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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Al Williamson (March 21, 1931 - June 13, 2010)
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book Artists




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Al Williamson

March 21, 1931 - June 13, 2010 

Above: Probably the best known of Al Williamson's early photos in the industry. 

At The Top Left: During Al's EC Days - His pencil art to the cover of Weird Fantasy #18 from March / April of 1953 with inks by Al Feldstein!

At The Middle Left: During Al's Tower Comics Days - His pencil art to the cover of THUNDER Agents #10 with inks by Wally Wood from November of 1966!

At the Bottom Left: Al's pencil art to the cover of Blade Runner #1 with inks by Carlos Garzon from Marvel Comics!

Below: The photo shows some of the EC gang at a panel from a con in 1972, which is the first year I started selling as a comic book dealer at a con. Missed several great panels like this one due to manning my table... 



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TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3164:

Yesterday I mentioned that I wanted to go back to blogging review blogs on publications that had come in.

Unfortunately after posting yesterday's blog, I found out about the passing of Al Williamson, a comic books great.

So today it seems that I once again am blogging about another person who has passed away this year, after influencing so many current artists, and also having won new comics readers during several of the 'Ages of Comics' with his pencils and / or inks... 

Al Williamson passed away on Sunday, June 13th.   He was 79 years of age.

I'll let the entry on him in Wikipedia give you his early history and how and what he did in comics.

Here's the link to the 1,355 listings in the Grand Comics Database, (GCD) that you can go to and enjoy the massive amount of works that he produced in comics during his long career.

In case there are any missing in the above reference source, here's a link to the Comic Book Data Base.

You'll see at the top left of this blog, three comic book covers that I chose that Al Williamson penciled.  That's because even though he is mostly known now for his great inking skills, he was also a penciler during his career.

I chose the Weird Fantasy #18 from 1953, because it reminded me of the 'Star Wars' comics he was involved in for Marvel.  Great detail in 1953, which carried over to the 1980's for Star Wars.

The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #10 was during my formative years reading comics.  I was only a young teenager at the time when Tower Comics was publishing.  The cover was inked by Wally Wood, so you'll see a lot of the Wood style on that cover.

The third cover is the one that Al penciled for the movie comic book adaptation of 'Blade Runner' for Marvel Comics.  Probably one of my favorites of Al's later works.

I chose the above covers because they showed Al's pencil artwork.  However for interior pages of actual issues, I mainly have read a lot of Al's western works for Atlas Comics. I found to those to be some of my favorite works of his during his long career. I didn't see a cover to choose from from that period of time to post here.

Although I have not mentioned Al Williamson in this blog very often, he was truly one of the All-Time Greats in this industry.

His craftsmanship will be missed...

I have thanked Al before for his works; he was a guest of honor at the San Diego Comic Con since at least 1984 and was a repeat guest during the years since then.  Those photos from those earlier years are not yet scanned and thus not available for blogging purposes.

I want to add my thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our earlier archived blog posts, now numbering over 3,160 in number. I urge you to check out comic cons and introduce yourself to these comic greats at panels, programs, and even their tables or booths at a comic convention near you. I am so grateful that I've had the opportunity to do so during the years.  Sad to say, I've had to blog about the passing of several already this year.  Don't YOU miss out on talking with your favorite comic book writers and illustrators...

~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com

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I mentioned in the above 'Main Feature' today that YOU should check out comics greats in panels, programs and their own tables at comic conventions.

I want to also mention that YOU should check out panels that feature those that have been either reporting on comics or published fanzines or other publications during the 'fan years of comics'! Above is a panel from the 2001 Comic Con International in San Diego on fanzines. Left to right, moderator (name n/a), Maggie Thompson, Mike Vosburg, James Van Hise, and Fred Patten. Not shown but also there to the right were: Camille Cazedessus, Gary Brown, and Paul Levitz!

My thanks to those of YOU that have read today's blog post! I do appreciate that, whether YOU are a First Timer here, or a regular reader of this Blog!

For those of you that didn't know me before today...I first set up as a 'dealer' at the 1972 San Diego West Coast Comic Con (SDCC) at the El Cortez Hotel. So I've been around comic conventions for a little while, LOL 

My wife Tina and I now have an on-line exhibitor (dealer) table at the first "virtual" comic con titled the "Facebook Comic Con" (FBCC)!

You can view our dealer table and interact with us there on Facebook by clicking this link, which takes you to our table named: 'Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing'. 

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Talking about comics: if YOU are a comics creator, (writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, etc.), OR even a Comics / Magazine Publisher, feel free to contact me regarding YOUR works for a possible mention / review.

I'm always ready to be knocked over into a great storyline!

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~Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com


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