Saturday, 4 February 2017
RAMBLING REPOST: RICH BEYOND THE DREAMS OF AVARICE...
Back in the 20th century - 1973 to be exact - an envelope
addressed to myself popped through the letterbox one morning.
Being only 14 or so, receiving personal mail wasn't a regular occur-
rence for me, so naturally enough I wondered what it was. I soon
found out - a postal order for £1, along with a cover-note telling
me that my "Creepy Creation" would be featured in the
very next issue of SHIVER & SHAKE.
When the day arrived, I rushed out and bought a copy.
Nevertheless, thrilled as I was about my moment of fame (to say
nothing of my untold wealth), I was surprised to see that it seemed
to be my actual drawing that had been printed - albeit with a super-
duper, touch-up inking job by the mighty KEN REID. I'd hoped
that my original drawing would be good enough to be published
as is, but I was resigned to the likelihood that it would be
completely redrawn by Mr. Reid himself.
But no - all the glaring imperfections of my original art
were still all-too obvious - surely Ken would've fixed them if
he'd completely redrawn my submission from scratch? Honest -
that really appears to be my basic drawing under the super-slick
inking style of the artist of FRANKIE STEIN and FACEACHE
and loads of other characters. The wings are a bit more ornate
than I would've rendered them, but what you're looking at
is a genuine Robson/Reid collaboration.
Ken wasn't the only one to recognize quality when he saw
it, though. (Relax - my tongue is half in my cheek.) A few years
later, someone traced my character and submitted it to a compe-
tition in one of MARVEL's U.K. weeklies - and was one of a 100
runners-up. To add insult to injury, I'd also entered the competi-
tion and was amongst the top ten of those 100 runners-up, but
my prize of a Treasury Edition must have been lost in the
Twilight Zone because I never received it.
So feast your eyes - the only Kid Robson/Ken Reid
drawing in existence. (I suppose his name really should
come first - but it's my blog. And he got paid far more
than a £1 for his share of the work.)
Posted by Kid at Saturday, February 04, 2017