Monday, September 1, 2008

Comic Crazys & Irv Spector

ComicCrazys does it again, with another great post featuring inking tips from the old "FAMOUS ARTISTS" Cartoon Correspondence School. Highly worth checking out.

The prior COMICCRAZYS post features a number of YOGI BEAR Sunday comic strips from the Gene Hazelton era, although much of it has the feel of a different artist. My guess was either Ed Nofziger and or Jerry Eisneberg, but it's just a guess. Anyone who knows for sure should feel free to jump in with the straight dope.

Michael Sporn has posted part deux of a two part post on Irv Spector, who storyboarded and designed some of the last of the Paramount shorts. I haven't seen these films in many years and I have to admit my opinion of them has always been low. But this preliminary artwork is fan-friggin-tastic. Maybe they should have just filmed that (or let Spector do the whole thing himself!).

(Thanks CC & Michael!)

8 comments:

pspector said...

Appreciate your plug of my dad's Paramount work on display at the Splog, and your insightful comments there, which give me another way of looking at the work within a larger context. Just as interesting to me are the two images you chose to put up here.
Thanks, Paul

Will Finn said...

Thanks Paul and thank you for sharing your father's talents with us. this artwork is so fresh and wonderful and lively!

Braden said...

Hey Will,

Thanks for the great link to the caniff inkwork! As well as the great art on your blog, fantastic gestures and caricaturing. Thanks for the inspiration.

chrisallison said...

THANKS for the tip on the inking link, Will! I'm gonna do some of those assignment plates.

Your one ipod drawings are hilarious. Good to have you back bloggin again!

Bill Perkins said...

Hi Will. Saw your ID's on the yogi Bear Strips. I have TWO OBSCURE questions. 1.) Any idea who did the "hey there it's yogi Bear" Comic book - it had some great poses printed on the inside covers. I was very taken with the story and the artwork but let down by the film a bit. 2. When I was a kid I had a dell four color Hanna Barbara Comic book of some nature, what I remember most were pictures of Bill H and Joe B in the back with some bio info. It was the first time I realized Hanna / Barbera where grown men and they did cartoons for a living ! The seed was planted in my young brain that I could grow up and do this too ! As my parents said it was the beginning of the end. I'm just getting my blog started up and running I've been in animation for years, really enjoyed "Home on the Range" . A women I took Union night classes under named Diana Coco Russell worked on it .. clean up. Don't know if you know her but heck of an artist.

Will Finn said...

Hi Bill, so great to hear from you! Hope you are well...

I don't know how i missed the HEY THERE IT'S YB comic--i was OBSESSED with that movie and when we saw it at the local drive in my mother never forgot how i stayed up past midnight on a school night trying to draw it all out on paper "so i wouldn't forget." I will ask around, tho. I still think that's an amazing character and it's a shame the movie is not on a DVD...

If you want, send me an email address (i won't publish it)--i'd love to stay in touch!

Bill Perkins said...

Hi Will. I THINK you have me confused with Bill Perkins the Disney Art director / fine artist. It happens a lot, there's two of us in the business at last count and we've actually work in the same studios at the same time. There's been no end to the confusion, IAMBI is getting our credits mixed up all the time. I've been in the business since 1979, mostly in Canada although I went to school and have worked in the states for significant amounts of time, mostly in television with feature work interspersed. "Hey there its Yogi bear" was a touchstone for me to be sure. In addition to the comic book there was a golden book as well as a "Big" Golden book and I believe an LP. Some trivia : David Gates (later of Bread) wrote music for it and Friz Freleng worked on it also. The comic book was great and comes up on EBay now and again - I bought a copy a few years back. It was very well done, well drawn and the sense I have now is that whoever did it had a animation background as the drawings,i felt, indicated that - strong poses etc. Also the poster for the movie comes up now and again. I'm glad to hear it's being released on DVD - long overdue - I still have the VHS tape copy but it is very old. I was strongly impacted by the early Hanna Barbara work when I was a kid, still love and have a particular affection for Yogi bear. I worked for H and B in the middle eighties on a series of T.V. Movies that resurrected the "classic" Characters". It was terrific and certainly to me the fulfillment of a childhood ambition. Great company to work for and I spent hours talking to people that had been in the business for decades. Guys like Ray Patterson, Don Patterson, K. wright, Berny Wolf etc.I'm glad i did it. Good work on your blog by the way - its one of my daily stops - certainly i've followed links you've post to some real interesting stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing if someone can ID the mystery artist, I sure like to know who he or she was.

Will Finn said...

Bill, indeed i did make that conclusion, my apologies. a rare bout of common sense caused me to check IMDb for your credits before i mis-identified you in my current post.

I do remember some of the other movie tie-ins, i had the giant golden book and some of the conflicting synopsis information caused me to want to re-draw it all right after viewing it so i could get the movie-correct version...

i look forward to your blog--hope you are willing to share some of your experiences with the H-B giants you got to work with...

cheers...