Smitty's Blog

Rudeicai Interruptus or: Where Were We Allow me to finish up what I started a few weeks ago. My first thought was chess but, that seemed too... READ MORE

Night Shift or: It Burns, It Burns Whoever invented morning should be shot! Our long national nightmare began last night with the institution of... READ MORE

Devil On Your Tail or: Tales of Ice and Sex Last week on Hill Street Blues we saw our intrepid hero running for his life from the Devil's... READ MORE

Bat Out of Hell or: the Great Escape Got family coming in. Been on KP all weekend. I'm too pooped to draw. Allow me to make amends by... READ MORE

BFFs or: the Odd Couple Not so much a grab bag as a "oh, look at this," as I was cleaning up, this weeks springboard is the World'... READ MORE

Furious Filler or: What Price Inventory This weeks pick reveals Marvel Comics Presents #78, an anthology title featuring, at the moment, the... READ MORE

Hi Ho Silver (Samurai) or: Return with us Again... It's Commisionin' Time again. Thought I was done with this last week but, I was... READ MORE

Rocky or: the Real Thing This weeks dive into the Long Box of Mystery reveals the Fantastic Four #18. I nearly went with a drawing of the Super... READ MORE

Parlovian Response or: Dark Knight Of Mongo This weeks pick comes courtesy of our Webmaster, Justin Washburn. Some months ago he sent me a number... READ MORE

Commies Commies Everywhere or: Little Nikita OK girls and boys, lets reach into the long box-O-mystery and see what we get... Tales of Suspense #... READ MORE

Like Sand through the Hour Glass or: 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Happy New Year! Someone time centric seems appropriate, let's go with Hour Man... READ MORE

Blue Yule or: Jingle Bamfs Merry, merry! Frostbite for all! Display your strength, air your grievances, play with your food, eat your toys. Bah,... READ MORE

Fun With Fear or: Character Cornucopia This week, with the selection of Daredevil #6, we have a cornucopia of characters to choose from. Seems... READ MORE

Wolverette or: Slicing Mathilda I really have no excuse. I know these movies aren't for me but, I turn on the tube and there it is. Next... READ MORE

Ducks In a Truck or: Gopher This, Gopher That This weeks reach into the Box of Mystery™ yields Howard the Duck #32. I about have a heart attack... READ MORE

Happy Thraxgiving or: Wild Turkey This weeks big grab is Green Lantern #50. Gil Kane has discovered Kirby. Gil's version of gladiator Hulk... READ MORE

Walkin' Thu a Water Wonderland or: Gone Fishin' No excuse really. Just wasting time watching Waterworld and this falls out. Everyone... READ MORE

Inkus Interruptus or: Where Were We My inking process comes in four stages. Outline Spot blacks PANIC!!! Suicidal thoughts Rendering and... READ MORE

The Lineup or: the Merry Mutant Marching Society Knock, knock? Go away! Go away who? You! I'm workin' here... Happy Trails Smitty

Bands of Crimson or: Doin' The Juggernaut Jig This weeks grab comes from a British X-Men Pocket Book reprint. A bit bigger than half sized,... READ MORE

Everybody's a Dreamer or: Careful What You Wish For This weeks plumbing of the Long Box of Mystery reveals issue 128 of the Mighty Thor. Our... READ MORE

The Big Ouch or: I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Nuthin' new this week, Uncle Smitty's broken. I've pulled something in my... READ MORE

American Girl or: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Among my primal influences as an artist are the "How To" books by Andrew Loomis. First... READ MORE

Side-Kick Sunday or: Dum Like a Fox Back to the grab bag where we find Strange Tales 151. Ditko's no longer doing Dr Strange... we don'... READ MORE

Takin' a Knee or: Or Nuthin', I'm Takin' a Knee Bigot, coward, liar, thief, Nazi loving Traitor-In-Chief! When Nazi's,... READ MORE

Back on Track or: Before We Were So Sadly Interrupted I shared the layouts for this a couple of weeks ago. Here's the final piece (don'... READ MORE

RIP Len Wein or: That's My Shirt We lost one of the good ones with the recent passing of Len Wein. At 69 he wasn't exactly robbed but,... READ MORE

When I'm 64 or: Will you still need me... They say it's my birthday! It's my birthday too, yeah! By the power vested in me, by... READ MORE

Storm Watch Or: Buggin’ Out Someone forgot to post last night. I think it was me. D’oh! Have a commission. Poor Storm. She had a rough time... READ MORE

