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Dracula: Superhero by DoodleLyle Dracula: Superhero by DoodleLyle
Artwork Copyright James E. Lyle.  Back in the 1960s DELL comics tried to cash in on the Batman craze and the Monster Movie craze with a set of three monster-hero books.  They were threatened with lawsuits from Universal pictures and the books were rushed so much that it should have been no surprise when they sold poorly.  But that's just the sort of obscure stuff I love. BTW, I did not know any of this before creating Wolfman. So while it may appear I'm repeating myself, just finding out I was more in touch with that era than I realized.  This will be cover art for a reprinting of the series from Mini-Comix sometime this spring and I'll also be hawking prints at upcoming shows.  Artwork was created traditionally with pen and ink and colored in Photoshop.
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Pen and Ink with Photoshop? Sounds like you're my kind of guy!

Thanks for the history lesson about Dell Comics. I can picture such a series quite clearly now and I'm kind of sad to see it gone before it started.
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DoodleLyle Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Erik,  I'm hoping that the reprint of the series (by Jer Alford at Mini-Comix) will be such a sell out that he'll be moved to begin a new series based on the original with me as penciler (and probably someone like my buddy Mike Leonard as writer).  This, of course seems unlikely in that I'm given to understand that DC probably won't even be continuing Batman '66 for long.  But then again, the fate of that book could be changed if everyone went out and bought a lot of copies to give to friends, etc.

But I'm hardly one to talk about doing such things.  I can barely afford to pick up my irregular fix of Bakuman (a truly great Manga series if you haven't read it--all about making comics!)

Glad to know you.  I will now go look at your page.
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Its a shame to hear Batman 66 is on thin ice. I just got the first two trades this past week and have really been enjoying it!

Thanks for the Bakuman recommendation and check out my page!
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DoodleLyle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I too am saddened by the "hint" that Batman 66 is on thin ice.  I have yet to be able to buy any--but as I'm at SC Comic Con this weekend maybe I can pick up the trades (once I sell a few sketches or prints).  Feel like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth, "why aren't people buying this?" and "I can't afford to pick it up!"  But that's par for the course right now.  Another very busy, very broke artist.

Now, as for Squirrel training--I'm pretty sure Karin (my wife) could make a go of it if she wanted to.  She could sell fridges in Alaska!  She loves the picture, BTW, do you have prints?
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds like you and I are speaking the same language. I want to support this but my wallet only stretches so far.

I don't have any prints now. But I want to stretch my wallet, maybe I should!
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DoodleLyle Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Where you located (region)?  I know US, but what part?  The reason I ask is that I think you might make some extra money by doing some comic shows and selling some prints.  I do some business along those lines and your work is way better than some of the folks I see selling their stuff at shows--by the truckload sometimes!  It baffles me that a bad drawing of Batman will outsell a great drawing of say, I Dream of Jeannie--but that's the way it works it seems.  I can no longer sell unauthorized DC, Marvel, or Lucasfilm (as they made me sign an agreement), however I CAN give them away and that seems to attract customers to my other prints.  Anyway, I do know a number of convention organizers on the East Coast as well as beyond.  You might look into that.
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I live in Michigan currently.

Thank you for such an encouraging compliment about the quality of my work!

I really do have to make it to the convention circuit eventually, I just keep putting it off. Its one of those things were I wanted to just keep creating and wish I had someone else to handle that whole marketing thing.
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DoodleLyle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Well, start small.  Try a local con or indy book store (sometimes they'll let you set up a signing just to keep something new going on at the shop).  My webmaster is in the Detroit area--that's Michigan, but not nearly ALL of Michigan is near Mo-Town.  Even I know that.  I'm going to review your work and see if I can't find someone you might approach about doing something for.  Give me a few minutes.  I may have something.  If you don't hear from me I won't have.
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