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February 12th, 2011

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Bottle of Red

(PG; History, Romance, Crime) On a December night in 1945, a young artistic couple witnesses mob killing at Louis Italian-American Restaurant. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

This if the first authentic 12″ x 18″ page I’ve ever drawn! Had to tilt my drafting table almost vertical to minimize top-of-page visual distortion. Experimenting with lettering Ames/nibs combinations, I settled on Ames 4.5/Even Spaced with Speedball B-6 (B-5 for bold). I’ve used the high-grade Strathmore 500 Series Bristol for the smaller size, since it comes in 14″ x 17″ pads. With the deadline looming, I got the larger, lower-grade 300 Series for this page — the performance drop-off was noticable. Inconsistent ink coverage, erasing took ink off paper. This series sucks! The later pages were drawn on the 500 Series — with much better results!

June Mills and Bill Everett worked at comic book publisher Fiction House. At the time of this story, the industry was considered trashy by serious artists. Bill created “The Sub-Mariner” in this period.

June created “Miss Fury” — the first female superhero in black tights! She signed her name “Tarpe Mills” to hide her gender. The book was so popular that the secret somehow came out — with no negative backlash. Since my fictionalization portrays her as an art student in 1945, I thought it was important to show how she supported herself.

According to the Farmers Almanac, the weather 32/25 degrees with no snow.

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Bottle of Red - Pat Myself on the Back

David Marshall | Posted on February 18th, 2011 at 2:36 pm   

Still proud of this page.

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