Thursday, August 8, 2019

75 Years of Smokey Bear

75 years ago, the National Forestry Service started using a young bear cub as the spokesman for it's fire prevention posters all around the United States. Since then Smokey Bear has told people to play it safe in our forests and to always prevent forest fires.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

50th Anniversary of Man's First Trip to the Moon

50 years ago this month, man took his first steps on the surface of the moon.
In honor of that historical event, Here's a sketch of Huckleberry Hound as a spaceman ready to launch. 

20 Years of Spongebob Squarepants

July 17, 1999 - Nickelodeon debuts a show about a little sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea. Spongebob Squarepants would go on to conquer the animated world and become Nick's most popular show.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Happy Birthday Taz!

65 years ago today - June 19, 1954 - Warner Bros. Pictures releases the Looney Tunes cartoon "Devil May Hare" starring Bugs Bunny.
This is the first appearance of the ravenous, spinning maniac, The Tasmanian Devil. Taz would go on to co-star in four other cartoons with Bugs and one with Daffy Duck, "Ducking the Devil", my favorite of the original 'toons with Taz.

Monday, June 17, 2019

100 Years of Barney Google

June 17, 1919, one hundred years ago today, Billy DeBeck debuted his classic newspaper strip character "Barney Google".
Barney was very popular appearing in hundreds of newspapers around the world. A very popular song was written about him and twice he was adapted to animation. In the silent era of movies a series of live-action shorts was produced starring Barney and his famous race horse, Spark Plug.
In the mid-1930's, DeBeck introduced the hillbilly character Snuffy Smith into the strip. He who would become so popular that in the mid-1950's Snuffy and his family at Hootin' Holler would take over the strip and continue to this day.

85 Years of Donald Duck

June 9, 1934 was the debut of Donald Duck in the Silly Symphony cartoon "The Wise Little Hen".
Donald would go on to surpass Mickey Mouse in cartoons, comic books, newspaper strips, merchandising and so forth.
My favorite version of Donald are the classic comic book stories written and drawn by Carl Barks where he also debuted the multi-billionaire, Uncle Scrooge McDuck.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

50 Years of the Love Bug

March 13, 1969 saw the wide release of the little red, white and blue VW bug named Herbie also known as the Love Bug. Becoming a Disney staple it has spawned four sequels and a TV movie and has gone on to be one of Disney's best filmed live action movies.
Here's my tribute to the little bug that could.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

70 Years of Beany and Cecil

As stated above Beany and Cecil started life as puppets and became smash hits. Thirteen years later Bob Clampett revived them as cartoon stars and the rest is history.
This is my tribute to these great characters.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Celebrating 90 years of Popeye

 This year marks the 90th anniversary of Popeye the Sailor. Introduced in the "Thimble Theatre" comic strip, Popeye would go on to take the lead role and become one of the most successful and popular characters of all time.
 Above is my re-creation of the first appearance of Popeye when Castor Oyl and Harold Ham Gravy hire him to sail their boat to the casino resort, Dice Island.
 Here I did a sketch of the two ages of Popeye from his first appearance by Elzie Segar to the final look Segar came up with at the time of his untimely death.
Even Superman gets in on the celebration of Popeye's Birthday!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

40 years of "Star Wars"

Today May 25, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the greatest movie ever made, "Star Wars".
I was 14 when the film came out and had just started high school that August. Like most of the summer all anyone was talking about was this great movie about another galaxy and these great characters that save it's universe from this evil empire and main villain in black, Darth Vader.
So a month later, me, my Mom and my sister and a couple of friends finally went to see what the hype was all about. WOW!!! Was I blown away! I had never seen anything like this movie my whole life. A science fiction film that looked lived in. Cool space vehicles and robots that looked real and that were funny. A great hero in Luke Skywalker, a sarcastic pirate in Han Solo (and his first mate Chewbacca the Wookiee), the wise old wizard Obi-wan Kenobi and the brave and brash Princess Leia all fighting to destroy the ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
Never had I seen a movie that sucked me in and made me care about the characters, hate the villains and made me jump out of my seat when the good guys won the day.
Star Wars was and is a big part of my life and changed the way I watched movies and made me want to learn how films were made, how special effects were done and how to tell a great story in any form of media.
Here is some recent artwork I did of the iconic characters from the classic film.