What's Up Doc? or: the Kneebone's Connected to the Thighbone I recently accepted a commission to recreate the cover for Doctor Strange... READ MORE

Lockheed Come Home or: Less is More Mommy! The commission is being mean to me! It won't do what I tell it...wauuugh! Sometimes you're... READ MORE

Save That Tiger (Shark) or: Finny Business Just when you thought it was safe to turn on cable TV again, Sharknado returns! They're trying... READ MORE

Freehand Circles in Perspective or: Look At It This Way Someone sent me to youtube the other day where I found myself sidebarred by a tutorial on... READ MORE

Of Megatons and Men or: The Big WOO This week's pick is Megaton Man #2, Don Simpson's satirical send up of all things super-hero in... READ MORE

If I Only Had a Brain or: Conferin' With the Flowers My inability to read "calendar" has caused me to miss last night's post... READ MORE

Kung Fu Fightin' Or: the Odd Couple I'm not up to thinking this week so, it's back to the grab bag. So what to my wondering eye... READ MORE

Passing Through or: the Last Avenger With the Vision we can put this whole Avengers binge to rest. The last real Avenger, the one born Avenger,... READ MORE

That's the Spirit or: EEK I'm a bad boy. I've been letting papers build up on the desk. Hardly a capitol crime but, what I found... READ MORE

Ant Attack or: The Little Guy So, we’ve finished off the Quartet; Posted Thors and Iron Mans and Hulks (O, my); Seen the Wasp and Goliath but, I... READ MORE

Knock, Knock or: Who's There Knock, knock. Who's there? You. You who? You go away, me busy. Happy Trails Smitty

Kooky, Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb or: Kids In the Hall For those who've been following, this weeks drawing comes as no surprise. Finishing off... READ MORE

Straight Arrow Or: Rise of the Bench Players With the twins, Wanda and Pietro, the last couple weeks along with Jason Caldwell’s comments on Cap’... READ MORE

Magic Wanda or: Brothers and Sisters For no other reason than drawing Pietro last week, let's go with his twin sister Wanda. Maximoff Rex... READ MORE

Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah or: Fast Train to Hell Having a hard time getting my motor up to speed, I reach deep into my bag of tricks for inspiration. I... READ MORE

What to Do or: Not a Clue What to do, what to do? I could go grab a book but... then I'd have to get up... and move... Oh, the humanity!... READ MORE

Echos From the Cheap Seats or: Draw Raw Last weeks Goblin sketch garnered several positive comments concerning it's rawness as opposed to... READ MORE

Goblin To The Rescue or: I Thought This Was Saturday Stupid time... think fast... uh, Green Goblin. 'Cause... he's cool... I wanna...... READ MORE

The Long Walk or: What Might Have Been With regret I find I must walk away from the TellosJam project. I’ve instructed those concerned that all... READ MORE

Dear Storm or: All Fall Down Dear Storm, Please stop dumping snow and blowing winds and crushing fences and snapping trees. Thank you, Yer Pal... READ MORE

Pull My Finger or: Fool Me Once... Happy Trails, Smitty

Asgard Assembled or: Ragnarok n' Roll Not so much of a grab bag this week as a look what I found lyin' around. Thor #156. It seems... READ MORE

Johnny B Gone or: Frankie's Blues Chuck Berry AND Bernie Wrightson... back to back. Ouch! After the blues, I love primal American Rock-n-... READ MORE

Aces High or: Hidden Treasure After our brief interruptions plugging the “Secret Friends of ‘Ringo!” it’s back to the old grab bag and this... READ MORE

By Dawn’s Emerald Light or: Meanwhile, Out In The Desert No grab bag this week. It’s commission’n time. “Green Lantern... READ MORE

The Big Hurt or: Where The Shadows Lie Sorry ‘bout missing last week. I was just too depressed. I kept hoping I’d wake up to find... READ MORE

Gotta Be The Shoes or: Savage Sartorial Splendor This weeks blind pick features “the strangest teens of all” in X-Men #62 (no... READ MORE

Blind Man’s Bluff or: I Dare ‘Ya Back to the grab bag, which this week reveals... Daredevil #3. The Owl’s just too silly to... READ MORE

Abandon All Hope or: Trench Coats and Tool Belts Workin’ in a skull mine; goin’ down, down, down... With our long national... READ MORE

the King of Sinful Sots or: Pass the Arsenic Sauce Posting extra early because, well, I’ll be too busy tomorrow; gorging on toys and... READ MORE

