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Louise Simonson on Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, and photo reference…

Below is a partial transcript of the above clip, with bold added for emphasis:

“Well, when Jeff did work for Warren, I wasn’t there [working for Warren] yet. I was, uhm, working in advertising promotion and, for another publisher, a magazine publisher in the city [New York]. Uhm, I think during this time Jeff may have discovered using reference? And it made a huge difference in his work. I remember at one point he, he, it suddenly occurred to him… okay, all right, back in the olden days there was a story that Frank Frazetta said that he never used reference and anybody who used reference was cheating. So a generation of young artists grew up thinking using reference is bad and cheating and this is, I don’t know, I don’t know why Frank did that because I know he used reference, I know he did. [Laughter.] Uhm, anyway, so I guess at one point Jeff just cracked and started using reference and his work got, it took a huge leap forward, so I do remember that, and I believe that was, maybe some of that might have been during the Warren period. Uhm, he just did a few things for Warren. He didn’t do that much.”

— Louise Simonson, Better Things Panel, San Diego Comic Con 2011

“My work looks the way it looks because I shoot reference.
I need that information, then I can play with it.” — Jeffrey Jones, in conversation with George Pratt



From my very own library of brittle old paperbacks:


To view all of the Zebra/Kensington editions of Robert E. Howard’s books with Jones covers that I’ve posted so far, click here.

Keywords: The Vultures of Whapeton.

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Look Here, Read: “Gone Is the Gargoyle,” with art by Mort Drucker

From Marvel Tales, volume 1, number 127, here’s “Gone Is the Gargoyle,” a story with no formal credit for either the scriptwriter or the artist; however, as often happened “back in the day,” the artist got around this by signing his name, unobtrusively, on the art itself — in this case, on the bottom left of the last page:



Keywords: Mort Drucker


See also: Ragged Claws Network > Look Here, Read: “One Man’s Leprechaun,” with art by Mort Drucker, posted 05 October 2011 at 8:03 pm.

Obituaries · YouTube Finds

Rest in Peace: Gil Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011)

New York Times > Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Culture, Dies at 62

Gil Scott-Heron, the poet and recording artist whose syncopated spoken style and mordant critiques of politics, racism and mass media in pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” made him a notable voice of black protest culture in the 1970s and an important early influence on hip-hop, died on Friday at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 62 and had been a longtime resident of Harlem.


The Daily Swarm > The Daily Swarm Interview: Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged by Andy Gensler:

I don’t think many people realize how funny “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is–lines about Rocky & Bullwinkle and Glen Campbell and the Beverley Hillbillies.

[GS-H] That’s how we wrote it. There’s a lot of wit in there. What we were talking about man is that like you never get anything done, you never see anything that helps you. You need to be out doing stuff. The Revolution takes place in your mind. Once you decide to look at the other side of it seriously and see if there’s any value to it. We were the ones with the bibles and the flags and shit but they were calling us militants and you all son of a bitches were the ones with the guns.

But you were also well-versed in pop culture –“Put a Tiger in Your Tank or It Goes Better With a Coke’ –a lot of the song is lampooning pop culture.

[GS-H] That’s what we were trying to do. We were trying to show people how silly the shit was they were wasting their time on when they needed to be trying to help.

But something about “Revolution” just resonated, it hadn’t been said before like that. Either you were a revolutionary or maybe you were a comedian.

[GS-H] It was up to people to decide which (laughs).

What do you make of people crediting you with starting hip-hop?

[GS-H] I don’t know if I can take the blame for it.

“My life has been guided by women, but because of them, I am a man.”
–Gil Scott-Heron, “On Coming from a Broken Home (Pt. 2),”
from the album I’m New Here (2010)