Saturday, January 23, 2010

and from the "really, really cool gig department..."

ok, I'll admit I've been a comic book fan since I was 14 years old.
Comics, as they say, have been very good to me. Over the years I've worked at DC, Marvel and freelanced for just about every comics company in between.
I've had plenty of phenominal highlights as DC's Art Director, and as a comics artist, but this might very well be the coolest one: I just painted the cover to the 40th Anniversary Comic Book Price Guide!
Holy smokes, I've been buying that thing since 1974, and now my image of Batman will grace the cover to this milestone issue!
Ain't life grand?
I've been holding off posting the cover here until Gemstone Publishing posted it first, and since they did indeed post it yesterday, here she be....hope you dig.
ps...big shout out to the fabulous Jeff Vaughn at Gemstone, one of the GREAT guys in the biz!
Also, thanks to Misters Geppi and Overstreet for your very kind words.

here's the full article at the Gemstone/Diamond site:

oh, yeah, just in case you're wondering, yes, this is a painting (not digital), and yes, those classic covers were a bitch to paint!


  1. Cudos! Its great that you still have the opportunity to get those "pinch me" gigs that help remind you why you went into your field. Love the limited colour palette and composition...your chops, how they say, aren't rusty! Now if i may...could you fill us in on the size and medium?is this guash?

  2. Wow, congrats, dude! And not only that, but nice piece...

  3. Kelly,
    Thanks for your kind words. The original is about 18 inches tall, and yes, it was done in gouache.

    Cully, thanks, dude!

  4. Am I allowed to chime in with a whole hearted "WOW!" ???? It's like a painted Toth drawing.

  5. Holy Smokes! That is beautiful, sir.
    Will you be bringing any originals to the Boston con? I'd love to see this piece in person.

  6. ..a bitch to paint?
    There´s nothing like real paint!

  7. well, ok, it WAS fun to paint, but if Chiarello can't complain, he wouldn't be Chiarello!