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Original Art Stories: Brian Postman vs Mark Bright

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I was surprised a few years back to discover that Brian Postman was originally tapped to draw issue #2 of the mini-series, The Falcon. The first issue of the four issue mini-series was penciled by Paul Smith, at the time becoming white hot with one of the finest runs on the X-Men.  Despite being inked by Vinnie Colletta, Smith's fine line shone through and there was a lot of expectation for the series.  However Smith only ever penciled issued #1 and the covers for the first two issues, being replaced by Mark Bright on pencils, Colletta was replaced by Mike Gustovich, and the art team remained stable for the next three issues.

However before Bright snared the gig, Postman was handed the Jim 'Preist' Owsley script by Editor In Chief Jim Shooter in late 1982 and asked to begin drawing.  Brian managed to get the first six pages done, but as soon as the pages arrived at Marvel he was tapped to begin drawing Spider-Woman by editor Mark Gruenwald - and it's not that hard to …

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Original Art Stories: Frank Miller vs Klaus Janson

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You may remember a while back I received an email from The Former DC Staffer who discussed the falling out between Frank Miller and Klaus Janson over The Dark Knight Returns. Here's how the FDCS remembered it, "Klaus Janson was working Dark Knight and used Greg Brooks as a background inker. Well Frank Miller gets wind of this and has a fit, something about the integrity of the project and letting an amateur put his hands on it. The end result was art for Dark Knight #1 and #4 went to Frank Miller and art for Dark Knight #2 and #3 went to Klaus Janson. Now here's an interesting bit, the original art never once came into the production department. It was sent to a printer for black and blue line copies on strathmore paper. Corrections were made by Bob (little fingers of lead) Rozakis on the printed blackplate; hence the famous Lois Lane flub in Dark Knight #1. As a production man Bob was a great accountant!"

As we also know Brooks wasn't the only background assi…

Captain America Movie Poster Art: 'Nuff Said

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Original Art Stories: Vintage Gene Colan, Part II

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I posted a vintage Atlas story by Gene Colan yesterday, so I thought I'd follow it up with yet another, in original art form. This story, titled 'Kunga', was published in Journey Into Mystery #81 and dates from 1962.

"I did everything from my home, or apartment, wherever I was living at the time. I know artists can be a strange bunch, they’ll get together, they’ll work almost in a closet, it doesn’t matter to them, and they don’t need very much room. I seen work passed, believe me, back and forth right, with the penciler passing his pencil assignment that he just finished over to an inker and they would do this quickly over the turnstile of the subway station. As one was coming in from the subway and one was going into the subway they just happened to pass each other by accident and one had the artwork under his arm and he was the guy who was going to meet the one that was coming out and he didn’t realize that he’d be meeting him in the subway. And it was just b…

Original Art Stories: Vintage Gene Colan, Part I

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My word it's been a while, so in order to ease myself back into things I'd like to share a couple of great Gene Colan vintage stories, in their purest form, that being original art, just to remind everyone of what a major talent he was, and indeed still is.

This first story is titled 'The Last Stop', and comes from World of Fantasy #10, as published by Atlas (Marvel) Comics in 1957. "When I first started with Timely," said Gene, "it was called Timely Comics, now it’s Marvel. We were working in the Empire State Building and that’s where I really got the experience that I needed. I was hired to do the work and I was paid for it and I didn’t know a heck of a lot about anything.

"I stared in ’46 working for Timely and before that I worked for a very small publication house on, I think it was right on 5th Avenue in New York and it was called Fiction House. It was just a summertime job before I went into the service. It was my first real professional j…