Wonderful Page 19 pencils by Stefano! I love this progression of the Vampire seeking out and attacking the man on the street, complete with the dead hand protruding upward! A few changes that I made to the page were showing the fangs of the Vampire in panel 3 and displaying the Vampire landing under a street lamp in panel 2. It was very cool how Stefano shows the Vampire leaving the killing in giant bat form!
I love panels with lots of black backgrounds and depth. Panel 3 was alot of fun to ink with the Vampire attacking the victim! Panel 4 was also enjoyable rendering the dark night sky! I chuckled to myself when I thought of the phrase in panel 1 “Who, returning home from a long day’s work….Is looking forward to a cold beer and a warm bed!” Too bad, this man never tasted that cold beer!
The Vampire attacks his first victim! Since Stefano and I wanted kids to able to read MONSTERS AMONG US as well as adults, we tried not to make the monster killings overly gory, but rather let the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. For instance, I love the hand sticking up that Stefano did signifying death!
As for the coloring, I like how the comic books of the late 1950′s and early 1960′s would sometimes color images in all one color…..it would really create a nice mood like lighting in a black and white movie. I asked Mark to look for pages to color this way and I think he did a great job on this page, in particular panels 3 and 4.
Stefano sent me this wonderful surprise of the Kraushaar generations by drawing an amazing likeness of my great-grandfather, Dr. William Kraushaar (seen on the right), who is the inspiration for our MONSTERS AMONG US scientist of the same name! So, here we have three generations of Kraushaar men, including young Bobby wearing quite a cool t-shirt! Look for the real Dr. Kraushaar making an appearance as a character in an upcoming issue of the comic book! Thank you, Stefano!!! -Rob-
Introducing the Dr. William Kraushaar Action Figure! I discovered a few websites (Dr. Mego’s Repros, Classic TV Toys) devoted to providing parts and clothing to MEGO style action figures. At these websites, you can buy parts to build many existing comic and sci-fi characters or you can build your own! So, I made this Dr. Kraushaar action figure from MONSTERS AMONG US! I hope to make more MEGO style characters and monsters to battle my Dr. Kraushaar…..oh, to feel like a kid again! -Rob-
This page represents one of the few times where I made changes to Stefano’s incredible pencils. When I inked this page, I removed the covering over the Vampire’s lower face to reveal his angry fangs, hoping to add a little more excitement to to page. I also extended the cloudy sky fully upward and lettered the title “Vampire!” by hand while Mark lettered the rest of the text digitally.
This is a great full page of pencils from Stefano! I love full page spreads and this page is awesome with the view looking upward at the Vampire looking down over the city searching for a victim! Bravo, Stefano!
I really enjoyed inking this page…from the night sky to the Vampire to the building bricks! In the comic book, I hand-lettered the titles and sound effects, such as the “Vampire!” title and “Chapter Two” introduction seen here. Mark lettered the dialog with Joe Kubert font. I love the image that Stefano penciled of looking upward to the Vampire peering down over the city for its next prey! I also love the word balloons that Mark used on this page for the Vampire speaking! -Rob
Beware the Vampire….Count Drakkard! This is the first monster to be revealed from the horde of monsters created in Dr. Kraushaar’s laboratory from the very pages of the 1950′s monster comic book! I really love the coloring by Mark Englert here with the purple night sky and greenish tinge to the Vampire’s skin!
In addition to Stefano’s wonderful 1950′s rendition of the people and places, he also penciled beautiful, classic cars of the 1950′s as seen in this page!
I always enjoyed the Marvel Comics in the 1960′s and 1970′s which featured a real life cameo personality! So, I very much enjoyed including the visit by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1959 storyline of our Kraushaar family! Stefano did such an amazing job penciling the likeness of Dr. King!