And, wishing a very Happy Birthday to Comic Book Artist/Illustrator Michael T. Gilbert, also today! born May 7, 1951). Michael's first work appeared in 1973 in New Paltz Comix. Three years later his first series, The Wraith, debuted in Star*Reach’s Quack! in 1982, Gilbert began co-adapting a series of Elric of Melnibone novels for Pacific and First Comics. While at Pacific, Gilbert created his signature character, Doc Stearn . . . Mr. Monster, who made his debut 30 years ago at the 1984 San Diego Comic-Con. Additionally, Gilbert has written or drawn stories featuring Superman, Batman, Dr. Strange, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse.
"Michael T. Gilbert brought high quality work to underground and independent comics of the 80's with a 50's sensibility. It combined a menagerie of B-movie monsters, femme fatales, sci-fi, horror, humor, two-fisted action, and artwork with fine attention to detail that does justice to the great many illustrators of the era. While working on other projects, Gilbert continued to bring his creative energies to craft stories that had that same focus in expanding the imagination".-Albert Moy
This is a portrait that I made of Michael in his studio up in the Northwest, for "The Artist Within". He recently made a move to Akron Ohio. You can see ore of Michael's beautiful work here:
And if you haven't yet, you can pick up both books here, on the Sideshow Collectables website: https://www.sideshow.com/manufacturers/sampsel-preston-photography
Have a great day!