Countdown to 200: Frank Fosco Discusses the Conclusion of the Vanguard Serial

download podcast finalFrank Fosco, artist of the recent Vanguard backup (and a ton of other Savage Dragon backup stories), joined the hosts of the Savage Fincast Podcast to discuss his thoughts on Larsen’s double page spread experiment in Savage Dragon #200. In addition, Fosco and the Fincasters discuss his newest Vanguard backup serial. The interview with Fosco was captivating as he dropped lots of hints as of what to expect on the super-sized conclusion of the Vangaurd serial in Savage Dragon #200!

Be on the look out for episode 34 of the Savage Fincast ( featuring Frank Fosco, soon to be released to the masses!


Savage Fincast Podcast – Episode 10: “Soapboxes & Street Clothes”

Podcast description from the website:

This episode FINcasters Craig, Jim, and Raven  tackle the long awaited Savage Dragon 181. They discuss Dragon’s political ambitions, Krylan religion, and the subtle art of making your son look like a jackass. In another installment of “What We’re Reading” the FINcasters get to talking about about The Hypernaturals, Big Bang Comics, and The Comic Book History of Comics. In Erik Larsen-Related News, the FINcasters react to Erik Larsen leaving Supreme and Frank Fosco’s new project GRONK. All this and Vanguard!

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Frank Fosco’s New Project: “GRONK”!

Fan favorite artist, Frank Fosco (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and Savage Dragon back-up stories such as Vanguard, Rock House Diner, and Ethrian), has a new comic now out called “Gronk”.  Frank has teamed with writer/creator Courtland Brugger to tell the story of Gronk, an alien-caveman just trying to survive on a primordial world filled with bizarre and dangerous creatures!

Solicitation Copy:

Created, written, and colored by Courtland Brugger Penciled and inked by Frank Fosco

Gronk #1
Full Color
20 Pages

Having his prized piece of meat stolen, Gronk finds that it’s ready to be consumed by a bloated beast known as the meat king. The task at hand to retrieve his prize could prove to be difficult. However, Gronk is determined to see it through to the bitter end.

On a prehistoric alien world, Gronk, an alien barbarian/ caveman, is chosen by the gods to destroy the great evils of the world on their behalf.

This is a must have for fans of Frank Fosco’s artwork and the type of comics created by Jack Kirby in books like Devil Dinosaur and Kamandi! Comes with our highest possible recommendation!

You can purchase your copy today at the Indy Planet web store (as well as view a four-page preview):




Megaton Comics has a Website!

I’m not sure if it’s new, but Megaton Comics has a website that showcases the characters that have graced the pages of the comic   throughout its seven-year existence. It’s a relatively small site, but cool none-the-less! Check it out at

A description of Megaton Comics from the website: 

Megaton was an independent comic book published from 1981 to 1987, and is remembered mainly because of the artists who began their comic book careers in its pages. Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Angel Medina, Gordon Purcell, Butch Guice, Frank Fosco, Clarke Hawbaker, and Daniel Reed all saw their first or second published work in Megaton. Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood both debuted there, prompting Liefeld to later bestow the title “Grandfather of Image Comics” upon Megaton writer/publisher Gary Carlson.

Early Images and Unused Covers of Frank Fosco’s Ethrian

Frank Fosco, penciler of many Savage Dragon back up stories (O’ Deadly Darklord, Rock vs Zeek, the origin of Powerhouse, the Rock House Diner, Ethrian, and the current Vanguard serial) has shared some old images and more recent unused covers related to his Ethrian character (pronounced E-3-N).

Most longtime Savage Dragon readers will remember Ethrian from his Image Comics debut in the year 2000 with the one-shot, “Vanguard: Ethereal Warriors” written by Gary Carlson and illustrated by Frank Fosco. The sequel, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”  recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon issues 145 through 152 and 154 through 159.

Long before Ethrian was featured in Image Comics, Frank Fosco had his character first published in 1977 in a music magazine called Triad. Gary Carlson discovered Frank’s work in the pages of Triad and asked him to bring Ethian over to his Megaton comic anthology. Carlson’s Megaton anthology would go on to publish other up and coming talent such as Erik Larsen, Angel Medina, Jackson Guice, and Rob Liefield. Vanguard, Dragon, Mighty Man, Ethrian, and Youngblood all graced the pages of Megaton publications before debuting at Image Comics.

Frank has provided with an early image of Ethrian as well as images of his debut in Triad Magazine:

Frank wrote:
This was from 1973, not ’76 or ’77 as I said on the Fincast (the Savage Fincast Podcast Episode 3). The goofy thing about this is that I’m holding the pen with my right hand…I’m left handed.

