Ghost Rider 1929

I’ve found it pretty refreshing working on my old my Batman: Zero concept. It sort of got some gears turning. Especially back to my teenage days of daydreaming and sketching out my various superhero takes. I’ll admit this one wasn’t an old idea. I’ve been watching a few James Cagney gangster movies and it simply got me thinkin’.

Ghost Rider is such a fun comic character. Having a “legacy”, “mantle”, or “gimmick” that can crown different characters can be enticing. But it can also be trash. Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Robbie Reyes. Whom ever you prefer as Ghost Rider is up to you. But I decided to take him back, not so much to the old west, but to a dangerous (often lawless) era of history.

Chicago 1929. The height of prohibition. A lowly gangster sells his soul to the demon Mephisto so he may live once again, as he lay dying from a botched robbery. Although given a second chance, he inevitably learns his family was brutally gunned down by Al Capone’s gangster goons. A mere consequence for his line of business. 

Furious and vengeful, the gangster thwarts Mephisto’s attempt to collect his soul. But the deceitful Mephisto, instead, gets revenge by bonding the gangster with Zarathos: a demon of vengeance. 

Now the streets of Chicago run red with the blood of guilty mobsters. Armed with his supernatural hellfire tommy gun, Penance Stare, and fire-tired “Hellmobile”, Ghost Rider wages not only an internal battle with the demon within…but an external one that can only end with Capone’s heart in his ghostly hand!

I formatted the images for Instagram but I figured I’d share them here as well. If the idea of a flaming skeleton gangster firing a hellfire tommy gun while hanging out of a fire-tired 1929 Mercedes Benz doesn’t spark your interest…than I don’t really even know why you’re here.

Creepy, Kooky, All Together Spooky…

Didn’t have the time this year to participate in Drawtober, but I was happy to at least draw a ‘lil somethin’ for the big day. This was my first time ever drawing The Addams Family (snap-snap)! And it was fitting as I was on quite the Addams-kick this Halloween season. I spent around 4 hours working on this and pretty happy with how it turned out.

Curse of The Neon Phantom

Time Spent: About 4 Hours

Bit of a cool story with this one…

I was mindlessly scrolling through my instagram when I came across this post:

Immediately struck by the color scheme, I saved the image for reference for a monster drawing I had cooking up. When I finished my Neon Phantom, I DM’ed the instagram account with my finished drawing to get their blessing before I posted it. It was during this that I realized the account belonged to Pete Infelise, not only founder of The Devil’s Workshop, BUT my former Motion Graphics teacher from the Art Institute! Small world, right? I remember him mentioning (12 years ago) he makes “monster masks”. But it was a truly spooky coincidence that I won’t soon forget!

Not only did he give his blessing….but he loved it and shared it himself! That makes this piece truly special in my book. And although I’m not over-the-moon with my finished drawing, I’m so grateful for the connection it brought me! Pete is truly an exceptionally gifted artist and teacher. Go check out his work at The Devil’s Workshop.