Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Bonus!









Here's a Christmas bonus I didn't expect. A few days before the Holiday, Marvel Comics returned a bunch of my original art to me. It was a giant pile of pages I did in the  mid-nineties of various Harvey characters. At the time Harvey was experiencing a bit of a renewed interest in their properties, thanks to the Casper live action movie and the Richie Rich TV cartoon. The character designs on these pages are based on those interpretations of the characters, so don't blame me. 

It's interesting for me to see these again. I haven't seen them in fourteen years, give or take. Some of them, I don't even remember doing! Also, no apologies for the quality. Fourteen years and all... Another note, only the pencils are mine; Inks and lettering were by other folks.

Anyway, here they are. I have a lot more, if anyone is interested.


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8 Comments:

Blogger eeTeeD said...

ah, music to my eyes! so many strong expressions and poses!

please tell us about your marvel/harvey comics experience!

December 26, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

eeteed-

My Marvel/Harvey experience was pretty wonderful, mostly because I got to work with Sid Jacobson, a wonderful editor, and Angelo DeCeserae, an absolutely fantastic writer. His scripts were a joy to illustrate: so full of inventive ideas and wonderful character moments. The fact that he is not more well known is the comic industry's loss.

At first, I hated working on the "new" designs of the characters. Over I time, though, I started to get comfortable with them. Actually, it took some pressure off, to not have to follow Warren Kremer's Richie models. He later told me, of course, how much he hated these designs. I totally understand where he was coming from, but I shudder to think what he would have said about MY versions of his designs.

I did grow to love drawing the Ghostly Trio. Their designs lent themselves to lots of great "acting". It helped that back then, my son (age 5) was a big Stinkie fan, and delighted in the drawings I did of him.

All in all, a great experience, and I miss it.

December 26, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Mykal said...

Bill: Casper is pretty different, but I sort of like it. It's fresh. All is very well drawn, very lively and very animated. I like it all a great deal - particularily Reginald Van Dough! I wish there was more!

December 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Mykal-

As I said, the character designs took a while to grow on me, but by the end, I really liked them. Also, as previously noted a lot of the old Harvey guys hated them, which I can understand.

Not all the new designs worked, though. Cadbury was a disaster, as you shall shortly see. I have a whole bunch more!

December 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just read an article saying that your town was hit badly by the recent winter storm.
i hope your home and belongs didn't get damaged!

eeteed

December 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Spiritto said...

Hi there! I would like to tell you that I have a copy of that Casper magazine. It wasn't easy to find it, but is one of my main references. I'm a cartoonist too, and also a fan of Casper, so I draw the trio more often than not. I agree with your remark, the trio are specially fun to draw due to the fact that they're very expressive.

I wish I could find the number of the magazine in which Kibosh appears, you did a very good job there too.

:)

February 1, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Spirritto!

Welcome to the blog.

I wish I had copies of these comics. At the time, I never got any comp issues. As far as I know, the comic of "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" (the one with Kibosh) was never published in the USA.

February 1, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Sorry Spiritto.

I misspelled your moniker. Forgive me, I never met a Spiritto before

February 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

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