|INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH REVIEWZ
by Dan Burke
OLD FASHIONED REVIEWS THE WAY YOU LIKE EM.
SLAM BANG #3 Volume III March, 2008
Great printing. I print lots of books. And I have to say the paper and reproduction on this issue is SO GOOD. Looks like is cost a small fortune to print. Gorgeous book. Hats off to Allen the publisher for printing some sweet books.
Mightyguy. Tim Corrigan's strip in this issue is a hoot. Tremendous old style physical comedy in a comic book. Too good. This strip has grown on me. Tim's ability to draw funny cartoons has never been better. Great stuff. 10 stars! 5 hearts and clover for a super strip.
SLAM BANG #2 Vol III Spring 2007
Superb printing. Great reproduction. Looks all digital and it rocks.
Michael Wurl's hilarious introduction. Just like the old EC books. So good. Love it.
"Another TV" by Freeman and Chuck Haspel. Great old style EC comics story. This one is TOO cool. Old school comics. This is a gem.
Another classic. Another EC spooky story like tale. Creep you out! Loved it. This is what it's all about. "Believe" by Saul J Haberfield. Super cool stuff. Great story Saul. Keep it going.
Interview with Tim Corrigan. Tim's picture looks like Jefferson from the $20 bill? Someone else check this out. Cool interview.
This is a great issue. Nothing else like it folks. Independent cartoonists should contribute heavily to this fantastic book. See your work in print. Loved this issue.
This is a superb issue. The reproduction is excellent. Let's start with both covers. Charlene Chua's cover is beautiful. I love this style of art. The back cover is awesome. Christina Wald wonderful alien salon.
An action story called "Sleepbringer: Angryone." By Buck Weiss and Ben Ferrari. Cool story.
"Zombie Party" from Steve Mannion. Wonderful artwork.
"Blame It On The Keilbasa Nova." What a hoot! Slick art.
"A Science Fiction Situation" by Anton Bogaty. WOW. This rocks. The art to the story is amazing. A true comic book genius on his prime. Keep making stories Anton. Your time will come. It's already here. I loved the wonderful art and panel to panel storytelling here. WOW.
I have always loved Daryl Hutchinson's hilarious cartoons. You can see allot of his funny work in 1980's Slam Bang. Here he presents some original full page art and some gorgeous tarot card looking illustrations.
Who would have thunk it? Tim Corrigan has turned into a Jack Cole physical cartoonist. His site gags are great. Special appearance by the bulk. I think Corrigan is now drawing and writing at the TOP of his game. How old is he? He seems to be in his cartoon prime.
The Plethoric Man. It's all over the place..but it's beautiful and cool to look at. The splash page by Elisu Gouvevia is incredible. Loved this one. All the artwork in this piece is cool. Elisu Gouvevia is terrific.
There is more great stuff jam packed into this issue. Well worth getting.
Gorgeous cover by Sygnin.
The issue features strong artwork all the way trough. "Today" by Thiago Carvalho. The art is so original. It's good to see someone doing stories like this. Very good artwork.
Page 32. Fake ad about "Slam Bang" waiting room. Great art. Looks like Tom Bunk drew it. Loved this one. Who drew it? Who knows? It's great.
Jeff Gaither's back inside cover. This guy draws like Big Daddy Rat and Basil Wolverton. Exceptional detailed haunting work. A true talent. Jeff could do a creepy strip that would rock.
Another great issue from the house of cool independent comics. Fanatic Press.
The cover is very well done. I like the devil selling lard.
"Deconstruction" by Ryan Estrada. A send of the hamburger icon Big Boy. Well drawn and good idea.
Page 13 "Doctor Fnutts" by Roger Landgridge. Very funny one page toon.
Erik Weems "Trophy Wives" movie poster. Great stuff. Erik and his mad paint brush return.
Classic Marvel comic covers spoofed in the center spread. Great stuff. Loved this one by Russ Maheras. Perfect dupes Russ.
This is an excellent issue.
Inside covers by Kieran and Damon Oats. Great art on this one.
Dean LaCrone's cartoon, "Tales From The Script" is a slice of comic heaven. Funny to read and look at. Great and funny strip. The Tin man drawing (panel 6) so good. Please Dean no more of these wild strips. These are classics.
Anton Bogaty's strip The Short Biography of An Unknown Artist. Great artwork. So beautiful to look at and well written. Reminded me an old EC classic. Sigh..if only I could draw like this guy. Good stuff.
Erik Weem's "You Robot". I love Erik's work. This word balloons are so well done. He does them by hand from the looks of it.
Some very cool ads in the back that we can order from. All is all a good issue.
SLAM BANG #1 Volume II 2003
Cover by Anton Bogaty. Very nice illustration.
Back cover. Fake ad for artist school. Brilliant and very well done. Funny.
Inside cover. Hilarious ad for brain surgery.
COMIC STRIP: "Unscary Monsters" by Anton Bogaty
Harvey Kurtzman was real genius. He was the creative force behind the early MAD magazines, PANIC and LITTLE ANNIE FANNIE cartoon works.
Harvey was a very talented guy. His layouts are so cool to look at (even today). He would layout all his stories/books and artists like Jack Davis and Wally Wood would finish his layouts. Essentially redrawing his layouts.
These original layouts of Harveys are so brilliant it's breath taking to view them. And they have a "look". There is an energy and panel to panel style, a rhythm of panel to panel style,( that is all but GONE in modern comics) that is unique to Harvey Kurztman. Very unique. Only Jack Kirby and a handful of others have this amazing "panel to panel" style of story drawing and layout. A guy working in Slam Bang today has this kind of wonderful ability to tell stories. His name is Anton Bogaty.
In Slam Bang #1 we are treated to Anton Bogaty's "Unscary Monsters." comic strip. Drawn beautifully it looks like Harvey Kurtzman channeling through this artist/writer, Anton Bogaty. Genius work. This artist writer has come into their own. The art and the black wash work on the art is great. The pacing, the page layouts, the lyrical style, the visual style..it's comic books at it's very best. WOW. This one blew me away. This artist writer is a fine talent and at the top of their game. LOVED IT.
It sounds like a cliche but this artist is the heir apparent to MAD magazines Harvey Kurztman. Hats off to this artist. The panel to panel layouts and the page to page layouts taken as a whole story are fantastic.
This black and white wash style is the great. Much different than Anton's art from days past. Love this new look. And the writing is funny. I am amazed by this strip as you can tell.
WRAP UP: This issue contains some nice work by Anton Bogaty, Brad Foster, Chistina Wald, John Lustig and others. A small issue, but it rocks.
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