I have a handful of hobbies that mean a lot to me - from an early age, reading, and music (drums at first), and drawing were all important pastimes.
The other day I found an old workbook dated from when I was eight years old. It was an A to Z of animals, mostly pictures cut and pasted and then colored by me, with a sentence for each.
But on the blank pages left over after the assignment, I'd added my own material:
First it was Batman, picture above. An early favorite of mine.
And then it was the Universal Monsters, each with their own page and sort of a mini-comic above each one, showing a sequence of transformation. So, this might be my first effort at a comic (or the oldest surviving material, anyway).
Looks like I couldn't figure out Frankenstein's mini comic so scribbled it out.
It occurs to me after the fact that I might have drawn these monsters later, and may have been older than eight. Just used some blank pages to satisfy my drawing urge. I have no way of clarifying exactly when these monster pics were drawn.
I'm not sure how I knew about the Universal monsters at such a young age. They had cameos on some of the cartoons of the time - maybe that was their intro into my life. At some point I was a big fan of the book collection that told the stories of the movies, along with a bunch of pictures from the classic films. I knew those very well, years before seeing the movies.
The final picture, on the inside back cover of the workbook, is some kind of comic but I'm unclear on what's supposed to be happening there. This looks VERY similar to the working and planning pages I do these days!
Ah, baby Banes! Where'd you go? There's just this withered old husk left, now.
Have you got any early artwork of yours kicking around?
See you next time!
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Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 7, 2023
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