Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Princess Diana and Mary Jane: Some Recent Commissioned Drawings

Wonder Woman and Spidey's Girl Friend are among the subjects of several recent commissions (a couple below are older and may have been posted before, but well worth revisiting).

For some reason I never warmed up to Harry G. Peter's original version of Wonder Woman; like Steve Ditko on Spider-Man, I grew up on a different, later version of the character, and it is only in maturity that I see the originality in their respect versions. I also have come to appreciate that Peter was attempting to do a kind of classical antiquity thing with the drawing, aping Greek figure vases by way of early twentieth century pulp illustration. I also like the early Wonder Woman's mid-thigh-length pants, which have recently come back into style as biker shorts or yoga tights (I never cared for the Linda Carter high-cut thigh look, personally).

Anyway, below are a few recent drawings along those lines, along with some other characters that are obviously not owned by me.

Wonder Woman repels the Cheetah, in a homage to an early H. G. Peter splash page.

Princess Diana takes a jog in the high-heel boots that become more or less standard early in her career.

Wonder Woman in her Art Deco hairstyle and Neo Grec ribboned sandals.

Apropos of nothing, a topless Mary Jane Watson and Spidey (pencil rough).

Spidey defends (pointlessly) Mary Jane's modesty; inked on vellum.

Wonder Woman in the more classic panty bottoms, but losing her fine featherd bustier, which chooses to fly the coop. Wonder Woman is the property of whatever corporate interests own Hollywood at the moment, but Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Inked version in pen and ink on Strathmore. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Watercolor version. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Megaton Man as the sidekick and Stella Starlight as the Captain in a sketchbook commission. Megaton Man™ and Stella Starlight™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

For more racy (or at least weird) convention sketches from the past, proceed to the previous blog post.

Please consult my Commission Price List and contact me if you are interested in acquiring an original custom drawing for your private gallery!

Deviant Don: Creaturely Commissions from the Empowering Eighties!

Here are a couple of convention sketch commissions I created in 1989-1990 for cartooning connoisseur and former longtime Comics Buyer's Guide columnist Kim Metzger, who has a passion for what he calls "transformations" (a term I was unfamiliar with) - in this case, female media personalities turned into hybrid animal creatures. This is definitely a very minor part of my oeuvre - I can't recall more than a few other "furry" type commissions at shows over the years, among hundreds of PG con sketches of my own characters (Megaton Man, Border Worlds, Bizarre Heroes) and other mainstream superheroes.

Mr. Metzger's sometimes requests became legendary at conventions like the old Chicago Comicon and Mid-Ohio Con, and many artists felt uncomfortable and even refused them; but I'm glad to see at least the best of his collection curated on a very nice Kim Metzger Deviant Art Page.

Former Miss America Diane Sawyer as a lizard, colored by another artist (I think they may have added the tongue and sound effect, too, since it does not appear to be my work) for collector Kim Metzger.

Material Girl Madonna Ciccone as a feline (gripping her tail suggestively), for Kim Metzger.
For collectors and would-be collectors of original Don Simpson art wishing to see just how far I will go, you may get some idea by visiting the Anton Drek DeviantArt Gallery for slightly censored sexually explicit content, and more directly, the Anton Drek Blog - WARNING! SERIOUSLY MATURE ADULT XXX SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT - (although honestly, I don't know why people always confuse my work with that guy; there isn't any similarity between our respective styles at all that I can see!).

Please refer to my Commission Price List, and please remember: requests beyond garden-variety PG are never embarrassing, but you'll pay through the nose, and I reserve the right to turn down any request for any reason whatsoever.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Updated Don Simpson Megaton Man Checklist 2018

The Simpson Scholarship of Steve Replogle
Megaton Man completist Steve Replogle recently contacted me requesting information on compiling a complete and exhaustive list of every single Megaton Man comic book appearance of the past three decades, so as to organize his own collection. Then he proceeded to compile his own concordance! Herewith are Steve's labors so far, cut and pasted from actual emails! Can you help Steve (and me) with any missing data?! Comment below so that the Complete and Exhaustive List of Megaton Man Comic Book Appearance can live forever online! -- Don Simpson.

