Friday, 23 February 2018

underworld grotesque

I must confess: I was not in the mood for pulp tonight, so this collage--with the possible exception of the two men fighting in lower right--is not pulp. I'll get back to pulp later this weekend, I promise.

Upper left by Otto Dix. Upper right by George Scholz. Middle right by George Grosz.

The Mighty Crime Wave

Thursday, 22 February 2018

THEME: pulp >>> crime

I had a hard time coming up with a title for this one, because this pulp genre includes mysteries, thrillers, detective stories, true crime, suspense, police procedural, the mob, and a number of other weird categories involving murder and mayhem. I chose "crime" as the closest to an all-embracing rubric. But be assured, this is a broad theme that doesn't even have to include a murder—just some sort of crime or criminal(s). Comic books in this genre had titles like "Strange Suspense Stories," "Crime Smashers," "Murder Incorporated," "Crime and Justice," "Crime Does Not Pay," "Crime Must Pay the Penalty," "Scotland Yard," "Law Breakers," "Public Defender in Action," "Badge of Justice," "Racket Squad," "Underworld," and simply, "Danger." I think you get the picture.... Have fun!

This will be the last of the four pulp genres I decided to explore this month. There are more: horror, men's adventure (don't ask), war (bleah), jungle, and so on. But since next week we enter the month of March, I figure that would be a good time to return to our usual mode of all kinds of mixed-up arcane themes. That is, if you guys don't mind my doing another month of themes.... please lemme know!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


From the archives - first one from my series "Homestories" from 2013

Tom Mix

Sorry, another from the archive. Will try and make a new one for the next theme.