Ray-Anthony Height Gets Carter (with an interesting story)

Today we have Sly Stallone as Jack Carter by Ray-Anthony Height.  It’s my third piece from Ray-Anthony and it has an interesting story.

My buddy, John Higashi was at a convention.  He saw this piece on display at Ray-Anthony’s table.  John told RAH that he had a buddy, Craig Zablo, who collected Stallone sketches.  RAH said that the art was originally for Craig, but that it got lost.  So he refunded Craig the money.  RAH later found the sketch and decided to see if it would sell at the convention.

And it did.

I’ve darkened the piece a bit for display here

Sly Stallone as Jack Carter by Gary Shipman!

Gary Shipman is a self taught artist and writer.  Shipman has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey and Russ Manning awards.  When I saw that Gary Shipman was regularly doing sketchcard (and other) commissions on WhatNot, I decided to try to get one.  As you can see above from Shipman’s riff on Sly Stallone as Jack Carter, I succeeded.

You can see more of Gary Shipman’s art at his webpage, his Instagram page and on his Whatnot stream.

Sly Stallone’s All-Time Best Movies

Thomas Leatham and Calum Russell at Far Out came up with their list of The 10 best Sylvester Stallone movies.  Before you click over to see their thoughts on each film, here is how our rankings compared.  I also included some Stallone films that would have made my list, but didn’t make theirs.

Leatham & Russell


10. Cobra (George P. Cosmatos, 1986)

09. The Suicide Squad (James Gunn, 2021)

08. Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla, 1993)

07. Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone, 1985)

06. Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin, 1993)

05. Nighthawks (Bruce Malmuth, 1981)

04. First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

03. Cop Land (James Mangold, 1997)

02. Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2016)

01. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

10. The Suicide Squad (James Gunn, 2021)

09. Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla, 1993)

08. Cobra (George P. Cosmatos, 1986)

06. Cliffhanger (Renny Harlin, 1993)

06. Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone, 1985)

05. First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

04. Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2016)

03. Nighthawks (Bruce Malmuth, 1981)

02. Cop Land (James Mangold, 1997)

01. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

  • Get Carter (Stephen Kay, 2000)
  • Rambo (Sylvester Stallone, 2008)
  • Paradise Alley (Sylvester Stallone, 1978)
  • FIST (Norman Jewison, 1978)
  • Rocky III (Sylvester Stallone, 1982)

Sly Stallone as Jack Carter by Brian Shearer!

Brian Shearer is a professional artist/illustrator.  He is best known for his art on titles such as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Dr. Who as well as his creator-owned graphic novels, Gunship Thunderpunch and William the Last. When I saw that Brian was doing live-stream sketch sessions, I jumped on board and got his awesome take as Sly Stallone as Jack Carter.  You can see more of Brian’s art at his website or his Twitter posts.

Sylvester Stallone’s Best Films Ranked

Jack Hawkins at /Film came up with a list of the 14 Best Sylvester Stallone Films, Ranked.  Before you click over, here’s how I’d rank Hawkins’ picks.  Also, some Sly Stallone movies that didn’t make Hawkins’ top picks, but would have made mine include: Get Carter; Paradise Alley; FIST and Rocky III.

14. Over the Top14. Over the Top
13. Tango & Cash13. Escape Plan
12. Escape Plan12. Tango & Cash
11. Creed11. Demolition Man
10. Cliffhanger10. Creed
09. Expendables 209. Expendables 2
08. Rocky IV08. Cliffhanger
07. Rocky Balboa07. Rocky IV
06. Rambo06. Rocky Balboa
05. Demolition Man05. First Blood
04. Nighthawks04. Nighthawks
03. Cop Land03. Cop Land
02. Rocky02. Rambo
01. First Blood01. Rocky

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week:

Marco Finnegan Gets Carter

That’s Marco Finnegan’s take on Sly as Jack Carter! When the opportunity came to get a sketch from Marco I jumped on it. Marco knows what to put in and more importantly what to leave out.  His art style reminds me of Alex Toth and Darwyn Cooke.

I first became aware of Marco’s art when he teamed with Ace Atkins on two Nick Travers graphic novels: Last Fair Deal Gone Down and Crossroad Blues.

I was already reading Ace Atkins novels, so I decided to seek out more of Marco’s art.  If you’re so inclined you can as well on his website or his Twitter.  Marco is currently the artist on 007, Dynamite Comics new James Bond comics.