The Best of Comic Art Friday 2008, Volume 2
For me, the highlight of 2008's art collecting season came in the form of my newest theme gallery. Bombshells!, a loving tribute to my Air Force childhood (during which my affection for comics flowered), features superheroines from the Golden Age of comics (the late 1930s through the early 1950s) posing in pinups styled after World War II-era bomber nose art.
From the day of its debut in late May, Bombshells! proved itself one of the most popular sections in my online gallery, with the posted items garnering more than 9,600 individual page views.
Bombshells! affords me a unique opportunity to salute some of my favorite classic heroines, such as Mary Marvel (pencil art by Jeffrey Moy)...
...enduring second-tier characters, such as Liberty Belle (pencils by Daniel B. Veesenmeyer, inks by Bob Almond)...
...nearly forgotten former stars, such as Miss Masque (pencil art by Anthony Carpenter)...
...and utter obscurities that only the most fanatical comics history buffs have heard of, such as the Purple Tigress (pencils and inks by Terry Beatty).
Look for more new Bombshells! coming in 2009.
And now drumroll, please, Maestro my Comic Art Friday Artist of the Year for 2008.
[wrestling with recalcitrant seal on envelope]
And the winner is...
Gene Gonzales, the Florida-based pro whose clean lines and fresh, vibrant characters added boundless excitement and beauty to my collection this year.
Gene contributed three magnificent pinups to my Bombshells! theme:
Kitten, Cat-Man's youthful assistant...
Yankee Girl, a one-shot patriotic powerhouse...
...and this absolutely splendid rendition of Sun Girl.
Not content with these fine creations, Gene also swung for the fences with this addition to my Common Elements theme, starring Shadowcat and Phantom Girl.
And in case you thought he'd exhausted his wellspring of artistic genius, Gene also drew this sweet rendition of Supergirl, wearing her classic costume from the swinging '70s.
Thanks, Gene! And thanks to every one of the artists whose work entered my collection this year. You all honor me with your amazing talents.
And that's your Comic Art Friday for 2008.
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