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My Influence Map by LostonWallace My Influence Map by LostonWallace
Using fox-orian's template [link] I made an "influence map". If you're interested in the artists whose work I personally admire, many of them are listed right here. I have many, many influences, and even expanding on this template, I scarcely had room for only a handful of them. I have to mention that there were many instructors at the JOE KUBERT SCHOOL that did a lot to shape me into the artist I am today--Kim DeMulder :iconkimdemulder: , Jose Delbo, Alec Stevens, "Tex" Blaisdell, Mike Sellers, Nick Napolitano, Doug Baron :iconsugarrayfinhead:, Mike Chen, and too many others to name. Thanks for the education, gang! I've tried to make the most of it! Hope you get a kick out of checking 'em out!
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stabkamay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Bruce Lee? How?
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kragf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Weird man, we just might be twins! Except for Bruce Timm, (and that's a big EXCEPT) this is almost every great in my head. Especially Bruce Lee and Neal Adams. And Byrne of course. But the fact that you got Don Newton in there, one the greatest artist to draw Batman, says a frikin lot.

Great collage for the map of your mind!
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gregmoutafis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
That's a great roster of influences. Nice to see Don Newton and Dan DeCarlo are cool to you too!
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Artist
Faaaaantastic list, Loston. While I'm not sure I could personally list them as influences, I'm also huge a fan of Timm, Wood, Wildey, Newton, Buscema, and Williamson.
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Thanks, man! I loved Don Newton's PHANTOM and BATMAN books growing up, and I became a huge fan of both Wally Wood and Al Williamson when I discovered EC COMICS' WEIRD SCIENCE reprint comics. Al Williamson's last pro work was a FLASH GORDON Sunday fill-in for King Features, and I had the privilege of following Al's strip with my own FLASH GORDON Sunday fill-in the following week. I can't say enough great things about Wood and Williamson, really. Doug Wildey's JONNY QUEST cartoon series was one of my favorites growing up--it made me want to fly around the world and have adventures 'n' stuff. LOL. Still working on that.... ;) Doug was also Dave Stevens' mentor, and he hired Dave to do work for Hanna Barbera's GODZILLA POWER HOUR back in the late '70s. Peevy from the ROCKETEER comics was drawn to look like Wildey. I think John Buscema may have been my biggest artistic influence. It seems like he was drawing every comic known to man back when I was growing up. I loved his CONAN stuff in particular. He set the bar high on Conan, and I don't think that anyone (other than Frazetta) every drew a finer rendition of the character. I really miss seeing Buscema's Cimmerian on the shelves. For me, he defined that character.
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DocShaner Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Artist
I JUST recently discovered Newton's work but immediately fell for it. I've been collecting all the Shazam stories he did in World's Finest.
That's awesome that you had the fill-in the week after Williamson, I LOVE his stuff on Secret Agent Corrigan, practically live by it.
I know I haven't read enough Buscema Conan stuff, but man I really like his work too. I've got a bunch of his Silver Surfer, Thor, and FF sitting around here and I'm enamored with it.
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MilkManX Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making my influence map for me Loston.... LOL!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Heh. Uhm...you're welcome. ;)
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johnshine Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Oh man, Don Newton! Awesome pick, and most folks in comics today don't even realize they are influenced by him, even if indirectly. And I can't believe I left Wrightson off of mine. But seriously, how could any one page hold all of an artists influences?
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Don Newton had a MAJOR inpact on my work. I have all of his BATMAN and DETECTIVE issues, and even his BATMAN FAMILY comics. I first discovered Don's work on Charlton's PHANTOM comics in the mid 1970s. I was only 5 or 6 then, but I loved the way he drew the Phantom! Newton died too early. With CRISIS on INFINITE EARTHS, DC's continuity was altered, and a lot of the issues from Newton's era were no longer considered to be cannon. That, and Frank Miller's BATMAN casting a long shadow over all the '80s BATMAN works, leaves Don's run on the Dark Knight largely forgotten by fans, and that's a real shame. Many fans today don't have a clue who Don Newton was, and there's a good chance they've never seen his artwork. I feel very fortunate to have been of just the right age to appreciate the art of his BATMAN run. There are a few artists like me left that champion Don Newton's work. His artwork on Batman ranks amongst the very best. Right up there with guys like Neal Adams and David Mazzucchelli, in my book. In the early '80s Newton drew BATMAN and Gene Colan drew DETECTIVE, and Batman art has rarely been better than it was back then.

Rest in Peace, Don.
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