Thursday, December 13, 2007

Aces: Curse of The Red Baron

Here's a quick pin-up I busted out for my buddy Shannon Denton. His comic book Aces: Curse of The Red Baron is being collected into trade paperback and this will be part of it. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved The Red Baron (mostly due to reading Peanuts) and then there was the song, Snoopy vs The Red Baron, which I would sing ad nauseum and drive my parents nuts! Remember this?

After the turn of the century
In the clear blue skies over Germany
Came a roar and a thunder men had never heard
Like the scream and the sound of a big war bird
Up in the sky, a man in a plane
Baron von Richtofin was his name
Eighty men tried, and eighty men died
Now they're buried together on the countryside

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' out the score
Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

It's by a band called The Royal Guardsmen. I must have had the record; I'm not sure how else I would have heard it. Takes me back! I had a more ambitious Mike Mignola type layout in mind with more characters and a castle and everything, but I had to get it done in less than a day. I squeezed in a very Mignola-esgue crow, though! Too much work! But it was fun!