An example of the late 90s Megaton Man Weekly Serial

Dear Don,
I was lucky enough to be have the very first Megaton Man issue recommended to me by my comic shop guy, lo those many moons ago - and I continue to be a great fan of your work. I am very excited to see your new Border Worlds and Megaton Man material come to fruition.

In anticipation, I have begun currently reorganizing my collection. Sooooo.... I am wondering if there a listing or concordance of the various Megaton Man/Fiascoverse titles, giving their proper and correct order. Is it mostly chronological? I will refer to each comic's indicia, of course, and maybe also use - if you think that is correct. Just wondering if there are other resources out there.
Thanks, and bets of luck -
Steve Replogle

Steve Replogle
Hey Don,

I have found the information I was looking for, mostly from your blog. This is what I have:

1. Megaton Man (Kitchen Sink, November 1984-June 1986), 10 issues
2. The Return of Megaton Man (Kitchen Sink, July-September 1988), 3 issues
3. Megaton Man Meets the Uncategorizable X+Thems #1 (Kitchen Sink, April 1989)
4. Yarn Man #1 (Kitchen Sink, October 1989)
5. Bizarre Heroes #1 (Kitchen Sink, May 1990)
6. Pteranoman #1 (Kitchen Sink, August 1990)
7. Savage Dragon vs. The Savage Megaton Man #1 (Image, March 1993)
8. The normalman/Megaton Man Special (Image, June 1994)
9. Don Simpson's Bizarre Heroes #0–8 (Fiasco Comics, May-December 1994) and then Bizarre Heroes #9–17 (Fiasco Comics, February 1995-July, 1996) The final two issues (#16 and #17) are alternately titled Megaton Man vs. Forbidden Frankenstein #1 and Megaton Man #0
10. Megaton Man: Hardcopy #1 & 2 (Image, 1999)
11. Megaton Man: Bombshell #1 (Image, 1999)

Further appearances:
Megaton Man Daily Reruns (some episodes reprinted or repurposed into Hardcopy and Bombshell)
Asylum (reprinted and purposed)
Megaton Man blog: The Atomic Aftermath (and more)
Red Anvil Comics' War of the Independents #1 (2013) and #4 (2014)
CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 ("Megaton Man and the Liberty Alliance in: ''Columbia Rising!''")

And there have been other cameo appearances, too - I think I remember a cameo in 1963 #6.
Well, it will take me a while to catalog or properly list or weed through the "further appearances." In the meantime, thanks!

Hi Steve,
Yes, I think except for a few stray pin-ups and previews (Spirit #8), you have the main works. The Weekly Serials that weren't reprinted in the three Image issues (Hardcopy and Bombshell) ran in the Savage Dragon, something like the #50s through the #80s. Toward the end I skipped a few issues here and there.
I've been working on more so save some space in your collection.
Thanks for this list; I should probably post it, if you don't mind.

Hi again, Don -
Here as promised (or kind of promised) are the rest of my notes on Megaton Man's publishing history. As you'll see, there are lots of gaps and missing bits. Maybe this will help you, or maybe you already have your own much-more-complete chronology somewhere. I hope so.

I guess I am showing my own regressive Marvel genes by sifting through this information with such fan-boy enthusiasm! It takes me back to the days when I was trying to figure out what happened before (and after) Captain America guest-starred in Daredevil #43. Your Fiascoverse is really fun in this way, with all the various #1 issues, crossovers, back-up appearances, and online episodes.

Well, if you do have your own "master list," I'd love to see it! But not as much as the new Megaton Man pages you're working on - that's the real stuff.
Best wishes,

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Further Frenzied and Fanatical Footnoting for Megaton Man

The Megaton Man Weekly Serial is now only available as Don Simpson's Megaton Man Daily Reruns at It offers an Archives page that lists episodes 1 - 103 with titles, but not later episodes.

Publication dates given below are from the

1. Hardcopy #1, February 1999
Contains online episodes 1 - 55

2. Hardcopy #2, April 1999 
Pages 1 - 9: Megaton Man Weekly Serial episodes 56-71
Pages 10 - 12: three new pages of Gower Goose's radio show comic strips
Pages 13 - 22a: Megaton Man Weekly Serial episodes 72-89
Pages 22b - 28: new material

3. Bombshell #1, July 1999
Collects Asylum features new material.

4. Savage Dragon Back-ups (Erik Larsen, Image Comics)  lists the following issues of Savage Dragon as having Megaton Man back-ups: 52, 54, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 73, 80, 86, 87. But wait! This incorrectly excludes at least some Megaton Man appearances. I know for sure that it's missing at least SD 56, 76, 77, 78, 79.