Knock, Knock or: Dave’s Not Here I hear you knocking... Bang, vrrreet, rrr-rrr-rrr, eee-uh eee-uh, zzzt, zzzt, clunk... But, you can... READ MORE

Happy Hoards of Hydra or: the Hexapus of Heck Nazi’s, bad. Let’s just get that out of the way; Nazi’s, bad. Our sketch of the... READ MORE

Everybody Loves Loki or: The Big Sit This weeks pick reveals another issue of the Marvel Universe. #6 or K_M to be specific. Looks like I did a... READ MORE

Born Under A Bad Sign or: Bad Luck Henry Some guy’s can’t catch a break. All the story asked was that Henry Pym throw up his hands... READ MORE

Save Our Frog or: Feels Good, Man The cry has gone out to rescue Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog from the hands of the so called “alt-... READ MORE

If This Be Doomsday or: Push The Button, Max It’s been said than an election is a revolution. This wasn’t a revolution so much as a... READ MORE

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part or: Out, Out Brief Candle Just sittin’ here, waitin’ on the end of the world. See ya next week... READ MORE

Eye Of Newt And Toe Of Frog or: Be It Ever So Ghastly Happy BOO-day! Where’s my @#$%! candy?!? Happy Trails, Smitty

Fallen Warriors or: R.I.P. Blues Comics loses again with the passing of Steve Dillon. Hard enough when your heroes die but when it’s those... READ MORE

Tyrannus Wrecks or: We, Who Are About To Smash, Salute You I know I’ve already done a Hulk this year but, nanner, nanner, nanner, I don... READ MORE

Well, I Can Die Happy or: The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts. Growing up to be a cartoonist was great. Getting paid and royalty... READ MORE

The Boys (and Girls) Of Summer or: Vin’s Velvet Voice A bittersweet day for baseball; the legendary Vin Scully has retired after 67 years... READ MORE

I Don’t Wanna... or: Bonzo Go Bedtime It’s that wonderful time of the week once again and, for no particular reason, I just don... READ MORE

Joker’s Wild or: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Blog Saved by the bell! I was in the midst of dragging you into the middle of... READ MORE

Stranger Things or: Cthulhu Love Saw the color version on Twitter (yowser, way to go Mr Mounts) so I guess the cats out of the bag. For the... READ MORE

Hippo Birdies Two Miis or: Ice Ceam For Everyone Apologies to the immortal Sandra Boynton for this weeks title. Happy B-Day to me (well, it was... READ MORE

Go Away! or: I’m Workin’ Here... ... he said, in his best Ratso Rizzo voice. Grumpy Trails, Smitty

Tongue Attack Lip Locked Adventure Tales Well, this one surprises. Our grab bag has revealed True Love #2 from Eclipse Comics being a reprint... READ MORE

Sixth Time’s The Charm or: The Past Ain’t What It Used To Be How many covers does any one story have in it? This new cover for the... READ MORE

Old Dog, New Tricks or: That Ol’ Gang O’Mine Call this a warm up. Gotta come up with a cover for a new addition of the Golden Age... READ MORE

Twitnado or: I Feel So Dirty Well, that was strange. My webmaster, Justin, has the site set up with a twitterbot that picks something from the... READ MORE

After Con Sale or: Mr. Sleepy Head I didn’t miss last nights post as much as I conked out. I laid down for a moment and the moment lasted... READ MORE

Guilty Pleasures or: Bite Me Color me excited. The greatest terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie franchise of all time is back. That... READ MORE

Alley Oop or: Big Things, Small Packages Today’s post is extra early. I’ve been in pitched battle with a cover and the tide is... READ MORE

Red Turn At Albuquerque or: Face Front, Tiger Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. I know the Sketch-O-the-Week is... READ MORE

On The Road Again or: True Travel Tales Rather than bore you with my less than pithy prose, I present to you my wondrous weekend exactly as it... READ MORE

Little Green Men or: My Favorite Martian Honest. I hadn’t intended to start a green thing. It’s just worked out that way. “... READ MORE

The Mystery Sinister or: Greatest Single Issue Ever Call me lazy, call me nostalgic, I just don't feel like diggin' through boxes for a... READ MORE

Long Live the Greatest or: Rumble, Young Man, Rumble Muhammed Ali… What can be said about a man who started as one of the most reviled... READ MORE

