Here is a personal favorite of mine… The Shadow!
Usually while I’m working, I’m listening to old radio shows from the Golden Age of Radio. Its a medium I discovered early in my career and its been a favorite ever since. Radio really is a perfect medium for an artist. You don’t have to watch it. You can draw while you’re listening to it and get totally lost in the story while getting work done. The Shadow is among the better shows. I’m only familiar with the Shadow from his long-lasting radio series and from the Howard Chaykin comic book series of the 80’s. My friend, Alex Simmons, a colleague and collaborator from my Archie days, is a real fan of and expert on the Shadow and he tells me the radio version of the character is quite different from the character’s origins in pulp magazines. My understanding is the original Shadow was a much grittier, more mysterious character than the squeaky-clean version I’m acquainted with. Still, I enjoy his show. It might be heresy among hard core Shadow fans to say this but my favorite Shadow actor is Bill Johnstone. Orson Welles, most people’s preferred Shadow, comes across too foppish to me. He makes the Shadow sound like a bored dilettante.
This piece was done as another commission request from the 2015 DIE KITTY DIE Kickstarter campaign. I’m getting together the last few sketches that have to go out so please keep checking back here to see what else I’ve drawn. Dan Parent and I have already started dropping some very big hints about our next Die Kitty Die campaign which will launch very soon!