June 21, 2022

In a perfect world, The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum would be out tomorrow.

Well, the world isn't perfect, and due to supply chain problems, the book is delayed. I can't say for how long, just that it'll get here when it gets here. Hopefully, we're only talking about weeks.

Until then, there's a preview of it up at the TwoMorrows site. To see it, head on over to: https://tinyurl.com/2p8w7zve

(Clicking on the picture takes you there, too!)



May 13, 2022

Four months from today, on September 13th, 2022, my next big project goes on sale!




Tall Tales, Fairy Tales, and Bedtime Stories (For Former Children) is a storybook for adults who grew up on Harry Potter, Goosebumps, and Bone and are nostalgic for the tales of their youth. Written in a traditional storytelling style, the ten episodes within cover topic matter of interest to adults in a format reminiscent of their childhood stories. It's a synthesis of old and new, aimed at people who have grown up but who haven't grown old. Ghosts, graverobbers, aliens, astronauts, witches, and tooth fairies are some of the characters found in the collection designed to appeal to the young at heart, but written for those old enough to drink.

Here's the full version of the quote that appears on the cover:

"These witty fantasy stories kept me turning pages, wondering what could possibly happen next. I also laughed out loud! Very entertaining." – R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps books

Pretty cool, huh? I guess he'd know what his former readers might like.

(Contains mild language. Not for kids -- they'd probably find the grown-up situations boring, anyway.)



March 4, 2022

This is the fourth (and final... for now) sneak peek at the contents of The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum, coming in June 2022 from TwoMorrows Publishing! The last major project of Dave's life was T.H.U.G.S.. Here's how he described it:

"T.H.U.G.S. is an acronym, stands for Tough, Huge, Ugly, GoonS. It's about a repo agency that uses five monsters -- Thrasher, Basher, Slasher, Sungili and Bruce -- for their repo men. They work for a petite blonde named Lucrezia Louise Pillage ( and don't call her Lulu) of whom they are constantly intimated. The big problem is that they'll totally demolish a house in order to repossess a TV set. It drives Lulu crazy. These guys were like her uncles when she was growing up, and she loves them dearly -- but they're ruining her business. There's a lot of loud and obnoxious, socially inacceptable fun."



Dave put a lot of thought and work into it, and had high hopes for the property. His wish was that it would be another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with toys, games, cartoons, etc..

Unfortunately, only one issue was ever published. It was an independent, black and white comic given away for free in Deming, New Mexico by Mojo Pop Comics back in 2003. It has to be the rarest Dave Cockrum comic out there (not counting fanzines). Most people have never heard of it; there are a few copies available on eBay, and the seller is asking for a hundred bucks each.

The picture you see here is the original, unused cover. For the published comic, Dave went with a more action-oriented image.



February 18, 2022

This is the third sneak peek at the contents of The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum, coming in June 2022 from TwoMorrows Publishing! Back when Dave was working for Marvel in the '70s, he had an idea for an all-female group of super-heroes which would've included Moonfang. Here's what he said in The Unseen Art of Dave Cockrum (1993):



"Moonfang was to be a member of a new team I pitched to Jim Shooter (then editor-in-chief at Marvel) for a limited series entitled The Furies, which would group several existing female characters: Storm, Clea, Tigra, Moonfang, and Dragonfly (the red-skinned bug-lady from the Ani-Men, last seen in Uncanny X-Men # 95). Jim gave me the go-ahead, but I never found the time to develop the plot."



February 12, 2022

Like I said a few weeks ago, I have a few projects coming out in 2022. This is one of them: an anthology with an original premise and plenty of contributors! Edited by Peter David, this is the third time in my career I find myself in the position of being edited by someone whom I've interviewed in the past. (Roy Thomas and Mark Waid are the others.)



There's a Kickstarter to help cover some of the costs, which can be found here. If you're still on the fence, try reading the back cover to see if that helps you make up your mind!





February 7, 2022

This is the second sneak peek at the contents of The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum, coming in June 2022 from TwoMorrows Publishing! From the pages of Star-Studded Comics # 15, all the way back in 1969, shown here for the first time in COLOR, the first published appearance of Hammerhand & Miss (later Ms.) Mercury!





January 25, 2022

It's been over a week since The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum has been announced, and I figure the best way to keep the ball rolling is to gradually reveal some of the things that you'll find inside! So every so often I'll be posting a sneak peek of Dave's art from inside the book. It'll range from hardly seen to rarely seen to never seen, and here's the first selection: Werehawk from The Futurians!





January 18, 2022

When you're a writer, your published output doesn't necessarily reflect your work schedule. A year can go by with barely a peep, and then a flood of material comes out that's been gestating for a while. I had multiple things published in 2020; 2021, by comparison, was very quiet.

2022, on the other hand, will be a year with multiple projects released, the first of which I can now officially announce!


THE LIFE AND ART OF DAVE COCKRUM

160-page FULL-COLOR Trade Paperback - by GLEN CADIGAN

From the letters pages of Silver Age comics to his 2021 induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, the career of Dave Cockrum started at the bottom and then rose to the top of the comic book industry. Beginning with his childhood obsession with comics and continuing through his years in the Navy, The Life and Art of Dave Cockrum follows the rising star from fandom (where he was one of the “Big Three” fanzine artists) to pro-dom, where he helped revive two struggling comic book franchises: The Legion of Super-Heroes and the X-Men. A prolific costume designer and character creator, his redesigns of the Legion and his introduction of X-Men characters Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Thunderbird (plus his design of Wolverine’s alter ego, Logan) laid the foundation for both titles to become best-sellers. His later work on his own property, The Futurians, as well as childhood favorite Blackhawk and T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents, plus his five years on Soulsearchers and Company, cemented his position as an industry giant. Featuring artwork from fanzines, unused character designs, and other rare material, this is the comprehensive biography of the legendary comic book artist whose influence is still felt on the industry today!

It also comes in a limited edition hardcover of 500 copies. And did I forget to mention that it'll have an introduction written by Alex Ross? On sale June, 2022!



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