Are There Famous Artists Anymore?

Before finding some small success as a cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz began his career as one of the instructors at the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis. But the greatest of correspondence courses for illustration and cartooning was The Famous Artists School in Wilton, Connecticut. Among its faculty was my favorite classic illustrator, Jon Whitcomb. As stated in the video, he specialized in drawing pretty girls, which is probably why he is my favorite classic illustrator.

As a kid I rode my bike countless times to buy comic books at a shopping center that was two miles away, in Wilton. As a teenager I came to realize what, and who, I had left behind by moving to Massachusetts. I had been living in the midst of many cartoonists and illustrators! With absolute certainty, I can say that if my family had remained in Norwalk, Connecticut, I would have pursued an art career, most likely starting as an assistant to an established cartoonist or comic book artist.

Spider-Men On Display

An exhibit of original Spider-Man comic book art is currently on display in New York. It’s only a mile from Steve Ditko’s office at 200 West 51st St., so is there any chance that the co-creator of Spidey will drop in and check out the display? It’s safe to say, absolutely not!

Inside the Greatest SPIDER-MAN Art Exhibit You’ll Ever See

The pages were provided by art dealer Mike “Romitaman” Burkey. I’ve done business with Mike in the past, and he is an honest and reputable dealer.

The ‘Publich’ Domain

James Warren ran a rather unique publishing company. He didn’t pay top dollar for top talent, and instead offered creative freedom that attracted some of the best artists working at the time to draw stories in Creepy, Eerie, Blazing Combat and, later, Vampirella. The contributors included Frank Frazetta, who was painting covers for Warren during the period he was also creating his famous Conan the Barbarian covers for Lancer.

Creepy #7, 1965, cover painting by Frank Frazetta

Somebody must think that the Warren catalog is in the public domain, because there’s a scanned archive of many Warren magazines available at this link on

Issue #7 includes this concise Frazetta biography. I replaced the fan art on the page with the cover of Creepy #4.

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