I've verified a few of the episode numbers for the back-ups listed below, but most are not listed at Daily Reruns archive. I haven't found any online resources either, so I just had to go by what I found after poking around at my local comic shop! Oh, the irony! Anyway, that's how I also found out the CBDB had made some mistakes.

Finally, I've added the "next issue tag lines" given at the end (or fourth episode) of almost every SD excerpt I could find, because it seems that may be related to the title of the one of the next issue's episodes.

Okay, then...

Savage Dragon (possibly #49 or #51?) (Episodes 90 - 93... or are these possibly not reprinted anywhere?)
#52, August 1998 - (presumably episodes 94, 95, 96, 97?)
#54, October 1998 - (presumably episodes 98, 99, 100, 101?)
#55, November 1998 - Episodes 102, 103 (and presumably 104, 105?)
#56, December 1998 - not noted by CBDB, but verified at my local comic shop!
#58, February 1999 
#60, April 1999
#61, May 1999 
#62, June 1999 
#63, June 1999 
#64, July 1999 
#65, August 1999 - (Next issue tag: Batter Up!)
#66, August 1999 
#67, September 1999 
#73, March 2000 
#76, June 2000 - this issue not noted by CBDB
#77, July 2000 - (Next issue tag: Bombs Away!) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#78, August 2000 - (Next issue tag: Wings of Desire) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#79, September 2000 - (Next issue tag: The Ol' Switcheroo!) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#80, October 2000 - (Next issue tag: Unmasked, Unleashed!)
#86, April 2001 - (Next issue tag : Megs Cops Out)
#87, May 2001 - ?

5. Asylum
These excerpts re-present material from Megaton Man: Bombshell #1
#7 (August 1996)  - "Megaton Man vs. Unleash"
#8 (September 1996) - "Megaton Man vs. Bombshell" 
#11 (Jan/Feb 1997) - "After Megaton Man"

6. The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual, October 2010
Megaton Man and the Liberty Alliance in: ''Columbia Rising!''

7. One-Pagers

These were originally printed in Hero Illustrated, a magazine about comics. I'm not sure how many MM appearances there were, but three were reprinted in The Apocalypse Affiliation trade paperback.
A. The Blue Web
B. YarnBlood
C. Untitled (MM relaxing by the pool with Stella and Yarn Man)

8. Graphic Novel Collections
Megaton Man: Volume I (Princeton WI: Kitchen Sink Press, 1990). Collects Megaton Man #1-4 in black and white, with alternate covers and minor art variations.

Don Simpson’s Megaton Man, introduction by Al Franken (New York: ibooks/Simon & Schuster, 2004). Reprints Megaton Man #1-5 in color, with recolored covers and newly colored inside covers and additional material.

Bizarre Heroes: The Apocalypse Affiliation (Pittsburgh: Fiasco Comics, Inc., 1995). Reprints Don Simpson's Bizarre Heroes #1-5, with additional material.

Border Worlds (Mineola NY: Dover Publications Inc., 2017). Reprints Border Worlds #1-7 and Border Worlds: Marooned #1, with a new 30-page conclusion.
Splitting Image 80-Page Giant (featuring normalman vs. Megaton Man with Jim Valentino, Larry Marder, Bob Burden, et al) (Berkeley: Image Comics, 2017). Reprints Splitting Image #1-2 and The normalman vs. Megaton Man Special.
Megaton Man: Return to Megatropolis (completed spring 2016; coloring in production). Original material. No publication plans as of spring 2018.

