Image © Elaine Lee & Michael Wm. Kaluta.
So, a package arrived from IDW today. Looked like comics. I was puzzled. Didn’t recall lettering anything for IDW. When I opened it, I remembered. I’d done the work directly for Elaine and Michael, as I’ve done since this project began around 1980, and forgot that IDW was publishing the serialized form.
STARSTRUCK runs like a live wire through my professional comics lettering life. It was the first big project I did outside of DC Comics, allowed because it wasn’t being published in direct competition. (HEAVY METAL was the first American publisher, not considered so by DC.) Later I worked on more for Marvel, with special permission from DC, as I was still on staff there then. Later still I worked on it directly for Elaine and Michael again when I was a full-time freelancer, and pages I lettered were published by several more companies.
The lettering credit for this series is complicated. I’m listed as the sole letterer, but it’s not so. There were times when I wasn’t able to work on the series, and other letterers were used. Many of the pages in this issue were not originally lettered by me. Some were lettered by Ken Bruzenak, some by Tim Harkins, at least that’s my judgment based on style. Willie Schubert might be in there too. Michael and Elaine aren’t sure either. There are pages in upcoming issues lettered by John Workman, and then there are new pages here and in future issues that ARE all me. My assignment on the previously lettered pages was to tie things together by redoing all the narrative captions, and add anything new or different Elaine had decided on for this current version, which is expanded and added to from what was originally done. STARSTRUCK is constantly evolving. This storyline is all different from the previous IDW series, though, that was earlier material. If you’re a fan, as I am, you’ll want to check it out.
Image © DC Comics and Bill Willingham.
Just arrived, in the same format as the FABLES Deluxe Editions, which means slightly larger than originally printed, and on much better paper, so it looks great. Available soon, I expect.
Image © Neil Gaiman and Shane Oakley.
This was lots of fun to letter. I’d worked with Shane once before, on ALBION, but I thought this project was a better fit for him, personally. Neil wrote a funny send-up of over-the-top gothic horror that is, at the same time, a clever turning of such stories upside down AND a modern tale of bleak mundanity. Should be available now.
Image © DC Comics.
I’m enjoying lettering this series based on the Neil Gaiman version of the character from SANDMAN, and reviving his long-running solo title. Novelist Holly Black (“Spiderwick Chronicles”) does a nice job with the writing, and the art by Lee Garbett is great, too. Lots of “Daddy issues” in this collection between Lucifer, his father, and his own son, neither of whom have good feelings toward the former ruler of Hell. Goes on sale March First.
Images © IDW & DC.
What a cool thing arrived on this stormy day from my former editor Scott Dunbier! It was great fun revisiting some of the wonderful art I got to work with on the ABC books, and viewing some in versions I never saw. Unfortunately the Tom Strong art by Chris Sprouse and the Top 10 art by Gene Ha does not have my lettering, as in those cases it was done separately, but many of the other stories do. And then there’s the excellent work of Kevin Nowlan on Jack B. Quick that I never saw until it was printed because Kevin did his own lettering.
The complete art for PROMETHEA #10 is here, and looks wonderful.
Several hilarious and manic Splash Brannigan stories by Hilary Barta are here…
…as well as several Jonni Future stories by the amazing Arthur Adams. What a treat it was to letter all those! And let’s not forget the writers, Alan Moore and Steve Moore (on Jonni), who gave me the best words to work with.
This is a great thing. Thank you, Scott Dunbier!