Regular readers of my blog are probably aware of my great regard for the work of Jack "King" Kirby in general, and my particular fondness for one of the characters he created, Etrigan the Demon. I think I also mentioned that I had started, years ago, one of those "theme" sketchbooks wherein I got different artists to draw their interpretations of Etrigan.
Well, on a trip out to the old studio last night, I found it, and it brought back some memories. There are some pretty nifty images inside, some of which I had forgotten (including one by Stan Sakai which is very cool). I'm thinking maybe I should continue this project, begun back in 1985 and dormant now for probably twenty years or so.
Here's what the book looks like from the outside -- just your generic black hardcover sketchbook.
But opened to the first page and the inside front cover...
That's a very nice color Kevin Eastman drawing on the left... and the signature of "The King" himself on the right. I remember obtaining that signature at the 1985 San Diego Comicon... Jack, attended by his wife Roz (who was kind of "running interference" for him), was surrounded by admirers talking with him and getting things autographed. I patiently waited my turn, and when it came, I presented the sketchbook and started my request... and Roz immediately said something to the effect that Jack wasn't doing sketches. I hastened to tell her that I wasn't looking for a sketch, just a signature, and Jack graciously obliged.
I'll be showing these in the order in which they appear in the book. You'll notice that some of the pieces (like Kevin's here) are not drawn right in the book, but on a separate sheet of paper and glued in. This was a matter of practicality -- sometimes, the artists I met at comic shows didn't have time at the show to draw in the book itself, but were able to finish the art and mail it to me later. -- PL