Longtime visitors to this blog might know that I was a regular contributor to Big Bang Comics back in the day. I had lots of fun being a part of that! On his blog over on the Big Bang Comics site, Big Bang co-founder Gary Carlson has been writing an article about each issue that came out, in publication order. He just made it up to #8, which ended up featuring a character named Mister U.S. (co-created by writer Nat Gertler and I). You can read all about it here.
Just so there’s something to look at here, I’ve put up a color guide I did for one of the variant covers. Back in those days, I wasn’t using Photoshop yet, so this was all done using markers and watercolors, then marking up the page with the CMYK color formulae I wanted for each color. Aside from that, between Gary and Nat, they’ve covered the rest of the story pretty well, and I don’t want to spoil anything here. But it’s worth checking out, if you’re curious about the “secret origin” of this issue and how it came to be.
This post will be a little outside my ordinary, but I think it’s warranted in order to give credit where credit’s due.
Since launching this site, I’d been telling people that it was 90–95% of the way there to what I wanted it to be. There were a few items where I just couldn’t quite figure out how to tweak them into what I needed. But as of late yesterday, that has finally changed!
This is courtesy of an old friend, writer and expert/dabbler in many things, Nat Gertler. I approached him to see if perhaps he might be able to tweak those interweb thingies that needed tweaking, and he agreed to give it a shot. And he did it brilliantly! It’s a huge relief to have my site finally working just the way I always wanted it to work. So, a very big “Thanks!” goes out to Nat.
So what’s with the bear? Well, I thought it would be boring to have a post with no images. These panels come from a story I drew featuring Nat’s Licensable Bear™. LB™ and Mister U.S. are probably the main things that Nat and I have had the pleasure of collaborating on. You can see samples of my Mister U.S. work on the site here, here and here.
Mister U.S. is ™ and © Nat Gertler and Mark Lewis, Licensable Bear™ is ™ and © Nat Gertler.
I wasn’t sure if I would get to it or not, but it appears I was successful in putting up my galleries. Though there are still a few minor bugs to iron out around here, things are functional. You can access them via the “Galleries” link up top.
And just so I’m not only giving you boring text to read, by popular request (do three requests by one person count?), I’m posting an old pin-up I drew featuring Chesty Sanchez and Mister U.S.
I had a lot of fun with this! It started with a gag idea suggested by writer Nat Gertler, whom Chesty Sanchez creator Steve Ross had initially contacted to request a pin-up. For some reason, though I knew the book was only going to be printed in black and white, I always wanted to see this in color. Maybe one day I’ll do it, just for fun. This appeared in the 96 page “Chesty Sanchez Super Special” some years back, published by Antarctic Press.
Looking back over the comic, a Chesty Sanchez movie could be a lot of fun. The time is right, with all the other comic book movies out there. Steve? you should get right on that and make it happen! 😉
Chesty Sanchez is ™ and © Steve Ross, Mister U.S. is ™ and © Nat Gertler and Mark Lewis.