Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

May there be more TREATS than TRICKS in your jungle... and remember to stay out of The Deep Woods!
(From a greeting card I received from Friends of the Phantom's co-founder, "Pistol"Pete Klaus)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Antonio Lemos

Here's a beautiful illustration of The Phantom painted by Frew's cover artist Antonio Lemos.
Antonio just e-mailed it to me, along with some images of his other works.
Antonio's  talents as a portrait artist and cartoonist are excellent. However, his control of the acrylic medium, in my opinion, is one of his strongest points.
I hope I'll be able to collaborate with this great artist, in the near future.
For more information on Antonio Lemos, I would suggest reading an interview published (at this link) by the Chronicle Chamber website.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

Today is the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the new world.
While there are many opinions of Columbus in history today, there is still ample reason to recognize his courage, persistence, and unshakable convictions as well as his legacy as an explorer.
In celebrating Columbus Day in America, we honor how incredibly brave it was, for a man of the XV Century, to climb aboard a very small caravel and sail into the great unknown.
Above is the first page of a story on Christopher Columbus I drew back in 1990. The story was supposed to be published two years later, (1992) to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Marvel Super Hero Team-up

Just out from Marvel Comics: Marvel Super Hero Team-up, a new trade-paperback (TPB) which reprints, among others, one of my stories from Black Panther # 25 (published in December 2000) . The story, entitled "Passage" was written by Christopher Priest, inked by Bob Almond, colored by Steve Oliff and edited by Tom Brevoort. Marvel Super Hero Team-up can be purchased for US$ 18.99 on

Monday, October 5, 2009

Frew 1552

I have just received my advance-copy of The Phantom #1552, published by Frew , which features part 1 of 2 of "Hooded Justice".
Above is the cover image which was taken from page 33, panel 3. I regret I wasn't able to provide more "cover worthy" images on the inside pages of this issue, as I did in the past. This was one of those stories where "iconic" images of The Phantom were really few and far between.
I appreciated the nice comments written by Publisher Jim Shepherd in his editorial message. (Thank you, Jim!)  However, I'd like to take this opportunity to straighten up a few biographical details written in the editorial as follows:  I was born in Taranto, which is located in the Apulia (not Sicily) region of Italy. I also grew up and completed my academic studies in Italy (not in the United States) before moving to the U.S.
I hope the readers enjoy this issue as well as the following one, which will conclude, for a while, our expedition in the legendary world of  Robin Hood.
The original art of "Hooded Justice" part 1 is available for sale. For more details, please, visit my Art for Sale page.

The Phantom Miniseries Trailer

RHI Entertainment’s 21st century version of The Phantom is coming to the SyFy Channel as a mini-series, sometime in 2010.
The series will be starring Ryan Carnes, (as The Phantom) as well as Cas Anvar, Isabella Rossellini, Sandrine Holt , Cameron Goodman, Trevor Hayes, Robert Crooks, Ellen David, and will be directed by Paolo Barzman.
Following is the movie's first trailer, which was releases just a few days ago. Feel free to post your comments about this trailer, on this blog, since you won't be able to do so on RHI's YouTube  Channel.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Phantom's Sketch Card

Later this year, 5Finity Productions is releasing Moonstone Maximum, a sketch card series featuring most of the iconic characters from the Moonstone Books library of titles, including The Phantom, Sherlock Holmes, and Zorro.
Above, is my one-of-a-kind, hand drawn, autographed Phantom card.
My 2.5”x 3.5” card will be one of about twenty Maximum Rare Artist cards, preserved in a special sleeve with a hologram sticker, to be included in the 2,199 individually numbered packs.
The suggested retail price of each pack is $24.95.
The packs will be for sale via the 5Finity and Moonstone websites as well as the various retailers associated with Moonstone and/or its distributors.
Proceeds from this series will go to The March of Dimes Foundation.