Monday, November 19, 2018

Dial N for Naked: The Nudie Age of Comics By X-Men Exosquad Producer Will Meugniot Is Live on Amazon!

The conceit of this faux History of the Nudie Comics is that, when faced with censorship and threats to the distribution of their publications, the comic book publishers returned to their roots of selling under-the-counter items such as Nudist, Art and Spicy magazines by offering new racy artwork on the covers of select issues. Like the covers of those vintage items, the doctored covers I’ve done here offer the promise of nudity rather than full on, full frontal nakedness.

In my imagined timeline, comic book moguls experimented with ‘the nudies’ as far back as the early 1940s, with increased activity through the 1950s. Those days, the ‘mature’ buyer knew what to ask for from under their local candy store’s counter. Then, the era of ‘the nudies’ came to an abrupt end in the 1960s when the hidden middle comic in many 3 for a quarter comic book bags was found to be a ‘nudie’!

The inspiration for this book came to me by accident. I was looking at some online scans of the first comic books I’d purchased as a child and found Detective Comics #275 cover-featuring ‘The Zebra Batman’.  Its bold composition with a large Batman figure covered in zebra stripes at the center and Robin exclaiming from the foreground, “G-Get back everyone! Batman’s become a menace!” seemed ripe for a parody with a new and even more outrageous Batman variation substituting for the existing stripy one. What I came up with was ‘The Nudist Batman’. Using Photoshop I removed his costume and gave the naked hero the modesty-shielding word balloon, “Free at last!” It proved surprisingly popular on Facebook with hundreds of likes and many, many shares.

That got me thinking it would be fun to do a collection of ‘nudie covers’, but avoiding copyrighted characters by focusing on public domain sources -- so, I did!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Building The Better Bio Page

One of the more daunting tasks facing an author is coming up with a bio page for his books. One that credits him for his past good works without coming off as bragging. One that is interesting enough to get read, and so on. Looking at my old bio page done for my amazon books, I realized that even I wasn't going to read that massive block of text! So, I rethought how a biography page should be done and this is the result:
This actually has more data than my old texty one and even my wife read it! It'sjust  made its first appearance in my newest Amazon publication, The Masked Mayhem's Sci Fi Oh, My!

Live on Amazon!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Wife Assures Me This Joke Is Too Esoteric -- So I Had To Share It!

So, there I was sitting at my drawing table, inking Batgirl's arm and a Sally Rand movie loaded up on the channel I was streaming, and I thought it would be fun to envision a "Snoop Sisters" style of movie series starring Ayn Rand and Sally Rand. Minutes later, I had this faux poster for a PRC movie slapped together, only to hear: "NO ONE will ever get that gag!"

How sharper than a serpent's tooth a wife's judgement can feel... and even worse, what if she is correct?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Casting Call for James Coburn! A Slightly Blue Tale Of Old School Hollywood:

It's Showbiz Saturday with (L to R) me, DIC's wonderful voice director Marsha Goodman and the effervescent James Coburn. Chatting after the recording, Coburn mentioned that he kinda enjoyed doing voice work and to keep him in mind. (Warning: If you're easily offended stop reading now.) So, 6 years later, when I was doing Spy Dogs and we had an episode that needed a 60s manly man to play against Adam West, I had our casting guy give Coburn's agent a ring to offer him the part at double scale (a big hit for an indy studio like Saban, a tad less than 3 grand, if I recall correctly). The agent (whom I visualized as being very much like Jesse White) listened to our offer and turned it down with: "Mister Coburn does not get up to take a piss for less than $10,000." Old Time Hollywood, gotta love it.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tired of Looking Forward, I've Started Looking Back. Part 01: Blackhawk!

Lately, perhaps in a sign of my age, I find myself looking back to the things that gave me joy in the past. Sometimes it's comics, others movies, or fanzines, or toys, or TV shows -- all from the era of the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Sadly that end date of my fannish interest and innocence is capped by my becoming a professional artist and writer in the mid-70s.

