Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Elsje aka Lizzy aka Elsa

A package from the Netherlands arrived just before the holidays. A set of the latest Elsje books by Hercules & Valkema! Really great gags and artwork. And a visual delight for fans of the Kelly and Franquin school.

As you can see there's now a promotional english Lizzy book and I have the pleasure to announce that beginning in 2014 Elsje (Elsa in Swedish) will be published by Egmont in Sweden as part of a comic book with various other strips.
Check out the Elsje website HERE!

And as a surprise gift there was an original Elsje daily in the package! Thanks Gerben!

For those of you who wants to get a closer look at the magnificent brushwork. Here are a few close ups. Enjoy!

Want to see more? Check out the brand new website that Gerben launced! http://www.gerbenvalkema.nl/

Happy New Year all! See you in 2014!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

F is for Fake

Time for some Barks forgeries again.
This time they turned up in the Barks cataloge produced by Karl Heinz Richard.
(He's the guy that makes Barks oils rare...)
Click HERE to see the online version of the cataloge.

First we have this piece that was sold by Profiles in History July 29, 2012
So obviously not by Barks I'm amazed that it can fool anyone. But... obviously it can, so I thought I'd better post the image here, to make people aware of this piece. This one should be destroyed by the police to avoid it entering the market again. Two close ups for those of you still in doubt.

The second one is what appears to be a study for the cover of Donald Duck 77. To me it looks like a rather crude tracing. Not by Barks. 

The third piece from the Barks cataloge is not a forgery.
But it's not by Barks... Sorry.
(The cover art is from Uncle Scrooge 189, 1981.)

To end this post on a happy note the catalog contained one piece that was new to me!
A pencil "rough" for the money salad cover! Enjoy!

Friday, 27 December 2013


For no particular reason, here are a few nice snapshots of Walt that turned up on eBay recently.


Walt with Big Red? Photo is stamped 1964 on the back, so maybe not.
 Walt + Emmy = 1956?
Imdb lists him as winner, being "Best Producer - Film Series Disneyland" that year.

+ two favorites that I found on my hard drive.
Can't remember which site I found them on.
Both seems to be from the same photo session. Ca 1930?
Promotional KFS photos for the daily strip?

And finally, my all time favorite photo of Walt.
Got it framed and placed on a shelf in my studio. The image speaks for it self I guess. 

Happy holidays everybody!


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sheilah Beckett, 1913 – 2013

Just got the news that a great illustrator passed away yesterday.
This was posted by Sean Smith on the Facebook group "The Art of Sheilah Beckett":
To all our friends, I have some sad news. Ian's and my mother Sheilah Beckett passed away yesterday. it was quick and I feel peaceful. she was about to go and work on a piece on the computer, my brother went to turn it on and came to get her and she was gone. So she was working right up to the end! So if you do something creative keep doing it and think of her,or look at some of her work and think good thoughts and know how much it meant to her that people loved her work.
If you'r not already familiar with her work please check out Leif Peng's post on her by clicking HERE. And make sure to pick up Illustration Magazine 38 for a great selection of her work in print.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A link to follow

If you enjoy the art of Paul Fung (and the history behind newspaper comic strip artists) you'll sure enjoy this link: http://chimericaneyes.blogspot.se
Eight posts covering the history of Fung, illustrated with really rare artwork and historical pieces. I've been collecting Fung for years and most of this was new to me. Top researcher Alex Jay has done it again! :)

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Billy the Mouse

Oh, just a random page of original art I picked up recently. ;)

#floydgottfredson #dickmoores #billwalsh #WCD64 #soincrediblyrare #thisshouldntevenexist

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sleeping Beauties

UPDATE: Just learned that this story and several other WDToCT stories are reprinted in the second Mickey Mouse sundays volume. Check it out HERE.

 While shuffling paper in my archive I found a small set of sunday pages called "Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales". And a treasure they are!
Scripted by Floyd Gottfredson and drawn by Julius Svendsen, the story of Sleeping Beauty ran from August to December 1958.
I checked and it turned out they have never been reprinted in english! So here are a few pages from the end of the story. Enjoy!

BTW: The Treasury of Classic Tales are an overlooked part of the Disney newspaper comics legacy. Spanning from the Robin Hood story drawn by Jesse Marsh (!) in 1952* to early 1987! Art for the first ten years was made by a bunch of really talented guys: Manuel Gonzales, Bill Wright, Ken Hultgren, Floyd Gottfredson, Dick Moores and the above mentioned Marsh & Svendsen! What a line up!

(*There were actually two sunday stories in 1950 and 1951 that usually are sorted as Silly Symphonies, even though the SS sundays had ended years before. I'd say those are "prequels" to the ToCT title. )

Sunday, 13 October 2013

From cover to cover

A good idea can always be used again.
Collier's April 18, 1953
Donald Duck 77, 1961.

Collier's January 1, 1938
WDC #590, 1994. (Image first used in the Netherlands 1992.)
Little Lulu #69, 1954

Friday, 11 October 2013


Is it Friday? No, it's Tothday.
Two pieces of concept art by Alexander Toth.
(Images caught on eBay.)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Unghunden award

It feels like I've been away from this blog too long now.
Been busy as a bee working on various projects and stuff.
And... two weeks ago I and my colleague Johanna Kristiansson got the Unghunden award for our work with comics for children!
(Mainly Katten Nils /Nils the Cat) Happy, happy! Joy, joy!
Here are a few snapshots from the award ceremony at the Gothenburg bookfair!

Photo by Charlotta Borelius
Photo by Rolf Lindby
Photo by Hedvig Häggman-Sund
Photo by Karl-Erik Lindkvist

The last Li'l Abner

I don't know if this sunday ever has seen print. But here it is. What I believe to be the last finished sunday, scheduled for November 27, 1977.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Fake $crooge

Fake Barks art can be found in the oddest of places. This piece was found on the Carl Barks Fanclub website! 

Compare it to the drawing on the cover to Uncle Scrooge in Color and you can easily see that the above piece is a rather clumsy tracing with a fake signature.

BTW: Where is this Scrooge image taken from?

Speaking of drawings that are not by Barks: The seller hailtotheseahawks recently *sold* two of the forgeries that "redwoodangels13" tried to sell some time ago on eBay. Be aware of this seller!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Wright Mouse

Bill Peckmann was kind enough to to mail me a few more scans of Bill Wright's artwork (And a Harvey Eisenberg page.) that I thought you might enjoy.

Bill says:
"As a 7 year old kid, this MM was comic book reading at it's best! Looking at it now, there seems to be a very heavy Flash Gordon influence of the day.
 Quite an issue, Bill and Harvey Mickey Mice!"

Cover by Eisenberg. (?)

Art by Harvey Eisenberg.