I'm not sure where this ('60s?) Sickles illustration first appeared (can anyone help me out?).
One thing that's clear, though, is that Sickles continued to grow both in technique and in influence as an artist.
Just as his loose, noirish, chiaroscuro-based style made its big impact on Milton Caniff in the '30s (culminating in the styles of Alex Toth, Frank Robbins, Lee Elias and so many others), so this '60s style predates and sets the stage for many of today's indie cartoonists of what could be called the Fantagraphics/New Yorker school, any one of whom could have drawn the figure at the top of Sickle's illo.
In addition to the amazing events described above, many panel discussions and thousands of pulps for sale, along with zines, paperbacks, digests, original art, and much more, cartoonist Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) will be in attendance, as well as publisher Airship 27.
PulpFest is an amazing show and this year's show looks more amazing than usual.
If you are a professional penciler looking for a professional inker, allow me to ink your work! I'm immediately available for paying inking work. I work in a variety of inking styles and can do your pencils justice.
We do still have some new, mint condition copies of Reactionary Tales #1 for sale, but when they're gone, they're gone!
Featuring the first appearance of Larvae Boy and This Eternal Flaw, Reactionary Tales was my first work which takes place in the Signifiers Universe, features a drawn introduction by Paul Pope and was funded by a grant from the Xeric Foundation.