Anyone with further info, please comment! I'm too busy drawing new stuff! Best, Don

This is an update of a 2016 blog post compiled by Steve Replogle!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Three Rivers Comic Con Sketches

The third Three Rivers Comic Con was a great time, with a critical mass of guest artists and a lot of fans looking for original art and sketches. This is most of my output for the two-day show (May 19-20).The sketches on 3RCC sketch paper (carefully selected by New Dimension Coimcs' Jon Engel) and the Wasteland covers were created for the charity auction; the others were for collectors, except the 11" x 14" Megaton Man pencil, which is unclaimed. (Sketch and commission price information can be gleaned elsewhere on this blog! Email me.) More convention sketches and other pieces of original comic art collected by fans at Comic Art Fans!
Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.
The Slick™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Ms. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Ms. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Ms. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

The Black Fury for the Old Guys Who Like Old Comic Books. © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

The Slick™ and Ms. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.
Wireless Man™  and Wireless Woman™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Wendy Whitebread™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Commission Artwork Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Don Simpson Commission Artwork Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Update: I've been drawing comic book convention sketches and commissioned art pieces for fans and collectors since 1984, and most of these can be found on the internet (there are almost as many Don Simpson drawings of Spider-Man, a character I've never drawn professionally, as there are of Megaton Man, my most famous creation!). Some of the better examples can be found on the Comic Art Fans website and on my Donald Simpson Facebook page.

As convention season rolls around again in 2018, I look forward to crafting at least a few more (I'm planning on 3 Rivers Comic Con in Pittsburgh May 19-20, 2018 and NEO Comic Con in Northeast Ohio August 19, 2018). If you are planning on attending one of those shows, it's always a good idea to make your commission/sketch request ahead of time, and if you're NOT going to be anywhere near a show this summer, you can still purchase a piece of Don Simpson art with your favorite character via post!

I am particularly grateful for the commissions and freelance assignments I have received since the spring of 2014, when more than a decade of college finally came to an end (I now consider myself a "recovering academic")! Thanks again for your support, and help me pay back my student loans!! -- Dr. Donald E. Simpson, PhD

Don Simpson Commission Art Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Email me what you have in mind and budget: donaldsimpson1713 - at - gmail - dot - com.

Collector commissions are so unique and personal that any price list attempting to be comprehensive quickly becomes impossibly unwieldy. Recently, I have created several commissions in the neighborhood of $200-$500, for single character pin-ups in ink to multiple characters in cover-like compositions. A number of factors, including complexity, number of characters, background, medium (pencil, ink, watercolor, color pencil), subject matter, etc., and good old-fashion availability and schedule affect this price of a given commission.

Generally, a commission consists of a full-figure drawing of a character in pencil or ink. I don't have separate pricing for "head shots," "torso up," or other configurations, as do other artists. I don't use markers or anything impermanent or that will fade or discolor over time; I use only the finest archival materials! (An exception to this is some of the non-commission preliminary layout work I do professionally as an illustrator, and occasionally in person for sketching at conventions.)

(I also have not done very many "sketch cards" or blank variant sketch covers-- but please inquire!)

Drawing a sketch in your sketchbook obviously entails additional shipping and logistics.

What follows is only the most basic ballpark of price lists:

My characters/creations (including Megaton Man, Bizarre Heroes, Border Worlds, "In Pictopia," etc.)

Basic 11" x 14" Strathmore 400 Drawing or Bristol, pen/brush and India ink: $200 on up.

Display 14" x 17" or 12" x 18" Strathmore 400 drawing or Bristol, pen/brush and India ink: $500 on up.

Color pencil on Strathmore Toned Grey, 9" x 12": $200 on up.

Other media may be available; please inquire.

Particularly complex or detailed characters such as Megaton Man, Yarn Man, and Jenny Woodlore in her textured spacesuit are more involving and labor-intensive, and may be priced 25%-50% more.

Number of characters, backgrounds, color, etc. will influence pricing.

Postage: add $20 to cover packaging and shipping via USPS First Class in the US. (Special shipping instructions may involve additional fee.)

"Special Requests" (and what isn't a "special request" in a custom-made commission)?!):

Popular characters that are not mine (straight or parody): Since I am drastically limited in the ways that I can publicize and exploit images of characters that are not my own creation (and not under my trademark or copyright), I generally charge 25% more, on up.

Requests likely to antagonize copyright holders legally, morally, or otherwise will not be considered.

Frontal Nudity/Explicit Erotica: Ordinarily, I will NOT draw my mainstream characters (Megaton Man, Bizarre Heroes), or other popular characters that are not mine, completely or partially nude or in compromising sexual or suggestive situations. I reserve the right to turn down any request I find objectionable for any reason. Please inquire if you have any questions.