From Traid Magazine:

Last, but certainly not least, Frank provided us with some of the unused covers for the Ethrian story, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”, which recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon but was originally planned as a mini-series:

Thanks for sharing, Frank!


The Savage Fincast Returns with Special Guest Frank Fosco

Podcast description from the website:

Savage FINcast – Episode 3: Chicago Style

Sorry about the delay, but the Savage FINcast returns! This episode we have a very special treat with Frank Fosco visiting the FINcast to share his insight into the world of comics.

For those who don’t know, Frank’s portfolio encompasses three decades of work illustrating comic books for Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, among others.  He is best known for his work as the sole penciler on the 23-issue run of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic from Image Comics.  Additional career highlights include work on Marvel’s “Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine”, DC’s “Robin” and “Steel”, and back up stories in Erik Larsen’s “Savage Dragon” such as ”The Rock House Diner”, “Ethrian” (a character he created), and the current “Vanguard” serial.

Frank joins Jim, Adam, Craig, and Gavin as they talk Image Expo news, the solicitation of Supreme 63, dissect Savage Dragon 178, and examine the latest Vanguard back-up


Check It Out:

Newest Episode of the Savage Fincast Podcast to feature Artist Frank Fosco!

The Savage Fincast Podcast is pleased to announce that our third episode will feature artist extrodinaire, Frank Fosco!   Fosco’s portfolio encompasses three decades of work illustrating comic books for Marvel, DC, Image and Darkhorse.  He is best known for his work as the sole penciler on the 23-issue run of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic from Image Comics.  Additional career highlights include work on Marvel’s “Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine”, DC’s “Robin” and “Steel”, and back up stories in Erik Larsen’s “Savage Dragon” such as “The Rock House Diner”, “Ethrian”, and the current “Vanguard” serial.  Fosco is currently illustrating  a 150-page graphic novel titled “Solaria 80,000 AD” coming soon from Arcana Studios.

The gang from the Savage Fincast will be talking to Fosco about his  body of work, how he got involved with Erik Larsen and the Savage Dragon characters, and  his future work plans. In addition to having Frank Fosco on the show, the Fincasters will be conducting their usual review of the most recent Savage Dragon issue (#178, which includes a Fosco-illustrated Vanguard back-up story), discussing Larsen-related news, and chatting about anything else that tickles their fancy!

You don’t want to miss this one! Whip out all of your old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Savage Dragon Comics and get involved by firing us off some questions to ask Frank. Then listen along this Monday with your newest issue of Savage Dragon as we go through the nitty-gritty details of the most trivial things in our favorite funny-mag as only the most obsessed Savage Dragon fan could!

You can forward any questions/comments for Frank or the Fincast gang to dragonfanblog(at)gmail(dot)com. The Savage Fincast Podcast is located at



The Next Issue Project: Crack Comics #63 on Stands Now!

The newest issue in the “Next Issue Project” Image Comics anthology series, Crack Comics #63, hit stands on November 2nd.

The Next Issue Project series was the brainchild of Erik Larsen, who has contributed multiple stories to each issue as well as edits the collections. Each issue of the Next Issue Project continues the name and number of a long discontinued golden Golden Age comic book from the 1930s and 40s, keeping the golden age book dimensions and page count, and utilizing the characters that appeared in the title. Larsen invites many well known creators to participate in each issue.

Preview five pages of Alan Weiss’ Captain Triumph story at the Captain Comics website.

Solicitation Description:

CAPTAIN TRIUMPH! THE CLOCK! SPITFIRE! MOLLY THE MODEL! ALIAS THE SPIDER! SPACE LEGION! Some of the greatest creations from yesterday brought back to life by some of the greatest creators of today! 

Fans have marveled over the years as, one by one, characters from comics’ Golden Age have been revived for a modern audience. The NEXT ISSUE PROJECT is an ongoing series that continues a classic discontinued title for a modern audience! 
All stories are complete, self-contained and cool as all hell! 

All books are Golden Age sized, but these aren’t simply an homage to Golden Age comics: They’re updated classics by modern masters for a new generation!

Continuing from Quality Comics‘ Crack Comics. Crack Comics #63 contains the following stories:

The large, golden age-sized book retails at $4.99 for a hard copy. Digital copies are $3.99. Purchase your a digital copy at Graphicly or Comixology; or a hardcopy wherever fine comic books are sold. If it’s not on the stands, ask your shop owner to order one (use Diamond order ID:OCT100451).