Friday, January 25, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Born in Salt Lake City in 1912 to Norwegian immigrant parents, Ernest Nordli is best know as an animation designer and layout artist for the best in the business, Walt Disney Studios. Staring with the company in 1936 he served as art director and layout artist on their classic features Dumbo and Fantasia as he also worked on many of the studio's Donald Duck shorts through the mid-1940s. Leaving Disney in the 1950s, "Ernie" as he was called by his friends, worked as a layout artist for some of Chuck Jones finest cartoons. About this same time Nordli did freelance work for Dell Publishing, painting beautiful rendered watercolor Western covers such as Red Ryder Comics #138 and The Cisco Kid #25, both from 1955, shown here for your enjoyment. Finding more full time employment with Walt Disney Studios, Ernest worked on more memorable Disney features such as Sleeping Beauty and played an important role in the designs of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Always in demand for his design talent, the artist continued to work on numerous movie and television properties until his sudden death at the young age of fifty-five in April of 1968.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Only running for a short ten issues from September 1972 until its demise in November of 1974, Weird Worlds was a science fiction anthology title from DC comics that showcased many of Edgar Rice Burrroughs' properties. Having just received the licensing rights, National dove into the John Carter of Mars series with scripts by Marv Wolfman and illustrations by artist Murphy Anderson, which was moved to this new title from an earlier Tarzan issue. The Pellucidar series was also featured having recently left DC's Korak, Son of Tarzan comic with some excellent art by Alan Weiss, Michael Kaluta, Sal Amendola, and Dan Green. These features ran until issue #7 when it became economically infeasible to continue publishing so many Edgar Rice Burroughs properties, so the story lines later continued in the larger Tarzan Family comic. Now with no Burroughs' characters, Weird Worlds struggled on with more space wielding sword and sorcery under Dennis O'Neil and Howard Chaykin's Iron Wolf which unfortunately never found it audience. Perhaps the nationwide paper shortage did not help, which delayed the last issue for several months before DC decided to cancel the title. Featured below is one of Mike Kaluta's rare DC covers with David Innes and Dian from "At The Earths Core!"
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Creig Valentine Flessel was a pioneer in the Golden Age working in the early days for National Comics on their crime buster Sandman before moving on to have a wide ranging career in illustration, advertisement, and cartoon art. Here is his brief biography he wrote for the National Cartoonist Society...Looking back at a 1972 Album, I find I have not changed a bit. Then a microchip was from a tiny buffalo and a scan was for a far horizon. Cartooning was about the foibles and fantasies of man and still is. Sixty five years of deadlines: pulps, Golden Age of comic books, commercial advertising, Boy's Life covers, Text books, Dixie Dugan, Lil" Abner, Friday Foster, David Crane strips and the ribald Tales of Baron Von Furstinbed. Cartoonist, editors, critics and my family have been kind to me. I have a NCS Silver T Square and the comic book Ink Pot award. Fifty eight years of my beloved wife Marie and Me! Fifty two years at my same address, 103 Bay Drive, Huntington, New York. I was born Feb 2, 1912. My son Peter has a PHD and works with the California Health Department. Daughter, Eugene and grand daughter, Kim do children's book illustrations, and I enjoy my three great grand kids. My latest work is a book "Draw Fifty People" Doubleday, with Lee Ames. It's a best seller at my house.