Monday, July 28, 2014

Comics: Artie Simek in the National Lampoon

February 1984
“The Surfer Scripts”
by Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones
illustration by Bill Sienkiewicz

Story about the unpublished Silver Surfer scripts by a variety of writers. Artie is mentioned twice.

page 74, column 3, bottom: ...This idea died, however, when Marvel’s durable staff letterer Artie Simek couldn’t think of a way to letter a laugh-track onto a comic-book page.

page 78, column 3, third paragraph: …The note of acceptance was never sent, however, due to the objections of letterer Artie Simek. Said he in a memo to Stan: “What is this, some kind of cruel joke to play on a man with weak eyes? Look at my glasses, like a finger they’re so thick. I should handwrite all these words and go blind? He wants all those words, you let this Wolfe letter the comic himself! I should care if he wrote To the Lighthouse?”

Names and Titles in the Story

Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Richard Brautigan, Charles Bukowski, Eldridge Cleaver, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, George V. Higgins, John Irving, Dan Jenkins, Erica Jong, Jerzy Kosinski, Stan Lee, Elmore Leonard, John D. McDonald, Larry McMurtry, James Michener, Robert B. Parker, Harold Robbins, Tom Robbins, D.M. Thomas, Roy Thomas, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Westlake, Tom Wolfe

Joseph Barbera, Sol Brodsky, John Buscema, William Hanna, Jack Kirby, Peyo, Charles M. Schulz, Artie Simek, Barry Smith

Beast, Black Panther, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Galactus, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Iron Man, Irving Forbush, Marvel Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Norrin-Radd, Rawhide Kid, Red Skull, Shalla-Bal, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Super-Skrull, Thing, Thor, Ultra-Boy, Watcher

Gary Cooper, Richard Gere, Paul Newman, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Taylor

DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Village Voice

Look Homeward, Angel!, To the Lighthouse

Beaver, Wally

Breathless, High Noon

Aaron Copland

Richard Daley

Nathan Hale

(Next post on Monday)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lettering: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Some of the names on the Administration Building




Marshall Ward





(Next post on Monday: Brooklyn Yarn Dye Co Inc)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July, 1912 and 1924

July 6, 1912
The Skull.
Danger lurks in every pack, and Death’s symbol should be the “trade-mark.”
Harold Ansel Van Buren
October 15, 1886, Brooklyn, New York – October 1977, Brooklyn, New York

July 3, 1924

(Next post on Monday: The Art and Use of the Poster)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lettering: Ault and Wiborg, 1907–1908

The Inland Printer, February 1907

The Inland Printer, March 1907

The Inland Printer, April 1907

The Inland Printer, May 1907

The American Printer, June 1907

The Inland Printer, July 1907

The Inland Printer, August 1907

The Printing Art, September 1907

The Inland Printer, November 1907

The Inland Printer, December 1907

The Inland Printer, January 1908

The Inland Printer, February 1908

The Inland Printer, March 1908

The Inland Printer, April 1908

The Inland Printer, May 1908

The Inland Printer, June 1908

The Inland Printer, August 1908

The Inland Printer, September 1908

The Printing Art, September 1908

The Printing Art, October 1908

The Inland Printer, December 1908

(Next post on Friday: Fourth of July, 1912 and 1925)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Typography: Chinese Oreo Cookies, Part 3


Maxwell House Coffee

White Chocolate

Mint Chocolate

(a dozen foil-wrapped cookies)

Aeon Supermarket in the basement
of Wangfujing in Guangzhou, China

Chinese Oreo Cookies, Part 1
Chinese Oreo Cookies, Part 2

(Next post on Monday: Ault and Wiborg, 1907–1908)