So here’s a new feature for Mondays on the blog because, for the time being, I’ve run out of those JLA/Superman newspaper strips that I’ve been putting up every week since I started this place.
Like it says on the tin, I wanted to be a comic book artist when I was a kid. Seriously, for a time being I thought that if I practiced hard enough I might actually be able to do it. So in between karate, football, the Boys’ Brigade and playing on the Commodore 64 I would squeeze in as many hours as I could drawing superheroes and villains.
It was something that I enjoyed immensely, but I just wasn’t able to make that intuitive leap and develop a style of my own. I could mimic artists pretty decently, I thought, but couldn’t draw from scratch. I was able to draw a Frank Miller Batman or a Jim Aparo Batman, but not a Bob Mitchell Batman.
Still, I had a great time doing this in my early teens and I’ve still got the drawings so here’s the first one, of the Joker in The Killing Joke. Original art by Brian Bolland.
You can click here for a look at a bigger version and the real deal is down below.