The DC Comics of the late 50s and early 60s played a big role in developing my love of science fiction. While as adults we may bemoan their largely unintentionally camp, formulaic stories and wooden heroes, there was a charm about them that remains undeniable. 

 This issue of Blackhawk (December 1959) is a great example of the fuel DC poured on the fire of my young imagination. So much so, that I remembered the cover as being vastly different than this image of middle aged men in Nazi gear fleeing a portly short dinosaur. So, I decided to draw it as my child's eye saw it back in the fall of 1959. Here's the resulting sketch:

While it's true that you can't go home again, sometimes it can be a pleasure to cast a kindly glance in its direction.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Masked Mayhem Presents Must Have Magazines of the 1960s: Modern Monsters #2!

The Masked Mayhem has just unleashed the newest of his must have magazines of the 1960s: Modern Monsters #2.
(The Masked Mayhem intro to Modern Monsters #2 alongside that amazing cover.)
MM #2 was a different sort of monster magazine, and everything from its shockingly simple, bright green and purple cover featuring a verdant Dracula juxtaposed with a bright yellow Bat Signal to its coverage of James Bond screamed of its modernity – 1966 style.

(The inside front cover and title page of the vintage mag.)
 The unpainted cover, coming in an era when paintings were the norm for the genre, was just the tip of the editorial iceberg. Modern Monsters delighted in being different. The editors gloried in stressing the magazine’s new, modern take on the genre. Puns were out, facts were in. The articles were serious in tone. The pictures were run large with no text defacing them. And the page layouts were simple, clean and clear.

(Two pages of Modern Monsters James Bond coverage.)
 The subjects covered in MM #2 include:

(Things to Come and Flash Gordon get the MM treatment -- big pictures without all that annoying text.)
 Nick Adams in an exclusive four page interview,  extensive coverage of AIP’s genre output with many stills featuring Vincent Price and the other horror stars, four pages of James Bond content, a hefty ten pages spent on Batman on TV and in the serials, ten lavishly illustrated Dracula pages, a slick paper Horror of Dracula pullout poster, six pages on the worlds of tomorrow with great stills from Metropolis, Flash Gordon and the then-new Creation of the Humanoids, a shockingly good and thorough look at The Bride of Frankenstein with some terrific stills, ten pages about the Universal monster movies that had just been released to TV, and one page features about the movie serials, silent movies and fan art – this issue’s fan artist being future genre star, Ed Naha. Eighty-eight pages in all.

(The Bride!)
 Plus, we’ve added over a dozen new color pages to our digital edition. If you’ve ever wondered what you would have gotten from the ads at the back of you magazine, we’ve got a special feature just for you. 
(Modern Monsters' back cover paired with the first page of our newly created bonus content.)

(Two pages of our AIP bonus material.)
 If you're ready for a great blast from the past, just click on the cover below to see Modern Monsters #2 on Amazon.
Check it out on Amazon

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Amazing Return of The Masked Mayhem & The Almost Unseen Art of Will Meugniot

Sorry to have disappeared on you for the last 3 weeks, but I’ve been engaged in creating my most massively ambitious  e-book yet: The Masked Mayhem Presents The Almost Unseen Art of Will Meugniot, a 500 page collection of my sketches, designs, comic art, pin ups and TV presentation pieces – many never before published in any form. 

(You can judge this book by its cover.)
The drawings range from the roughest of rough layouts to polished TV art, never before seen outside animation studio and network conference rooms. 

(The first two pages.)
Here is a mini-gallery of a small fraction of its pages: 

(Some live action TV presentation art.)

(A future comic book, perhaps?)

(My new eco-heroes, The Enviro-Men.)

(You know there has to be some Rainbow popping up in any compilation of my art.)

(Not to mention her team, The DNAgents.)

(Part of an OVA pitch.)

(A sneak peek at The Treasure Team, a new comic feature.)
 Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Just click on the image below to see it in all its glory on Amazon, and should it so please you, you could even buy a copy!

Buy it here!