About 299 pages ago, I was sitting with one of my closest friends in the brand new comic book shop we had just opened. As it tends to, our conversation ultimately turned to what put us there in the first place; Comics.
“You know what would be fun?” he said, looking up from an Uncanny X-Men issue. “A comic that made fun of the comics.”
I nodded, busying myself with counting books on the shelves.
“…and what would be even cooler?” he continued. “Having a different artist do every page.”
I turned and before I could say “that’s insane,” I saw the look in the eye and the grin on the face of Sohmer and it told me things were about to get interesting. Gutters was off and running before the issue was done.
Let me break down some numbers for you:
2 (soon to be 3) really big books.
1 reprimand from Legal.
0 Lawsuits (Huge thanks for that!)
1000’s of comments.
5557 Friends (and counting!)
1 92 year old legend.
Immesurable laughs, good times and love of comics.
= Gutters #300
I could not be happier in my personal and professional life to be involved with Gutters. The passion and dedication of this team shows in every one of these 300 pages. Lots of late nights, long distances and great friends make this comic happen and I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them.
And with all that said, it brings me great pleasure (and a pretty big nerdgasm) to tell you about the living legend behind today’s page, Nick Cardy:
Nick Cardy has had a comics career that’s lasted over 60 years. In the 1950’s, Nick drew the Tarzan comic strip and later worked for DC National Comics drawing The Legends of Daniel Boone and the jungle adventure, Congo Bill. Nick also worked on stories for varied titles including House of Mystery and Gang Busters. For Standard Comics, he drew many horror and romance comics. Following those series, Cardy enjoyed a long tenure drawing 40+ issues of Aquaman, where he designed Mera and Ocean Master. With Carmine Infantino becoming publisher of DC Comics, Cardy gained more creative freedom which was most evident on the Aquaman covers. Cardy also handled most of the artwork (drawing and/or inking) for the first 42 issues of the Teen Titans among other comics stories. As the Teen Titans grew into adulthood, Cardy designed Wonder Girl’s new look. On the cover of Teen Titans 23, Wonder Girl’s sandals and pigtail were replaced by beads, boots and a new hairdo. Along with the Teen Titans, Cardy found time to draw the western series, Bat Lash. Even today, the combination of great stories, beautiful women and cartoonish villains makes Bat Lash a cult favorite. Cardy wrote as well as drew Bat Lash 2. After the Teen Titans, Cardy worked on Marvel Comics’ Crazy Magazine and was the primary cover artist for DC from the early to mid 1970’s. Cardy drew many, many covers including Superman, Action Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Batman, Flash, Ghosts, Witching Hour, Secret Origins, Jimmy Olsen, World’s Finest and the various 100 Page Giant comics. Cardy also illustrated many advertising art and movie posters. Cardy worked on posters for “Apocalypse Now”, “Movie, Movie”, “California Suite”, “The Street Fighter”, “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s”, and “Casey’s Shadow”. Nick Cardy is one of the few comic artists who are as skilled at drawing western, jungle, crime and super-hero adventures as drawing romance, science fiction, humor and horror. Current books on Nick include “Nick Cardy: The Artist at War,” and the upcoming humor books, “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash,” from Eva Ink Publishing.
And to you, the dear reader… On behalf of us all, thank you so much for your support. Also, strap in. The next 300 start on Friday.