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Zeck, The Punisher
and a Grafitti-Filled Wall
Friday, February 17, 2006 8:21 PM
I came across this cool Mike
Zeck Punisher piece the other day. It was first
used as a pin-up in an issue of Marvel Fanfare and then
later turned into a poster.
When Mike decided to do a pin-up of the
Punisher with a huge gun against a grafitti-filled wall he
was left the the problem of what to use for the graffiti. He decided
to fill it using the names of friends. In some cases the friends
were "couples." As a joke he listed "Zablo and
Sly" because of my admiration for Sylvester Stallone.
If my memory serves me correctly he poster was
made about about 15 years ago. [Yep, years before the StalloneZone
was created!] Unfortunately some of the folks listed on the poster
have passed on. And in many cases the couples have split up.
Last I heard though, Zablo
+ Sly were still going strong.
Two Millers on Me
Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:58 PM
I know that many of you ZONErs [like
me] are big fans of Frank Miller.
If that's the case, then check out THIS
ARTICLE to find out about Miller's Batman:
Holy Terror! graphic novel which pits Batman against
You can also click HERE
to check out Newsarama's coverage of a Sin City
screening with Frank Miller.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:27 PM
I was looking over the guest
list for this year's MegaCon
and was sad to see that Tone
Rodriguez wasn't listed.
Tone's not only a talented artist, but is an absolute
blast to talk to. He's got a great sense of humor, enjoys
meeting [and messing with] the fans... and of course draws a mean
sketch. Here's an
example, and another
another from last year's sketchbook.
Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:06 PM
If push came to shove and I had to name my all
time favorite comic character, it'd be Batman.
Maybe it's because he's grounded in reality.
Well, as much reality as you can get in the super hero genre.
Batman doesn't have super powers. Anyone with the
same determination, will power and, ahem, bank account could become
Another reason that I like Batman so
much is that there are so many takes on the character that work.
Think about it...
Adam West's tv Batman was camp.
Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams'
Batman was the world's greatest detective.
Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers
[along with Terry Austin] explored the struggle for balance
between Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Frank Miller brought us the Dark Knight
as Dirty Harry.
Doug Moench, Kelly Jones and John
Beatty looked at the horror/supernatural aspect of
I could go on and on but the point that I want
to make is that each of these takes is different, but they
Currently Matt Wagner is doing a riff
in a six issue mini series called Batman and the Monster
Men. It's a story of Batman's first encounter with
And you guessed it, it works.
Saturday, February 11, 2006 5:04 PM
If you're anywhere near Orlando, Florida
from February 24th - 26th, you may want to check out the
In addition to George Perez, who is the
Guest of Honor, there are going to be a ton of comic
book artists and movie
/ tv celebs on hand to sketch and sign
autographs. Of course there will be a ton
of dealers selling the latest comics, dvds,
graphic novels and who knows what else.
I'll be there looking to pick up a few more
Stallone sketches. Big
John Beatty will be there as a guest [sharing a
table with the incredibly talented Alberto
Ruiz]. If you can make it, swing by Big Beatty's
table and at least say, "Hi."
Friday, February 10, 2006 10:19 PM
My buddy, Rafael Kayanan has started
his own blog. Raf's a really talented individual. He's
a highly skilled martial artist who trains celebrities
and works as a technical advisor in the film industry.
Raf's also an accomplished artist who has illustrated
for comic books, film, games and tv.
And now Raf has started his
own blog. It's going to be on my daily read list.
Check it out and you may find it on yours as well!
It's Not Your Dad's
Wednesday, February 08, 2006 4:34 PM
Up until a few minutes ago I don't think I'd
ever even heard of Running Scared. No,. it's not that
old Billy Crystal movie, this "Running Scared."
is being released on February 24th and stars Paul Walker.
It's not that I'm a big Paul Walker fan
[although I did like him in The Fast and the Furious].
It's not that I'm a big Wayne Kramer
fan [although The Cooler did get very good reviews].
What it is, is... I thought the trailer
looked pretty interesting and the
website even better. Let's hope that the movie
doesn't let us down.
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby,
Tuesday, February 07, 2006 5:23 PM
My buddy, "Wild" Bill Black is
a writer, penciler, inker, editor, publisher, chief cook
and bottlewasher for AC Comics, an independent comic
company that he created over 20 years ago. Bill
has been favorably compared to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and
Roy Rogers -- and that's just the comparisons that Bill
uses when talking about himself!
Okay, okay... all kidding aside. Bill has
been running AC Comics [the company that he really created]
for over 20 years, but now he's bringing his comic creations
to the silver screen... or at least your tv screen... if you have
a dvd player.
to read all about it.
I guess now Bill will add Roger Corman
to his list of comparisons!
Grizzly Man: Questions...
Sunday, February 05, 2006 5:46 PM
Last night I watched a riveting
Man" which is running on the Discovery
Channel. For thirteen years, Timothy Treadwell
spent his summers living among Alaskan grizzly bears. Treadwell
went in armed with just a camera and no backup. The footage that
he captured is amazing. What's even more amazing is that quite
often Treadwell was within feet of the bears
as the rested, fought, and ate. On more than one occassion Treadwell
would reach out and touch them.
As I said, the footage was riveting. Knowing
Treadwell's story takes it up another notch. You see, he
and his girlfriend were killed [and eaten] by a grizzly.
The documentary makes this clear from the very start. It also
lets you know that the deaths were recorded [audio] but that you
would not hear the sounds in the documentary. [You do see Werner
Herzog, the man who created the documentary listening to them
-- and that is quite enough for your imagination will do the rest.]
Treadwell's story is compelling and
Herzog doesn't sugar coat the man. Treadwell had issues,
and definitely was a bit off center, but he lived and died doing
what he loved. And that is where the controversary begins...
Should he been allowed to follow his dream?
Was he violating the law? Was he helping or hurting the animals
that he so dearly loved?
I'd love to hear reactions from anyone who has
seen the film.