As some readers may know, my work is not only influenced by classical and expressionistic art, its also influenced by comic book art. I've been a "reader" of comic books since before I could technically read - pouring over their visual richness and dynamic portrayal of the human form.
This Saturday, Lauren and I went to the WV Pop Culture Con in Morgantown, WV. I was able to meet Ron Frenz, acclaimed and iconic illustrator of Spider-Man, co-creator of Spider-Girl, and contributor to many other famous titles over the years. Ron illustrated "The Amazing Spider-Man #271" - the very first comic book I owned at the age of 4 years old, back in 1985. I spent years studying it and came to love and admire his work.
"The Amazing Spider-Man #271", Ron Frenz, 1985, copyright Marvel Comics
Ron was happy to meet us and discussed his love of this very issue - being instrumental in coming up with the plot theme "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan?" He was kind enough to sign it, "Best wishes Ron Frenz". He noted that the comic looked loved and well read, and it was. Thanks again Ron.