Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Illustration of Frank Zappa

My new illustration of the late, great, legendary musician Frank Zappa is now available as a large limited edition print:

portion of the preliminary Zappa pencil sketch
a screen-shot from a video interview with Frank Zappa shot in
 his studio in the
 1980's. My book "Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental" on his piano.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Robert Crumb Comic biography in MASTERFUL MARKS

cover to Masterful Marks, lettering by
Ryan Heshka

Masterful Marks, edited and art directed by BLAB! founder Monte Beauchamp, is a new collection of graphic biographies celebrating the lives of visionary cartoonists, and published  by Simon & Schuster. I'm proud to have my eight-page comic strip "R.Crumb & Me" included in the book. The other contributing artists/writers: Marc Rosenthal (Charles Adams), Arnold Roth (Al Hirschfeld), Sergio Ruzzier (Charles Schulz), Nora Krug (Hergé), Peter Kuper (Harvey Kurtzman), Ryan Heshka (Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster), Mark Alan Stamaty (Jack Kirby), Nicolas Debon (Winsor McCay), Owen Smith (Lynd Kendall Ward), Larry Day (Walt Disney), Frank Stack (Rodolf Topffer), Gary Dumm (Hugh Hefner), Dan Zettwoch (Osamu Tezuka), Denis Kitchen (Dr. Suess), and Greg Clarke (Edward Gorey). 

The first two pages to my Robert Crumb comic strip:

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Biographies Of Various Men Sent From God.

                                  Will the real man sent from God, please stand up:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gilbert Gottfried and Me

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":
This panel is from a comic strip that ran in Los Angeles magazine, predicting upcoming network TV shows, including "Everyone Hates Gilbert":

Gilbert and I at the book launch party for my book "Even More Old Jewish Comedians",
at the Friars club in 2011. photo by Kipp Friedman

famed comic Larry Storch with Gilbert at the same party,
photo by Matt Beckoff

Gilbert and I with legenday talk show host Joe Franklin, at the opening night party
for my Old Jewish Comedians show at the
Society of Illustrators in March, 2114

Gilbert Gottfried at the Society of Illustrators
photo by Ken Farell

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


In 1959, a series of LP budget record albums, (cheaply produced), were released by Carlton records as the "Hear How" series. Approximately 25 in all were released offering advice on how to improve your skills in various hobbies, sports, languages and occupations, offered by experts in their chosen fields.
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

Portrait of a young Shemp

This is my newly completed watercolor portrait of a young Shemp Howard (Samuel Horwitz) circa mid-1920's:

My preliminary pencil sketch:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Joe Shuster's 100th Birthday

                    July 10th, 2014 is the 100th Birthday of the artist Joe Shuster
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

My portrait of Siegel & Shuster in the mid-seventies when Siegel was working as a file clerk
 and Shuster was unemployed
and near-blind, created for my new book Heroes of the Comics

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