Last Week's Kill or: Back From The Dead When last we met I was slinking away in defeat and humiliation. I return in triumph and glory with a... READ MORE

I Killed It... or: D’oh! This was going to so much fun. I went to the boxes and came up with the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. Not only do... READ MORE

Fallen Brothers or: For Darwyn Most of you familiar with comics have, by now, heard the sad news of Darwyn Cooke’s passing. Deepest... READ MORE

All Roads Lead to Rome or: Titus Pullo’s Big Adventure I’ve been going through my “Roman Trilogy” DVDs. I start with... READ MORE

Hulk Smash or: Return to the Land of Broken Things Ye olde computer doesn’t want to print. It won’t “see” the printer... READ MORE

Calendar Blues or: If This Is Tuesday... I’d threaten to learn how to read a calendar but, I’ve been doing that for years. Last time... READ MORE

Wakanda Wonderland or: The Run Fantastic This week’s grab bag reveals the Fantastic Four #53, smack in the middle of the FFs most magical... READ MORE

Pryor Flames or: Love Punch This week’s first grab got shoved back in the box when it turned out to be X-Men 174... we can do better than... READ MORE

Doodles or: Fun With Faces and Figures I’m not feeling formal tonight. Let’s have some fun just doodling around. Happy Trails,... READ MORE

Kolorful Kang or: The Once And Future Doom Into the grab bag and out with the Avengers #23. The “new” Avengers (Cap, Wanda, Pietro... READ MORE

Return of Cold Gold or: What The (Dashin’ Donnie) Heck Not sure what happened but, last Sunday’s post has dissappeared from the site... READ MORE

Kitty Redux or Bonzo Go Bedtime Nighty night

Stranger In A Strange Land or: Knucklehead Goes to Japan All righty, pick box, grab blindly and... Shadow and Flame #2 (of 5) Lockheed and his... READ MORE


CSI or: Characters per Square Inch This week's grab bag reveals the Mighty Thor #134. Titled "the People Breeders" it might well... READ MORE

Anarchist's Assemble or: V For Very, Very, Extraordinary This weeks grab bag reveals V for Vendetta. Once upon a time, there was an... READ MORE

Fish Story or: Five Finger Discount Oh, my stars and garters, I'm a thief. This weeks grab bag reveals the Fantastic Four 512.  It'... READ MORE

Serkis Circus or: the Sound of One Klaw Clapping Caught the last Avengers flick on the tube. Andy Serkis needs to stop doing motion capture. His... READ MORE

@#$%!!! or: The Land of Broken Things Well snap, snap, snapitty, snap, snap, snap! Stupid garbage disposal freezes up. Before I can get to it,... READ MORE

Holy Moley or: Great Googley Moogley This one’s a bit of a cheat... I did it yesterday. I was trying to send some red white and gold magic... READ MORE

Oh, Mai or: The Comics Cultural Exchange Program Mai, the Psychic Girl, traveled from Japan to America via Eclipse Comics in the late 80’s... READ MORE

Happy New Year or: Let’s Try This Again Hooked up with old rididin’ buddy, and fellow scalawag, Mike Baron for New Years. What... READ MORE

Get That Elf Off My Shelf or: Post X-Mas Blowout Last post of the year. Woo hoo! Sketches from the last year are piling up. Call it house... READ MORE

Leapin’ Lizards or: Mi Pantano es Su Pantano No, I’m not on a mean green streak. Just luck that this week’s pull is Amazing Spider-Man #6... READ MORE

Scary Christmas or: Jingle Bombs It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Here’s hoping you get all the toys you can eat. So, Bah, Humbug... READ MORE

I Think I’m Pregnant or:Smitty’s Jones I must be expecting. Came time to draw and I didn’t even go to the boxes. I just decided I was drawing... READ MORE

the Robots Are Coming or: Yesterday’s Tomorrow Long day, short post. Rather than go to the longboxes, I’m going to carry over a Russ Manning... READ MORE

Alien Enterprise or: Give Peace a Chance Believe me kiddies, I’m not trying to turn this into an ongoing discussion on war and peace. This is... READ MORE

Strange Days or: the idiot plot Idiot plot is a term I picked up in my days in Hollywood. It’s a type of story that can only unfold as it does if... READ MORE

Dodging the Speeding Bullet or: The Amazing Technicolor Nightmare Coat Caught a documentary last night on the Tim Burton/Nick Cage Superman that... READ MORE

Brothers and Monsters or: Standin on the Corner Down at 12th St and Vine My late brother Willi was basically Scottie from Star Trek. A maritime... READ MORE

Spider and the Fly or: What if... So I’m sitting at home, not bothering anyone. I’m doodling, not really paying attention to what I’m doing.... READ MORE

Return of Dummy Up or: Part the Second Nothin’ much this week. Just finishing up on last weeks entry. Happy Trails, Smitty

Dummy Up or: Blockheads Anonymous Oh, you’re in for a treat girls and boys as this weeks grab reveals SunRunners #2 from Eclipse Comics, in the... READ MORE

Lone Wolf And Cub or: Have Sword Will Travel Welcome back girls and boys to Uncle Smitty’s Comic Book Grab bag. This week’s catch is Koike and... READ MORE

It's Colorin' Time! or: Again With Unto the Breach Hey Kids, Uncle Smitty just got permission to share the colors for the X-600 cover I posted... READ MORE

The Wrecker’s Ball or: Tough Love This weeks grab bag is... The Mighty Thor #148 starring the Wrecker. Thor’s done something to peeve his father... READ MORE

Here There Be Dragons or: Fire Breathing Funnies So, I’m on the phone with Todd Dezago the other day. DragonMan comes up... who knows why... now... READ MORE

Janitor Duty or: Where’d All This @#$%! Come From? Once upon a time, I kid thee not, everything I needed fit in the trunk of my beat up old Volvo... READ MORE

Bob’s Yer Uncle or: They Broke Bob! Remember when we were kids? All the big people were: Mr and Mrs, Admiral and Mrs, Mr and Dr Whozisface. But... READ MORE

Look, Puppies! or: You Are Now In A Lecture Free Zone I had a blistering editorial just about all ready to go, along with a brilliantly cutting... READ MORE

Fun With Psychos or: I’m Not Locked Up In Here With You... This weeks grab bag reveals Watchmen # 11. It’s old news now that some of the best... READ MORE

Portfolios Lost or: the Big Move Ever stumble across a box years after you’ve moved? I just did. I’ve found an old, nearly empty, con portfolio.... READ MORE

Synchronicity or: Holy Coincidence, Batgirl wauuugh... I killed it in the inks @$%! Everybody hates me, no body loves me. I’m going to go eat... READ MORE

Atom and Steve or: How Blue is My Beetle Welcome back girls and boys to Uncle Smitty’s grab bag. I’m in a good mood because I’ve managed to snag... READ MORE

If Looks Could Kill or: One Eyed Slim I already put it off once and they had to come up again eventually... this weeks grab bag reveals X-men 165... READ MORE

Rikk To The Rescue or: Of Strings And Sealing Wax This weeks grab bag reveals Tellos-Reluctant Heroes collecting the first five issues plus other... READ MORE

D is for Doc or: My Dormammu Was Better This weeks grab bag reveals Marvel Universe #3, Collector to Dracula. I’ve got a couple in here including... READ MORE

Fire Sale or: Late Onset Spring Cleaning The Blog illustrations are starting to stack up. Let's see if we can't find them a good home. Check... READ MORE

Rune or: Careful What You Ask For I have to admit, when I reached into the big Box-O-Comics and came out with Rune #3 my first thought was... huh... READ MORE

Doin’ The Muerte Mambo or: Death Ain’t What It Used To Be I can’t speak for the right ponders but, I suspect this weeks grab bag is largely... READ MORE

What A Man’s Gotta Do or: Severin’s SHIELD When I pulled out Strange Tales #138, I almost put it back. I’ve already done a Fury, the sites... READ MORE

Linghtnin’ and Thunder or: Krack-a-BOOM If it’s OK with you, I’m going to let the night sky pick tonight’s subject. There's no waiting on the... READ MORE

True Love Conquers All or: Go SCOTUS Human rights for human beings... who’da thunk? Woo Hoo! To Justices Kennedy, Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayer and... READ MORE

Them and the Humanoids or: Shock Roller Saturday Night Sunday? Yoiks! Where’d that come from? One of these days I gotta’ learn how to speak... READ MORE

The Belle of Liberty or: Jumpin’ Jodhpurs Welcome girls and boys. This weeks edition of the grab bag reveals... la Edad de Oro, libro tres de... READ MORE

Zorro or: the Gray Fox No grab bag this week, just Zorro. Why? uhh ... shut up, that’s why. Seriously though, do I need a reason? Douglas... READ MORE

