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Hitchcock: Ladies Man

Hitch had a way with the ladies. Truly, he was one sick puppy on this score. He had a history of mildly humiliating his leading ladies since his earliest movies, and as he got older crushes on some of his actresses developed into obsession. Sure, he was married most of his life, and had a child (Patricia, who acted in a few of his movies), but was probably celibate most of his adult life. One repressed dude. And all that bottled up for so long manifested itself in increasingly strange ways as one actress after another moved on, gave up movies altogether, until the controlling, Svengali complex he divulged in his Vertigo was most fully realized with Tippi Hedren. For all his genius, the man had problems. But that doesn't mean we can't love his movies. I sure do. Someday soon I'll list my favorites...


Ridin' a Hitch

A couple of the better latest sketches of Hitch, this time directly with a brush, the old-fashioned way...


Hitchcock Poster

I mentioned yesterday I'd drawn Hitchcock before, a long time ago when I did this poster illustration for a novelty company in Chicago. This was 1984, about a year before we began work in earnest on the first issue of Trollords. I was 20-21 at the time, and drew using pencil and pastels more back then. Most of this holds up pretty well, although it's stiff in a couple places. I used an Ebony woodless graphite pencil to achieve really dark darks, no doubt rubbing it with my finger or stump, a trusty kneaded rubber eraser at the ready. This is a photo of the original artwork, executed on 18 x 24 illustration board.

I was/am quite the Hitchcock devotee, having attended seminars/showings of his work and read plenty of books. For the poster, although I included a few references to specific movies (The Birds, Psycho, Rear Window and Dial M For Murder), I tried to incorporate as many of Hitch's themes and motifs: birds, voyeurism, mirror images (twins), train tracks and the wine bottle from Notorious. I faltered in my execution of the quintessential Hitchcock heroine, an amalgam of Kelly, Leigh, Novak, Miles, Saint, Carroll, Hedrin, Day. As in Vertigo, Hitch tailored his leading ladies to be a certain type, what became known as the Hitchcock Blonde.

I've just discovered a handful of these posters in the Blue Moon archives, so email me if you have interest in purchasing one. I'll update here if I make them available at on online shop.


An Itch for Hitch

My pal, Jody Nilsen's recent rendition of Hitchcock lit the fuse for me to draw Hitch again, something I'd done many times in the past, as in this comic from years ago. Soon, I'll post more Hitch sketches, and show you a Hitchcock poster I drew thirty years ago.


Sketchbook: Dial M for yuMMM

After a crazy-busy week+ of drawing for work (all fun, if stressful), I took a bitty break to draw just me own self, spurred on by the Saturday Sketch-Day blog. I drew both in Photoshop with a pencil-brush, the first from a still photo from Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder. It's not his best, but well worthwhile, despite being derived from a stage play and filmed for 3-D. He opens it up, takes it outside where he can. There are some really suspenseful sequences, especially the murder scene with scissors! And Grace Kelly, as always is yummy! For the second sketch, I liked the admittedly skimpy outfit on a gal from a photo a grabbed for reference while on a job, but not her figure/pose. So I made up my own. I may color up the latter another time...


Watchmen Hitchcock Comic

What with the Watchmen movie opening this weekend, and as I've been reading up on Hitchcock again of late, it all brought to mind a comic book story I did years ago, just a couple years after the original Watchmen comic book run. The story is narrated and framed by a Hitchcock-style alien, just as Hitch had introduced his mystery and suspense TV show in the '50s & '60s. And I was obsessed with Watchmen then, so created a hybrid, giving him Dr, Manhattan's "costume," with and H instead of and M, of course.

A Wee Dram at Munden's Bar appeared as a back-up story in First Comics' Grimjack #57. Munden's Bar is a series created by John Ostrander, a bar based on a Chicago hangout, The Bucket O' Suds, which coincidentally was the first and only bar I frequented, just a mile or so from the house where I grew up. It was a great old place, owned and tended by good ol' Joe Danno, who had a shock of white hair and thick black coke-bottle glasses. He was kind of a Harry Carray type. He'd created tons of drinks, a checklist of which he'd had printed up as a business card. I had a bunch of them checked off, but my favorites were the Elixir Lucifer (potent!) and the tasty Monkey Nut. Joe made me only a few Monkey Nuts, 'cause when I requested them after a while, he'd always say he was out: "No Monkey Nut. Try the Coco-Loco!" I did, and it was a good, but no Monkey Nut. For years, I longed for that Monkey Nut taste, until recently tried to recreate it with ice, Bailey's chocolate cream liquor and Captain Morgan's coconut rum.  It's pretty close!  Close enough to take me back to the Bucket, anyway. Read all of Wee Dram at my comics site, bluemoontoons, written by writer, professor, raconteur and fellow Bucket O' Suds patron, Len Strazewski, who introduced me to the Bucket the night we first met.