Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Italian Spidermania


1. Capitano Maximum

2. Italian Spiderman contro Hench-Goons

3. Italian Spiderman contro Gino!

4. Giganti

5. Respetti Le Donne

6. Zombie Italian Spiderman

7. Italian Spiderman contro tutti quanti

8. Italian Spiderman nello spazio

9. Vs Robo-Italian Spiderma

10. Piccolo Italian Spiderman

I have to give a big thanks to Mr. Will Spartalis for linking to my fan art, and for the huge increase in traffic to my blog. It's just another random super power that Italian Spiderman has, ti ringrazio Italian Spiderman! Well, the increased traffic has led to someone commissioning me to do a Italian Spiderman cover for them. Problem is, they told me to do what ever I want. Which is akin to letting a starving dog into the butcher shop.

I have more cover ideas than I know what to do with. To be honest I have about a dozen more cover concepts that are still at the thumbnail stage, but I had to stop at some point. Here are some of my cover concept sketches, and I'm leaving it up to the masses on the internet to decide for me. You can make your suggestions in the comments section or vote in the poll.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The price of reclaiming your childhood

This is a pic of yours truly and a poster I recently purchased on Ebay. Needless to say it is out of print, expensive and very collectible. I'm sure it's a better value by the inch as it is 50 x 50 inches. I will not disclose how much it cost me, but it was very expensive (into the hundreds).

Nevertheless, I just HAD to have it. This poster was a way of reclaiming my childhood so to speak. When I was about 12 years old, my cousin and Anthony and I put together this very image in the form of a 5000 piece puzzle. I think it took us all summer. I wasn't into comic books back then but putting together that puzzle and seeing all the characters and costumes got me intrigued. It was long after that I was a full fledged "Marvelite" and "True Believer" to coin a Stan Lee phrase. It was after this puzzle I started buying comic books on a weekly basis with $10 allowance which allowed me to get about 13 comic books. Those were the days.

So naturally when I saw this on EBAY, I had to have it. Getting it framed was an ordeal though, as the frame had be custome ordered the plastic that fits in the frame also had to be custom order (from a different store). So after getting the winning bid, having the plastic made at the plastic store, and the frame put together at the frame shop - I finally show up to get the poster and take it home. One problem though, it doesn't fit in my car. It doesn't fit in my trunk, it just plain doesn't fit. So, I call up a friend who has a mini-van. One problem though, his wife has the mini van for the day and he shows up in his jeep. So, we put the framed poster on top of the jeep and we each reach an arm out the window onto the roof to keep it from blowing away. Problem solved, now it is in it's proper home, and I couldn't be happier.

BTW- I will give a special prize to anyone who can tell me the names of every character on this poster.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Back in the top 50!

This awesome cover provided by my amazingly talented friend Robert Rivera!

As some of you may know, I've once again entered the Comic Book Challenge sponsored by Platinum Studios. I'm happy to announce, that once again I made the top 50. I read that there were 900 entries in last years contest, and even a greater number this year, so it is truly an honor.

To check out the "Gemini Effect" book that I am pitching as well as some other amazing talents with crazy ideas please visit

Wish me luck! I'm going to need it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Italian Spiderman Strikes Again!

You ever get an itch that just needed to be scratched? Well, I get them all the time, my latest was this tribute to the 3rd episode of Italian Spiderman which had me LOL. It's also a tribute to who I consider one of the most under rated comic artists of all time (at least by my generation) Mr. George Tuska. Nothing better than scratching two itches at once.

And if you haven't already you can watch all the episodes of Italian Spiderman at the Alrugo Blog.

UPDATE: Now you can own the original art to this 11 x 17 pen and ink drawing!