I Hate When That Happens or: D'oh! I'd like to pretend I'm posting late because of some great cosmic interference. That I'd been binge watching... READ MORE

The Long and Winding Man or: All That Glitters Is Not Gingold OK, this has to be a “back feature” book. This weeks grab bag reveals Millenium... READ MORE

Humble Beginnings or: Wrong Place Wrong Time This weeks grab bag... Marvel Fanfare - Strange tales” a collection of Fanfare 1-7. Fanfare plays a... READ MORE

The King is Dead or: Blues on Beale Street Like many whiteboys who came of musical age in the days of Elvis and the Beatles, I first heard of BB... READ MORE

Return of Pretty Maids or: Ink-a-Dink-a-Doo Early post today. I’m booked this evening so I’m just going to finish off last weeks drawing and then... READ MORE

Pretty Maids All In A Row or: Fantastic Femmes No reason, it just happened. Happy Trails, Smitty

SuperKaraFragilistic or: The Girl With Something Extra Long day after a night of no sleep. I’m bushed. Have a sketch and it’s bedtime for Bonzo.... READ MORE

Assassin’s Kreed or: Three Arms Are Better Than None This weeks grab bag, Nexus 44. I remember this one. I was filling in for the Dude, Mike felt... READ MORE

On the Wings of a Duck or: Have Yourselves a Grumpy Little Christmas This weeks grab bag, Bizarre Adventures #34, special "Hate-The-Holidays"... READ MORE

Yodel me this or: Heeeeere's Johnny So, I'm looking for a little background noise last night. I'm not ambitious enough to  load up the CD changer... READ MORE

High Flyin' Flagg or: Magic Elf Paper This weeks grab Bag yield's Howard Chaykin's American Flagg. #15, Canadian Sunset to be exact. Flagg and... READ MORE

Barbarians at the Gate or: Have Sword Will Travel Sorry for the late post. Suffered a gremlin attack well past the hour I could contact my... READ MORE

Spring Has Sprung or: @#$% Underpants Gnomes Spring has arrived, blue skies, 50ºF. Do I get to enjoy it? Heck, no. I have to tear apart the... READ MORE

Yesterday's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. or: The Little Company That Couldn't Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Reed -FLIPPIN- Crandall, George Tuska, Al... READ MORE

Yabba-Dabba-WHO or: the Little Drummer Toy My brilliant career at Hanna-Barbera was pretty short, although I could do a mean Barney by the time I... READ MORE

What's in a Name or: Smile When You Say That Back to the grab bag. Amazing Spider-Man #34. Kraven may be one of my all time favorite characters... READ MORE

Once More Unto the Breach or: That Old Gang-O-Mine Good morning campers. Uncle Smitty is back from the dead. The flu was the three day variety,... READ MORE

Fan Mail From Some Flounder(s) or: Rider in the Rain We're filing a bit early today because Uncle Smitty's got the flu and I don't know that I'll... READ MORE

Love and War or: The Battle of the Bulges! I got a couple of e-mails today noting that Brian Cronin's recent Comic Book Legends Revealed... READ MORE

Dreaded Deadline Doom or: Have Some Doodles I'm behind the 8-ball on a deadline. It's doodle-time. Happy Trails, back to the salt mines...... READ MORE

Fool Me Once… or: Shame On Me I know better. These movies aren't for me but, I fall for them every time. So, "Captain America and the Colossus... READ MORE

Caught Nappin' or: Think Fast… D'oh, forgot when I was… got lost in other things… this calls for convention speed! Grab a book, any book… the "EC... READ MORE

Good for the Goose, Bad for the Gander or: Do As I Say, Not As I Do I'd like to say I'm surprised… France has arrested over 50 people, including... READ MORE

Ich Bin Immer Noch Charlie or: They're Cartoons, People This weeks grab bag is going to concentrate more on the bag portion, a little bit of... READ MORE

R.I.P. Merabet Ahmad Frederic Boisseau Franck Brinsolaro Jean Cabut Stephane Charbonnier Elsa Cayat Phillipe Honore Bernard Maris... READ MORE

Bantu Warrior Blues or: One Shot's Better Than None Happy New Year to one and all and a Happy Birthday to the site. Logging in, I see I've been a... READ MORE

Bat-Signals or: Norm Watch For those just back from the holidays, Bat-Artist Norm Breyfogle has suffered a stroke and could use some help. Since... READ MORE

MERRY CHRISTMAS or: Sappy Saturnalia Merry Christmas to all the good little squirrels and kois! Happy Trails, Smitty  

