Larry Ivie had the highest regards for Reed Crandall, both as a person and an artist. I don't know the extent of their friendship but I believe they were introduced by Al Williamson. In the 60s, Ivie did a little assistant work for Crandall when he was drawing for Gilberton. These are a few of the pieces by Crandall from Ivie's collection.
Three sketches of Blackhawk. There seems to be very few reproductions of Crandall's pencils, which is a shame. If these are any indication, they must have been stunning.
According to Ivie, Crandall drew these sketches as a warmup to a day's work.
Illustration of John Carter of Mars, published in the 60s by Canaveral Press.
Splash page for the first NOMAN story, appearing in THUNDER AGENTS #1.
Cover for SMASH COMICS #36, 1941.
This seems to be a color guide done for the Crandall's cover above, though it's odd... it seems some production person might have done a quick copy/tracing of the original and put the notation on the copy and not, as was standard then, on a mechanical reproduction.
What seems to be a quick sketch, perhaps from life, done on the reverse side of the color guide, by artist unknown.
In his lifetime, artist / writer / historian Larry Ivie amassed a wide-ranging collection of of original comic art. Some of this material has never been published and a good deal more had never received adequate reproduction. The intent of this blog is to share the collection with fellow enthusiasts and to generate discussions about comic art and the artistic process.