So some good news and bad news. The bad news is that CHAMPION! Magazine, one of the most fun publications I've ever been associated with, is no more. I'll never get to do those "Commission: Impossible" installments I was planning: "Unicron Vs. Galactus"; "Bond vs. Bond"; "Robocop: Gotham Central"; or my favorite "Dead Men and Breaking Dead", where AMC decides to boost its ratings by putting zombies into every one of their other shows. I was really looking forward to drawing the executives of Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce fighting off a horde of walking dead with samurai swords and a John Deere lawnmower.
But now that it's toast, the good news is my editor has given me the very kind permission to share everything I ever did for the mag online. So merry Christmas.
First up, "Tales of the Inglourious Basterds". The idea with this was to do a tarantino spinoff comic in the style of Garth Ennis's and Carlos Ezquerra's goofier, bawdier war comics (like the brilliant ADVENTURES IN THE RIFLE BRIGADE series). I figured a logical plot would be a prequel where the Basterds try to whack Mussolini during the (very real) "Gran Sasso Raid" where the Nazis rescued him from captivity. As silly as the above page is, I put a ton of research into the actual event to get the details right- the architecture of the Gran Sasso hotel, what Mussolini was wearing, the type of plane that was used, etc. Making it look like the real event made the Basterds' crashing it all the funnier (at least to me).
Check out page 2 right here!