THE SHADOW

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Created in 1930 as a disembodied narrator for radio crime dramas, the Shadow eventually gained a persona, backstory, and has had many bloody adventures on radio (voiced by a young Orson Welles, among others), pulp magazines (mostly written by magician-turned-author Walter B. Gibson under the pen-name Maxwell Grant), comic books, and film (a 1994 feature starring Alec Baldwin). Having learned to “cloud men’s minds” in the Far East, Lamont Cranston (a.k.a. Kent Allard) returns to his native New York City and wages a brutal war on crime, aided by agents from many different fields of expertise. His famous catchphrase “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” was often accompanied, on radio, by his chilling, humorless laughter.

The Shadow was a precursor to Batman, and a huge influence on Batman’s creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Batman spent his first year occasionally toting a gun and dispatching criminals as ruthlessly as the Shadow did.

This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpt, and Apoxie, and painted with acrylics and cel vinyl.

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BOSTON COMIC CON 2015 WRAP-UP

Here are my 2015 Boston Comic Con commissions! People made requests and I did my best to sculpt them on the fly. I got a great bunch this year (click to enlarge):

  1. Black Manta
  2.  MODOK
  3. Thanos
  4. Godzilla
  5. Raptor with comic books
  6. She-Hulk 1
  7. Captain America
  8. Robocop
  9. Sailor V
  10. She-Hulk 2

Plus I made  few other pre-prepared pieces (click to embiggen):

Squirrel Girl (and Tippy Toe!), Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel, and Batman reliefs.

Thanks to everyone who visited!

Batgirl of Burnside

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I was excited by the new creative team on BATGIRL- writer/breakdown artist Cameron Stewart, co-writer Brenden Fletcher, artist Babs Tarr, colorist Maris Wicks and letter Jared K. Fletcher– and I wanted to sculpt Barbara Gordon in her new costume.

I based this pose on the cover of her first appearance in Detective Comics #359, as drawn by Carmine Infantino, with additional design input by John Vukelic. This was done for the 6th Annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show.

These pictures were shot on-site in the display case. I’ll try to get some better pictures soon.

Batgirl Black and White

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It’s the Winter Solstice and  time for the annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show!

And above is my contribution, designed for me in record time by Erica Henderson. Here’s her design: tumblr_mxf9syD61F1r6m3eno1_1280

And here are some pics of the work-in-progress, made from Sculpey Firm over an aluminum armature:

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Here’s another pic Erica took of it from the front. I’ll get some more pics and post them soon!

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The 4th Annual DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Art Show

Every year near the Winter Solstice,  Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts  holds an exhibition of Batman art by local artists. My 12 Days of the Batman mini-busts were on display, as well as numerous other works by some great artists.

Photos of the event, taken by shop owner Tim Finn, can be seen here. 

I was interviewed about the event by the Boston Herald, and you can read the article here.

Can’t wait to do it again next year, same Bat-Time…