A Cap'n Hitch Christmas or: Yo Ho Ho and a Lump of Coal Now before anyone gets worried or upset, let's remember the punchline to "A Christmas... READ MORE

Brothers in Arms or: Give Early, Give Often. Universe, you are really starting to tick me off! Bad news girls and boys. Cartoonist Norm Breyfogle... READ MORE

Adam Raised a Kane or: Jesus Christ, Super Hero So, that which was once known as Him is busy doing nothing. Just floating through space in a... READ MORE

Meet the Beetle or: Love Stinks This week's grab bag: the Amazing Spider-Man #21!  Woo hoo! I've always felt Ditko was the heavy lifter and one... READ MORE

Who Is Scorpio or: Scorpio's on First This week's grab bag Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #1… sort of. Actually it's a reprint of the... READ MORE

It's a Miracle or: Whither goest Vinnie This weeks grab bag, Mister Miracle #1. While hardly as traumatic as Ditko leaving, Kirby's departure... READ MORE

Silver is the Surfer or: Oh My Overlord This weeks grab bag… Silver Surfer #6. World's Without End. Here's a confession, straight from the "I... READ MORE

Slap YOU! or: a Flash and a Pan Good Morning campers. Time for the ol' grab bag. This weeks entry… Flash #219. What the heck do I have a Flash... READ MORE

When Marvel Went Mad or: I've Got a Hundred Pair of Stretch Socks! I have neither defense or explanation. Sometimes… stuff happens... READ MORE

The Percussion Discussion or: Gunslingers and the Kitty's That Love Them This weeks grab bag yields a true surprise. The New Adventures... READ MORE

Happy BOO-Day! Smitty

Imra Gonna Let You Finish… or: the Legion Eats Quiche, Part Ducks It's grab bag time kids. Once again we reach into a random box,... READ MORE

R is for Red or: Sunday in Scarlett It's bloggin' time but, it's time for the game, too (Go Chiefs!) Let's play grab bag.... READ MORE

For Doom's a Jolly Good Fellow or: The Man We Love to Hate to Love… I allowed myself to sidetracked the last few weeks. You've... READ MORE

Voluntarily (adverb) To be forced by death. or: Wait, What? And the hits just keep coming. Kids, you've been patient with me and I... READ MORE

America the Beautiful or: Shut up and Leave For the most part, I've avoided using the blog as a political tool. I could say it's not... READ MORE

Wonderin' or: the Old Random Box Trick For those that haven't played before, this is where we select a random box, pull a random... READ MORE

Pokin' Thru the Files or: Why Are My Files Full of Holes? Cover thumbs for X-Men Universe #3 Not sure what I was thinking on this... READ MORE

Dragons on My Shoulder Make Me Happy or: Dragons on My Shoulder Make Me Smile This one was for Magnus Reithaug. What started as a simple... READ MORE

Gone Fishin' or: I ain't working' an you can't make me. It's a holiday, people. Go fishin', ridin', jump your... READ MORE

Odds 'n Sods or: How Much is That Doodle in the Window? After several weeks of empty shelves the art-mart is stocked once again.... READ MORE

Lovely Leeja or: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3 So I take a pratfall in the rain. Mush my drawing hand pretty good. Nothing seems broken, just... READ MORE

Hogun the Grim or: Laughter Over Asgard So, I'm at the board, not botherin' anyone when I get a call from Mark Evanier. He's... READ MORE

Dormammu or: ...I got nuthin… Another one for Gerry Turnbull. At first, he just mentions Dormammu so, I'm thinking in the... READ MORE

Out of the Frying Pan… or: Another Fine Mess Lucas Falconer and Doctor Strange at the gate of the Dark Dimension. Yeah, they could... READ MORE

I Was Strolling Through the Park One Day or: Look, Up in the Trees! DO'H! Time and I have never really understood each other. Better... READ MORE

Return to Never Ever Land or: Betcha Never Saw This… This one came to me from my buddy Nat Gertler. Chateau Sherbrooke, or... READ MORE

Crap, crap, CRAPPITY, crap! or: CRAP! Everybody hates me. Nobody loves me. I'm gonna' go eat worms… Everyone laughed at... READ MORE

Hanging out at Castle Falconer. Doc and Lucas shootin' the breeze. This one took it's own path. Starting out in Doc's Sanctum, it... READ MORE

