I have just received the sad news that Ed Rhoades passed away, today, as the result of a bicycling accident. (See the news report from WNEP Channel 16 in Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Ed Rhoades was a great family man, musician, art teacher, a longtime Phantom fan, and friend of Lee Falk, Sy Barry and several other Phantom creators, editors, and fellow-fans all over the world.
Rhoades was editor and publisher of the newsletter for the Phantom fan club Friends of the Phantom. He has also contributed Phantom-related articles and interviews for several other publications. In addition, Rhoades was integral to the making of the A&E "The Phantom: Comic Book Crusader" special, created for the A&E Biography series in 2000.
As of 2006, Rhoades was a consultant for Moonstone Books and contributed articles under the title "Behind the Mask". Rhoades also co-wrote a story with Mike Bullock for the prose anthology The Phantom Chronicles.
My deepest condolences go to Ed's wife Kimberly and all the Rhoades family. Rest in Peace, Ed.
I've just posted on Ebay four auctions for original pencil art.
These pages were published in 2011 by Guardian Media
Entertainment, LLC in cooperation with the NHL (National Hockey League) as part
of “The Guardian Project,” an initiative
to promote each of the 30 NHL teams with their own Super-heroic mascot.
concepts were created by Stan "The Man" Lee. (Legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics) All
story were scripted by Chuck Dixon (Punisher, Moon Knight, Conan the Barbarian)
You can access all four auctions if you click here
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Here are a logo and one of the illustrations I created (along with colorist Travis Walton) for the March 2012 issue of The New Era, a magazine for youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
My illustrations are part of the Cover-featured article "Be a Defender of the Family" To download a PDF version of the article, click here.
Here's a sneak-peek at the cover of "Valley of the Apes," the issue I've just finished illustrating.
I think you'll like the story quite a bit; it was written by Tony DePaul and gave me the chance to draw The Phantom, in his costume , much more than I've ever done before.
As a wish you all a happy 2012, I'd like to offer a quick look back at 2011, and all the political cartoons I drew for MittFitts!
With the help of my daughter, Daniela, we have put together a video montage for YouTube. Enjoy!
This is the place where you will periodically find a variety of news, artwork previews, and commentary pertaining my work on Lee Falk's "The Phantom." (Currently published by Egmont in Norway and Sweden; Frew in Australia and New Zealand and Hermes Press in the United States and Canada) Other projects will also be spotlighted whenever they become news-worthy. Feel free to subscribe to this blog, write comments and offer suggestions. Come back soon!
I have been a professional illustrator for a quarter of a century.
I have been privileged of working for major comic book publishers (DC, Marvel) as well as many independent ones. (Valiant-Acclaim, Cross Gen, Continuity, Penny-Farthing Press, etc.)
My Current work includes illustrating a monthly feature for THE FRIEND magazine (published by THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS and translated in 36 languages) as well as an all-time comic classic, THE PHANTOM. (Published by EGMONT in Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as FREW in Australia)