Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sergio Convention Poster-1972

From the pages of a 1972 issue of THE MONSTER TIMES, here's proof that even back in the day comic book conventions were overpopulated pop culture geekfests. This poster was done for Phil Seuling's legendary July 4th New York City Con by Mark Evanier's homeboy (and Groo's daddy) Sergio Aragones. For hours of fun, click to enlarge and just pretend to roam around the aisles. It's almost like being there (only without Peter Sellers).

I once saw artist Mike Grell on a panel at ChicagoCon describing different artists' approaches to the same material. In particular, he described a script that called for (as I recall) a rider to reach the top of a hill and see a thousand screaming men on horseback coming at him from the other side with weapons and charging elephants. Grell said his approach was to draw a large closeup panel in which all you saw was the rider's frightened eyes. By contrast, he noted, Sergio would more than likely draw TWO thousand men on horseback with weapons, elephants, rhinos and dinosaurs and then throw in a few gags around the edges! Grell then added that this would take Sergio about ten minutes to draw.


  1. Wonderful to see this. Great Grell quote. I, too, remember the days before big business "discovered" comics. A different time it was!

  2. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Really cool to see such an early Comic Convention scene by Sergio!

    Any chance you can provide the issue number for the Monster Times it appeared in?

  3. Anonymous3:40 PM

    I like the little girl who looks like Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy in the upper -left corner. I can't decide if the joke is that Nancy is at the convention or that one of the attendees is wearing a Nancy costume.

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