Can I Bring My Bike? or: Is That Thing Housebroken? Going through family photos for a cousin I stumble across this. Made me laugh. Hope it... READ MORE

I've been fascinated with dragons for as long as I can remember. Maybe its from being built of snakes and snails. Or, a lifelong love of... READ MORE

Like any kid of my generation, I love a good western. The Kid Colt cover is a faux cover. I forget what line it appeared in but, it was a... READ MORE

I've got a couple of nephews, Casey and Sean. Sean's best buddy is Nate. Nate's getting married to Amy. I forget the story but,... READ MORE

Years ago, I'm at Shelton Drum's "Heroes Aren't Hard To Find" convention in Charlotte. There's a lull at my table. I... READ MORE

The image above came to me in an e-Mail from Gerry Turnbull. Gerry says the web identifies it as mine but, he ain't buyin' it. Gerry'... READ MORE

Walking the halls of TSR/West, following Steven Grant to his office, I see a poster on the wall. Wowser! That is one sweet piece of work. I can... READ MORE

O, east is east and west is west and woe betide the kid who got caught buying the wrong books. When I was a kid, Marvel and DC were the Sharks... READ MORE

I kinda' short sheeted the class last time (I really was pooped) so, here's a mid week apology post. I can't remember the actual... READ MORE

Final Score Wind    4 Fence   0 I'm pooped. Gonna veg on the couch, catch me some Cosmos and hit the rack.... READ MORE

I've been told by inkers whose work I respect and admire that inking is best learned over the work of others. Inking your own work reinforces... READ MORE

All Star X-men Jam If there's one thing that all people are capable of, it's screwing up. So, I point my finger at no man. Just don... READ MORE

So, Justin, my web guy, hits me with an outside link to my blog. Links lead to more links and… I've got a Twitter feed? I knew... READ MORE

North Hollywood, Ca. Passport Books. 1980. Roy Thomas is doing a book signing. I bring my portfolio along with my comics. I ask if Mr Thomas... READ MORE

It was a joke people. It was supposed to provide a laugh not policy. When Marvel first assigned me to the X-Men, the deal was for one year. I... READ MORE

For foreign guests and those too young to remember, Filmation was an "animation" studio gone the way of the dodo. The storyboard... READ MORE

Another odd job for Marvel Licensing. Some new version of an animated Spider-Man was going into pre production. Based on my experience in both... READ MORE

  For those that don't know, Sharon Sakai, wife of Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, has required medical attention and the bills are... READ MORE

(photo: Neil Banerjee) So there's this kid, Shubham Banerjee, 12 years old.  He discovers that a braille printer runs $2000-$3000 and... READ MORE

MONDAY? D'oh… uh… have a doodle. Happy Trails Smitty  

The closest thing to a sane reason for entering the arts is the sheer love of doing. That's far more than most of us ever get. Making the... READ MORE

Any day buried in Skrulls is halfway to being a great day.  

With apologies to Frank Brunner but, I'll get to that later... One of the many that got away was a storyline called "Love and War... READ MORE

We are now de-snagged. Call it manners, call it jinx-o-phobia, I didn't want to post this until the client had approved of the piece. He not... READ MORE


I had an entry ready to go. Paragraghs, pictures, everything. Then I hit a snag. So... I'm just gonna pick my nose. And you cant stop me.... READ MORE

1959. Sangley Point Naval Air Station, Manilla bay. The family has finished dinner at the Officer's Club (fancy talk for big honkin'... READ MORE

If He Had a Hammer Pete Seeger 1919-2014 Well, foo. I suppose we can take some solace that he had a long and productive life. According to... READ MORE

Hey Ringo? You out there? The entire inspiration for my doing a blog at all is the late, great Mike Wieringo's world renowned "Sketch of... READ MORE

or, the One that Got Away

One of the uses I first imagined for this space was to showcase unknown or unseen aspects of my career. Imagine my surprise as the tables got... READ MORE

Or: We Deal in Lead, Friend!

People go to comic-cons for many reasons. While I swore off alcohol at the age of six, I go for Bar-Con; That time after the show when the pros... READ MORE

Rocketeer-Spirit #1 Cover

Red Hots! Get yer Red Hots right here! Original Art for sale. Rocketeer-Spirit #1. All 22 pages and a Cover too, Woo Hoo! Check Interior... READ MORE

This was done for my webmaster, Justin Washburn. Barter, gotta love it.  

The Looter

Blame it on Ditko.   or, Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.   According to family... READ MORE