Ted Kotcheff Praises Sly at Recent “First Blood” Screening

 Ted Kotcheff and David Frison

Recently SZoner, David (Soop) Frison was able to attend a screening of FIRST BLOOD which was the last of three Ted Kotcheff movies presented between June 23rd and 25th at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA.

The opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the director was offered after the screening.

Among other anecdotes, Mr. Kotcheff had this nice thing to say about his main actor:

“As a filmmaker, Sylvester (as he likes to call him) has this thing on me that I don’t have; he really knows what the audience likes and dislikes. And so, the two major times Sylvester contributed to the success of this film, was when he said that Rambo should not kill any of the Reserve Army Men at the stand off by the cave (…) and, after all Rambo has been through during that horrible day (…), he should not die at the sheriff’s station.”


Famous artist Bill Pruitt also showed up and made Ted Kotcheff the gift of one of his paintings.



David (Soop) Frison
Actor and twice Sylvester Stallone’s movie poster body double.


Thanks to Soop for the update! – Craig

Otis Frampton and a Rhinestone Cowboy

Otis Frampton did his take on Sly from Rhinestone way back in 2009 when every Sunday [okay, ALMOST, every Sunday], Otis had a live UStream broadcast that he called the 7×7 Sunday.

Lucky fans could get a head sketch of ANY character drawn live by Otis on a 7X7 inch bristol board for 7 bucks postage paid. It was the best deal going.  Watching Otis drawing live and interacting with fans kept me up even if I wasn’t a sketch winner.

Good times!


“ROCKY” by Gabz Celebrating the 40th Anniversary!


by Gabz

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary!

Grey Matter Art, under license from MGM Studios is proud to present a new officially licensed, limited edition screen print for the 40th anniversary of the classic film, “Rocky” by talented artist, Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz). GMA are thrilled to be working with Gabz again to showcase this amazing poster. There are 2 separate editions for this poster, a regular and variant Edition. Below are details regarding the poster and release date.

Artist: Gabz
Size: 24×36
Regular Edition: 225/$45.00
Variant Edition: 175/$60.00
Printed by: D & L Screen Printing

This poster was released on Wednesday, June 08th on our website shop page at  1:00 PM (est) at www.greymatterart.com

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Brittney Hutagalung’s Jack Carter

Brittney Hutagalung created today’s sketch of Sly as Jack Carter.  Brittney had posted some sketches of Jon Bernthal that she was taking to MegaCon.  I liked “Bnie’s” art and saw that she was open for commissions so I set this one up.

Brittney’s prices are very reasonable and she gets my highest recommendation.

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Is there any project that a major star takes on where there isn’t a lawsuit? – Craig


Gene Gonzalez Wins the Title with Rocky, Too

The extremely talented, extremely nice, Gene Gonzales created his take on Sly from “Rocky II” at the last Heroes ConventionGene is funny, knowledgeable and really nice.

At every show he attends Gene is constantly signing autographs and sketching for fans, so I was happy to find he could fit me!

You can see more of Gene’s work at his blog.  Gene is also available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable.

Thanks again Gene!

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