A Jolly Old Time!

We’ve made it! Day 31 of our month-long online Jack Kir­by trib­ute, in hon­or of his birth­day this month (back on the 28th). The brain­child of Howard Simp­son, you can find the work of par­tic­i­pants on your favorite social media plat­forms via the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

The prompt for this last day reads, “Draw your own orig­i­nal char­ac­ter. The King would want you to cre­ate char­ac­ters you own.” So I present: the Jol­ly Jaunter!

The rea­son I went with him is that he was a char­ac­ter I orig­i­nal­ly came up with back when I was 14 or 15, when I was heav­i­ly into a phase of try­ing to draw like Kir­by. Kind of a sil­ly, satir­i­cal British super­hero. I’m not sure where he came from exact­ly, as at that point, it was­n’t as if I had seen much of jack­’s humor work (like Fight­ing Amer­i­can) yet. Wher­ev­er it came from, the idea struck my fun­ny­bone, and I had to draw it. Buried deep in my files, I still had the drawing!

It was a lit­tle odd, revis­it­ing a draw­ing and a char­ac­ter I had done when I was that young. How often do you do that? Obvi­ous­ly 14/15-year-old me had­n’t both­ered to dig up ref­er­ence for how a Union Jack flag real­ly works, or real­ly thought through how the col­or would work. What can I say? The idea amused me at the time. But there you go!  For what it’s worth, the Jol­ly Jaunter is ™ & © Mark Lewis.

Thanks for look­ing, and for fol­low­ing all my Kir­by Trib­utes this month!

2 thoughts on “A Jolly Old Time!

  1. joe musich

    Great and a won­der­ful per­son­al­ized end­ing. You even got the allit­er­a­tion going. I am curi­ous as to the rea­son you chose to set Ben to the time you did. And the change in hats? I do like the bowler. Sher­lock pipe is the top­per. Did you ever write a sto­ry or two to go along with the art? Thanks for a month of work. Con­grat­u­la­tions. You made it and appar­ent­ly had a great deal of fun.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you enjoyed all this, Joe. And you’re right; I did have a lot of fun doing these. Going back and look­ing at a lot of Kir­by work again kind of inspired and re-ener­gized me.

      No par­tic­u­lar rea­son for the time on Big Ben, oth­er than I thought the hands looked good spread out like that. I guess we’re look­ing at some­thing like 2:30 in the after­noon (or half past 2, as they might say there). And if there’s a change in the hat, it’s only because I have a bet­ter under­stand­ing now of what bowler/derby hats look like. It’s what I was try­ing to draw back then.

      I nev­er tried to write a sto­ry with this char­ac­ter. It was most­ly just this sil­ly image that came to mind, and I had to draw it. Stuff like that still hap­pens to me: get­ting an image or idea in mind, and then being com­pelled to have to draw it in order to get it out of my head. A num­ber of things I’ve post­ed here have start­ed out that way.


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