Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Send Help!

 Hey look! It's a cartoon I have in the brand new SEND HELP Book! 208 pages! 123 cartoonists! I just read it and it's great fun fill of funny stuff! "Cartoons to help us feel isolated... TOGETHER!" You can get it at many locations. Click here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wonder Woman Art for Charity

I posted a color version of this art previously, but the art is now up for bidding! I drew this for the National Cartoonists Society Art Auction. Proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

This is a bit of a rarity for me. I switched to 100% digital art several years ago, but this is on actual bristol board with actual India ink! (I had to search my basement to find art supplies, and drew on my kitchen table.) 😊

EDIT: The auction is over. Thanks for your generosity! $1800!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Batman Toys from the 1966 Sears Wish Book Catalog!

I recently stumbled across the Wish Book Web site, and for barely any reason at all, I decided to look at the Batman product from 1966. I was very young in '66 and just discovering superheroes. I lived in the deep country and the Sears Catalog was about the only way I could see lots of toys. 

But enough about me. Let's look at stuff!

If this doesn't feel authentically Batman to you, the ukulele drives it home.

"Holy Slots" sounds dirty, but this car was actually made for race tracks!

"Just use the master pump to force air through the 30-ft. tube-track." I think "Remote-control" meant something different than it does today.


Instead of focusing on Batman costumes, I included the whole page here. Look! A Captain America costume!! In 1966!!! That's unexpected.

It looks like the image coming from the "Projection Gun" is based on the art on the "Bat Cave Hideaway." Did you decide to add this at the last minute, Sears?

A lot of the boy toys were some type of gun in 1966.

But, if you did't have a gun, you could at least learn how to hit! I actually had the Yogi Bear Bop Bag when I was a kid. He now looks so defenseless to me. With Batman, you could pretend you were helping him tighten his stomach muscles!

I also had the Captain Action figure. It was possibly my favorite toy as kid. I had the Batman costume to put on him, but I desperately wanted the Aquaman costume. Never got it. (But, my sweet mother did crochet a tiny orange shirt for me to put on him.)

I think these are merely walkie-talkies disguised as phones. Well played, Remco Toys!

Marx made a phone too, but Batman doesn't want you to talk. Just listen to him and keep your mouth shut.

Oh! And puppets!

Sears mentions "it's easy to order by phone" more than once. So futuristic.

Oops. Look at the time. I better wrap it up!

Porch Zombie

Ha ha! I don't know Chris Rywalt, but he sent me pictures of what he constructed for Halloween this year. It's my zombie and balloon! Nice job, Chris!

I don't mind people creating fun things like this, but I hate when people sell my unauthorized work. If you like my zombie art, Please buy it from Threadless, TeePublic, or RedBubble

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Animated Zombie Cover


I’ve been working on DIRTNAP: Mystic Spit for years. First, I had it as a webcomic. Then, I decided to break it into digital issues for Comixology. But, many of you told me, YOU SIMPLY WANTED A PRINTED PAPER BOOK to read. So— here it is! 180 pages of fun-loving monster madness. Available at IndyPlant. Click here.

EDIT: Now also available on Amazon! Click here.

In the past, I've animated other comic covers for fun. But, I've never animated one of my own covers. So I did!

If you wonder what the insides looks like, here's an excerpt--

And another--

Dirtnap by Kerry Callen. Mystic Spit. All material TM and © K. Callen.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Mr. Monster - Happy Halloween!

Two things I love-- Mr. Monster and Ramona Fradon's art! So-- when Michael T. Gilbert shared Mr. Monster pencils by Ramona a couple of days ago, I couldn't stop myself from giving it inks and color. Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Super Antics #17

That was fun. I've never drawn Captain Marvel Shazam before.

Honestly, I don't know how Superman does it!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Dirtnap on Comixology!

Once a webcomic, DIRTNAP has now been broken into five parts as regular comics. The first issue hit Comixology this week! I will release them once a month, so it should wrap up by the year's end.

I've taken the opportunity to strengthen some of the content from the original webcomic, both in writing and art details. I'm also drawing new covers and, in most cases, splash pages.

For anyone who enjoys my work, this is a great way to support me doing comics!

Here's the link-- DIRTNAP #1

And-- here's a sneak peek at the cover for issue #2. (Shhhh. No one else has seen this yet...)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Wonder Woman doing the Marilyn Monroe thing!

I've drawn a piece of original art (black ink on bristol board) for a charity auction benefiting St. Jude's Children Hospital. I'll post more info as it becomes available for purchase in a month or so. But, for now, here's a version I've colored for fun!

I also did a limited color version to mimic 50's humor magazines.

Sometimes, there are folks on the internet who like to crop my name off my art. So, I'm going to simply state a description of this, in case anyone's looking. Wonder Woman skirt blown up by landmine. (Although, did you know, she actually wore a culotte in her first adventures?!)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Daredevil comic page by Gil Kane. Mostly

On the internet, I recently came across an image of an unused, penciled, Daredevil page by the great Gil Kane. Kane is one of my all-time favorite comic artists. So, I decided to ink it just for fun!

Then I thought, "Well, if I've inked it, I might as well add dialog to match the action." I'm certain what I've written is pretty much exactly what the real author would have written. At that point, I had no choice but to also color it. 😊

Here's the original Gil Kane image. Created around 1975.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jack Kirby never drew Wolverine. Or did he?

This certainly looks like an old 60's panel of Wolverine. Perhaps he first appeared in an old Ka-Zar story?

Okay, okay-- I drew it, I can never fool you guys.

It's based on a Black Panther panel from Fantastic Four Annual #5.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Origin of SPIDERY-MAN!

I was lucky enough to create original content for MAD Magazine until they went to mostly reprints the last year or so. I enjoyed all of it, but one of my favorite pieces was this 3-page parody I wrote and drew of Spider-Man's origin.

Batman is often shown as a bat-shape in the comics, The first panel of my story is supposed to be "Spidery-Man" in a spider-shape. Not sure if it's obvious or not.

I didn't try to create an exact copy of Steve Ditko's art style. Instead, I drew in my own style as if it was heavily influenced by Ditko.

I thought it was a bit ironic that Marvel was known for their monster stories in the early 60's, but the radiated spider in Spider-Man's origin didn't turn into anything horrible.

Originally, I had a different last page written. Uncle "Ken" was at the wrestling ring where Spidery-Man fought. Uncle Ken lost all his money, betting on the wrong guy, and had a heart attack and died. "P. P. Poker" takes the money he won and skipped town to avoid all responsibility. It was fine, but this new one occurred to me and I like it much better.

Oh! The issue (MAD #3, 2018) also had a "cover" to this story.