Final Cover: The Boy Who Wanted War

Boy-Who-Wanted-War-CoverAfter I sent the files for The Boy Who Wanted War to the publisher, we decided to take a second look at the title design. While we all liked the original version, we realized that it wasn’t big enough. It didn’t really stand out. Not on the front cover, and not as the title design of a really cool science fiction war story.

So after coming up with some general ideas on what I thought the title should look like, I turned to Nic J. Shaw for some assistance.

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A Gun in His Hand

A Gun in His Hand (1951, Gold Medal books)

A Gun in His Hand (1951, Gold Medal books)

Publisher: Gold Medal Books (as no. 154)
Date: 1951
Genre: Nonfiction/Crime

A Gun in His Hand is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel. Victor Rosen’s book tells the story of Frank “Two Gun” Crowley who was little more than a two-bit hood who stole cars and liked to shoot his guns. But in 1931, after his pal Rudolph “Fats” Durringer kills a girl, the police move in on them both. Events escalate into a 2-hour shootout. Continue reading

Alone at Last

Alone at Last (Midwood, 1965)

Alone at Last (Midwood, 1965)

Publisher: Midwood (as 32-523)
Date: 1965
Genre: Lesbiana/Sleaze

Although I’ve been more and more interested in these vintage paperback book from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, I’m yet to read any of the sleaze books that seem to have been so popular at the time. Despite not actually reading the words between the covers, there’s been an almost overwhelming impulse to buy some of these dirty old books just for the cover art. Which is probably why I’ve been on a Paul Rader buying spree of late, and why not? He’s one of the best cover artists when it comes to using the female form to titillate and entice would be readers. Continue reading

Mona by Lawrence Block

Mona (Gold Medal, 1961)

Mona (Gold Medal, 1961)

Title: Mona
Publisher: Gold Medal
Date: 1961
Genre: Crime

After years of writing sleaze novels under various pen names such as Lesley Evans, Sheldon Lord, or Andrew Shaw, Lawrence Block wrote something that his agent liked enough to suggest that Block publish it under his real name. The year was 1961, and Block sold Mona to Gold Medal. It was his first real crime novel, but it certainly wouldn’t be his last as he began to pull away from the softcore porn titles to focus on noir. Continue reading

Coloring the Boy Who Wanted War

We’ve finally gotten to the coloring phase for THE BOY WHO WANTED WAR. I’m very excited to be working with colorist Brian Dyk (Ghost Town). I was impressed by the samples of his work, but even more importantly, when we Skyped for the first time, he showed a passion for creating comics, collaborating, and for learning his craft. Working closely with someone who’s as interested as I am in producing great comics is important to me, so I think things will work out great.

So far, I’m liking what I see. He’s colored the first five pages so far, and if all goes well, we’ll have the entire book finished sometime in the middle of February.

Art by Jethro Morales
Inks by Brian L. Erandio
Colors by Brian Dyck
Letters by Jason Hanley
Edited by Charles Barnitz

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