Border Worlds, a "Mature Readers"/"Adult" title, is a different matter; many requests are subject to ordinary pricing, but commissions involving nudity or eroticism begin at 150% of the above prices, and may be turned down for any reason. Please inquire.

Commissions for Anton Drek characters (Wendy Whitebread, Forbidden Frankenstein, et al, signed using the pseudonym "Anton Drek") involving nudity or graphically explicit situations begin at 150% (mild nudity) to 200% (graphically explicit), on up. Please inquire.

Please note: I reserve the right to turn down any request I find objectionable for any reason.

Approval: For many commissions involving ink and/or coloring, I am able to email a preliminary sketch or pencil version to make sure it the buyer's expectations before finalizing the art.

Payment: check is preferred (mailing instructions will be provided); Paypal fees must cover the price of the art and shipping fee, plus 2.9% of the total + .30 (30 cents) per transaction. Please don't try to scam Paypal by claiming you are "family!"

The Paypal Fee Calculator is a handy online tool for estimating total prices.

This list does not cover everything by a long shot, so you'll just have to contact me!

Go for it: Describe your commission request to me at donaldsimpson1713 - at - gmail - dot - com and please be as detailed as you can. I will respond as promptly as possible. Thanks!

Update 2017: Some recent convention sketches and commissions have been colored pencil on grey or tan paper:

More traditional pen and ink commissions are below:

Pen and ink, private commission for Brian Cremins, presented to Harlan Ellison in 2015. Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel are ™ and © DC.

Pen and ink, private commission for James Hall, 2015. Dracula's Daughter is ™ and © Don Simpson, all rights reserved. Mr. Monster is ™ and © Michael T. Gilbert, all rights reserved.

Pen and ink, private commission for Flavio Pessanha, 2015. In Pictopia is ™ and © Alan Moore and Donald Simpson, all rights reserved.
 Blank cover variants (you supply):

A recent commission for a blank cover variant! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more recent commissions.)
Characters created by Don Simpson are ™ and © Don Simpson, all rights reserved; the artist exclusively retains all rights to reproduce commissioned artwork in any medium whatsoever without limitation. Ownership of physical artwork by collectors does not include any right to reproduce or exploit such copyrighted images without express written permission of the artist.

All other characters are ™ and © their respective owners.

More commission examples here!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Everything and the Kitchen Sink Too! A New Commissioned Piece

Here is a pen-and-ink and watercolor commission on 14" x 17" Strathmore 400 Drawing for Los Angelino Greg Reed, showing Megaton Man, Stella Starlight, and their love child Simon Phloog at home in Ann Arbor (around the era of Return of Megaton Man #3, 1988).

Megaton Man struggles with a jar of mayonnaise in this domestic genre scene!
If you are interested in an original Don Simpson work of art, please check out the Commission Price List!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Few Don Simpson Links (In Case You Are Curious)

Here are a few links to get you started:

Don Simpson Commissioned Art Price List
For one-of-a-kind works of cartoon art, including a gallery of recent pieces I've created for fans, collectors, and connoisseurs!

A Pictopia to Call One's Own: Independent Worlds vs. Corporate Crossovers
Video of my pseudo-scholarly presentation on team-ups and my own work such as Megaton Man and just-completed War of the Independents #4, featuring Bone, Cerebus, Flaming Carrot, Zippy the Pinhead, and a host of other indy characters, along with The Tick and Megaton Man in a cameo.

How Megaton Man Has Evolved In Thirty Years and Why I'm Still Drawing It/Him
Some notes on the Megaton Man meta-narrative and my work-in-progress graphic novel planned for 2016-2017.

Whatever Happened to Megaton Man #11, or, The Limits of Creator-Owned Comics
Some of the obstacles to the development of the Megaton Man narrative that I've had to struggle to overcome over the years, along with some hindsight insights.

The Clarissa Project: The Secret Development of Ms. Megaton Man!
The origins and thirty-year history of the break-out character featured in the new storyline.

Atomic Aftermath I: The Serial Continues...
Previews of the new graphic novel continuity.

Click around on all my blogs...there's more where that came from! Thanks.