Christopher Peterson is a Shuster-nominated comic artist who has worked for Dark Horse, Boom Studios, Image, Black Mask, and other companies.
Back in 2016, I saw that Chris’ computer died and he was sketching to raise money to replace his work station. I set up a commission with Chris and he sent me this cool digital rendition of his take on Sly from Lords of Flatbush. You can check out more of Chris’ art here or follow him on Twitter.
“I studied Sly, Sly Stallone. He was big, beefy… what Sly really was inside was funny, witty, unbelievably articulate and a brilliant writer… the tenderness inside… just a fabulous human being… The shame of Sly is you’ve never witnessed his wit. You’ve never seen him play that kind of humor. He is so fast and so funny!
Stephen Verona died on Saturday after a year and a half long battle with lung cancer. Readers of this site probably know Verona best as the Producer, Co-Writer and Director of Lords of Flatbush, but Verona was much more than that.
Verona got his start creating commercials. He met and became friends with John Lennon which led to Verona getting to animate the Beatles song I Feel Fine. Next came a music short with Barbara Streisand. He went on to work with Natalie Cole, Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel and many others.
Verona was a screenwriter, an award-winning director of feature films, television episodes and specials, an an award-winning painter and photographer. A renaissance man, indeed.
The Hollywood Reporter posted that “When Stallone learned that Verona was ill, he sent him an email saying that his career would not have been the same without him.” The same could be said for many other celebrities.
Quentin Tarantino talks about Rocky (he loves it and Stallone as an actor) and writes about Lords of Flatbush (he likes it as well). Check out the video below and then click over to Tarantino’s review of Lords at Beverly Cinema.