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Land of The Lost Impressionists
April 1, 2008, 12:32 pm
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One of the first signs that a member of my circle of friends was “growing up” was when, at the urging of his girlfriend, he took down his Sonic the Hedgehog and Iron Man posters and replaced them with a Monet print. It was known thereafter as “the Damned Monet.” It was something of a benchmark in our journey from irresponsible, inebriated slacker-geeks to responsible, sober (well, most of us), hard-working, tax-paying parent-geeks.

Now, thanks to Monte Monet Cook, one can have the best of both worlds.

Je présente “Sleestaks at Giverny.”


More can be found at the Monet Cook.com Online Gallery.


February 23, 2008, 1:05 pm
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Adventure Team
by ~Frohickey on deviantART

GI Joe on Spy Island
by ~Frohickey on deviantART

Hellboy Is A Bad Mother … Shut Yo’ Mouth
December 8, 2007, 1:16 pm
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Dusty Abell’s deviantART.com site is chock-full of 70’s adventure goodness. His “Classic Seventies Action Figures” poster served as my desktop wallpaper for quite some time. He has also rendered The Micronauts, Planet of The Apes, and DC’s Justice Society of America.

Aside from the Seventies action figure poster, my favorite has to be the cover for the never-to-be-seen comic Hellboy: Polyester, Afros, and The Tenth Judge of Hell. In the “Artist’s Comments” section, Abell gives the background of the image:

mike hated the 70’s, i loved em, this was my appeal to him that it could have legs. it made geof darrow laugh and thats good enough for me. done way back when, and since no ones ever gonna see it anywhere else, here it is. if the piece was colord you’d notice the black fella is in fact ashen white with a white afro, hes hellboys risen from the dead, vietnam vet, zombie partner in the bprd.

Writer Drew Geraci mentions it on his website:

For a few years, Dusty Abell and I were a team and did about 300 pages together. Dusty approached Mike Mignola with this concept which started in a chinese monastary in the 30’s (based on some book he read) and wrapped up in the 70’s, a period Dusty and I would constantly wax nostalgic over. Colored by Dean White, who did a terrific job. From my hazy recollection, Mike was actually interested, but it got put on the back burner, until other new opportunities came in which demanded his time ( like a movie, perhaps?) A shame this project never saw the light of day, isn’t it?

It kind of reminds me of The Mod Squad. One Dead. One Red. One Blonde.

Not since Interstate ’76 has there been this much retro-70’s Badness.

Pulp Art
August 5, 2007, 12:30 pm
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Inspired by pop-up books, artist Thomas Allen takes old pulp novels and turns them into dioramas.


Examples can be found here, here, here, here, and here.