writers Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle and artist Guy Davis in Vertigo’s SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER, a moody crime comic set in the late ’30s.
SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER artist Guy David depicted the Sandman’s alter ego Wesley Dodds and his girlfriend and confidant Dian Belmont as a rumpled, bookish, roly-poly couple, unusual for mainstream comics. I was inspired by Davis’ interpretation of the Sandman, as well as the rotund, overcoat-wearing protagonist of a Moebius story, To See Naples.
This piece was sculpted with a gray mix of Super-Sculpey and Sculpey III over an aluminum armature, molded in Smooth-On Oomoo 30, cast in Smooth-Cast 300, primed and painted with acrylic paints and accented with chalk and pastels. The finished piece stands about 7″ high.
A number of folks helpfully pointed out that this site’s old banner was, in point of fact, a painting. And just maybe, for a site called “JFSculpts,” it’d be more fitting to present a sculpture. And to these folks I’d usually say “You’re not my real dad!”
But they were right. (Not about being my dad, but about the painting thing.)
So I made a new banner incorporating myself (far right) and Gussy, Big Jerk of a Little Bear (far left) on a glowy banner.
First the sculptures, which were reliefs done in Sculpey Firm and Sculpey III. They were then primed:
Then, incorporating a trick from the opening titles of John Carpenter’s THE THING, I cut out banner letters and placed them in from of a glowing surface:
(That’s my computer monitor.)
Everything was photographed separately, then I put it all together in Photoshop, and here we are.