Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
|Gilbert Gottfried, drawn for the Lowbrow|
Gilbert Gottfried is a hyper, brilliant, fearless comedian. In fact, he's one of my favorite younger Old Jewish Comedians. I've known Gilbert for thirty years, ever since meeting him up at the mid-eighties, not-very-funny version of the National Lampoon which we were both creating work for. We hit it off because we both shared a passion for old schlocky show business and especially old Hollywood horror films, featuring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, John Carradine, George Zucco, Lon Chaney, Jr., and the giant, bald Swedish wrestler-turned- zombie/actor Tor Johnson. Gilbert and I lived in the same neighborhood of the East Village and he would frequently drop by, (usually unannounced), to watch my VHS tape collection of 1950's horror films mainly featuring Lugosi, some directed by Ed Wood, Jr., as well as Lon Chaney, Jr. films. Sometimes we'd both watch entire films in silence, absorbing every nuance and detail before Gilbert would put his hat and coat back on and return to his apartment on Avenue A.
Gilbert and I discuss our love of old horror films, among many other pertinent topics, including Groucho Marx's doing horrific things because "Chico needed the money", Jerry Lewis's reaction to my Old Jewish Comedian book, Jack Carter hating his portrait, Rosie Grier's bodyguard and film career, and Milton Berle's schlong, along with savvy co-host Frank Santopadre, in this latest episode of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing, Colossal Podcast!:
Gilbert Gottfried, New York Punk, The Lowbrow Reader by Jay Ruttenberg
I've drawn Gilbert several times over the years, the first time to accompany his introduction to my book of SPY magazine drawings
"Private Lives of Public Figures" in 1991. Gilbert always referred
to my early stipple drawing style as "Jew Dots":
Also From SPY, Gilbert's famous and hilarious "encounter" with Donald Trump,
from the book "Spy High":
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
In an attempt to boost lagging sales, the final albums in the series from the early 1960's focus on more controversial topics, including sexual harmony in marriage and explaining the facts of life to the kids.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
|my new portrait of artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel, (click to enlarge), circa 1939 in Cleveland,|
shortly after they signed away all the rights to their new character Superman to National/DC comics for the total sum of $130. The check they endorsed was actually for over $400, padded out with other payments due them, no doubt to make the signing more enticing.
Jerry Siegel would have turned 100 in October. The illustration is also available as a high-quality, limited edition print (only 12 have been created), and can be ordered here:
|Siegel & Shuster preliminary pencil sketch|
and Shuster was unemployed
and near-blind, created for my new book Heroes of the Comics
Pre-order the book from Amazon: