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Happy Birthday Stephism!

Our very own Stephism is growing up, turning an amazingly ancient 25 years old as of yesterday. I'm sure she had a good time, after all she left her birthday card behind at our place and this photo was taken before she got drunk and passed out. Ya should have seen her afterwards! Poor ole Chadwick had to carry her home.

But seriously, Steph, we love ya babe, you're one of our favourites and as I told you last night, you ain't anywhere near old yet. Give it time. Perhaps next year? Oh, and you did leave the card behind you absent minded thing you!

Original Art Stories: Avengers #1; Real Or Recreation, Part V

When all was said and done the auction was ended before it's time. The sellers of the Avengers #1 splash page decided, for their own reasons, to end the auction before it was due to end. It might be nothing more than they were sick of being asked if it was real and decided to accept an offer made to them to sell it away from eBay. That happens all the time (I've lost track of how many times I've listed something to have someone ask me to end the auction with a modest offer attached - I always refuse) and although it's against eBay rules, there's really nothing in place to stop the practice. If the sellers decide to speak and tell people what happened then we'll know, otherwise we'll wait and see who pops up as the new owner. One thing is for sure, the controversy won't die easily.

So is it a recreation or the real deal? There's more than enough compelling arguments for both. If it is real then it's been heavily restored, which, to me anyway, redu…

Original Art Stories: Avengers #1; Real Or Recreation, Part IV

Just when you thought it was's not. Nowhere near it. If you're a reader from a certain forum best that you vanish now, you won't like any of this. Guess what? Another page from Avengers #1 has surfaced on eBay and amazingly enough the scans look nothing like the splash page being sold on the same site. What are the differences?

Charles Yoakum recently posted a comment on this very blog about the splash page. Part of what he said was, "I will say that I've not seen art of that vintage that has not a) yellowed as a part of the natural aging process or b)got a lot of notations or grease pencil markings on the border. It seems that Jack would use a large black grease pencil to mark the page numbers and book titles i.e. "Avengers #1") on the margins. It is pretty much the same on the twice up FF page from issue #20 that I have, as on the page that Jack merely laid out for Don Heck on Avengers #11 that I have as well." Now this end page has t…

Original Art Stories: Marvel Masterworks Non-Original Artists, Part II: Chris Fama

Way back when I discussed the practice of Marvel using largely uncredited artists for recreation work for their Marvel Masterworks line. You can read it here. Since then my article has turned into a saga, worthy of at least a two part epic as inked by Vinnie Colletta, or a made for TV movie starring Sonny Tufts.

At the time a lot of the names mentioned were new to me, and I suspect they were new to a lot of others as well. In some circles the practice of having art totally recreated was common knowledge, yet I came across more than one person who had no idea, including quite a few people who should have known but never did. In all of the fighting over buns that's gone on since (it's starting to denigrate into tongue poking, finger pointing, he said/she said type stuff now) a few names have surfaced, one of which is a guy called Chris Fama.

Chris does a fair bit of work for Marvel and has offered to share what he does so that I, and hopefully a few others, can begin to understand…

Original Art Stories: Avengers #1; Real Or Recreation, Part III

Well hasn't this turned into one big war of 'spot the bastard'? There's been a lot said about this page over the past few days, not all of it true but one thing my posts have done is make people ask the question - is it fake or real? Currently it's sitting on eBay with a price just under USD$50,000 and I'm sure that the people selling it have mixed feelings about what I'm writing.

So, is it fake or real? Here's my points on the whole thing, again, clarified so there's no mistakes. I'm not sure if it's real or not. The scans, to me, are inconclusive, but then there's quite a few others are who convinced that it's the real deal, they're bidding, so they can decide. I'm not spending the equivalent of a deposit on a house to find out that what I'm buying might, or might not be, dubious. What I do know is that Michael Kelleher, in no uncertain terms, has stated that he has never drawn this page for Marvel. This is backe…

A Tale Of Two Daniels

I can't remember who said it to me, but not too long ago I was asked, "What are the odds that there'd be two of you and that you'd both in the same room?" Clearly those odds are damn good. The guy on the left in this photo is none other than Daniel Best, author. The guy on the right is none other than Daniel Best, author. That's right, that's me on the right, and one the left is the Brisbane based comic book author and all round damn nice guy, Daniel Best.

For a fair while now people have been praising me on my Escapist work. It kind of threw me for a while because, well, I've never written any Escapist stories. Then I kept being asked about my forthcoming projects with Eddie Campbell. After a while I just smiled sweetly and thanked people for their kind words and quickly changed the subject. Eventually I realised that there must be another Daniel Best who wrote those stories because I knew it wasn't me. Out of the blue Daniel emailed me and we …

Original Art Stories: Avengers #1; Real Or Recreation, Part II

The posts about the recent Avengers #1 splash page and recreations overall in regards to the Marvel Masterworks line has created a storm in the tea-cup indeed. Gerry Turnbull has informed me that I'm being attacked over at the Masterworks forums, not that I'd know as I don't visit there, nor know where it is. I might though, just to see what's being said. All I've done is ask the question and share some thoughts, but hey, anyone is welcome to post a comment - there's only a few I've not let through and those were personal attacks on other people. With the view of what art has been recreated for the Masterwork volumes my point remains - Marvel should state what pages have been recreated in each volume. Simple transparency is all I'm asking for, and I know I'm not alone there. With the Avengers #1 splash page on eBay, well thoughts are mixed. For all I know it probably is real, certainly the bidding (last time I looked it'd gone past $45,000USD) …

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