Sunday, July 3, 2016


This is page 5 of 5 pages I did in 1986 or ‘87, as samples to help me break into comics. They are adapted from a storyboard I did for “Jonny Quest” in 1986. The storyboards are cleaned up/inked by Joe Pearson, an artist friend who later founded Epoch Ink. I’ll be including the storyboard pages I adapted along with each page of the comic story-fragment.

I inked this page myself. It seems a bit fussy and overworked to my eyes.  As I stated in the previous installment, these pages seem really influenced by Russ Heath. In fact, I think I actually SHOWED these pages to Russ when we were both freelancing at DIC in 1989 (perhaps these pages are of later vintage than I remember). As I recall, he told me the silhouetted figure in panel 1 looked like his back leg was cut off, recommended I find a way to put his foot in the pose.


Jean-Paul Jennequin said...

I don't get it. You were showing wonderful stuff like that around 1986-87 and you got rejected while Marvel and DC were using the likes of Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld (not to mention Ron Lim). I mean - no wonder the 1990s turned out the way they did for comics.

Brad Rader said...

I agree. When I was a teenager, I dreamed of a career like Neal Adams (or later, Frank Miller) where I could waltz in, take over an existing property (or create new ones), do whatever I thought was neat, and have repeated successes. This is not how it worked out. On the other hand, some people would kill for the career I've had in animation.

Jean-Paul Jennequin said...

And then again, TV animation from the late 1980's on was a very different field from the Hanna-Barbera/Filmation rather lackluster production of the 1970s.

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