Posted 8 years ago
This is an original ink/pencil sketch of the Michigan City, Indiana Lighthouse on Lake Michigan done by famed cartoonist John S. Lucas and dated 1977. -- John Sterling Lucas was born in Michigan City. This sketch measures 14" X 11" (my scan could not capture entire sketch), and drawn on heavy artist's paper. Signed in the lower right corner, John S. Lucas '77.
*** John Lucas is an American comic book inker and penciller, whose style has been compared with that of Russ Heath and Jack Kirby. A prolific freelance contributor to both DC and Marvel Comics, Lucas has also produced a great deal of small press work, as well as "Valkyries" (with Steve Moore) for 2000 AD.
Katy Keene, a character created by Bill Woggon, has appeared in several comic book series published by Archie Comics since 1945. She is a model/actress/singer known as America's Queen of Pin-Ups and Fashions. In 1979, with Archie Comic's permission, Katy Keene fan Craig Leavitt published the Katy Keene Fan Magazine, which ran 18 issues until 1983. Having been a lifelong fan of the character, John S. Lucas's art was instrumental in the revival, as his work was featured in the magazine along with other artists' and fans' work. Archie Comics decided to revive the character themselves in 1983, giving the character her own title by using reprint art of Woggon's as well as new art by Don Sherwood, Vince Colletta, Hy Eisman and Dan DeCarlo.
After seeing Lucas's art in the Katy Keene Fan Magazine and receiving letters from fans encouraging them to do so, Archie contacted Lucas, asking him to do the art for the revived Katy Keene Fan Club, which included pens, lapel buttons, membership cards, notepads, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Not long afterward, Archie brought Lucas on as regular Katy artist. During the 1980s, '90s and 2000s, Lucas carried on the Katy tradition with his comics, his annual Katy Keene Christmas Cards and Paper Dolls and paper doll books from Hobby House Press.
John S. Lucas comics work includes:
Atomic Chili: The Illustrated Joe R. Lansdale (Mojo Press)
Civil War: Front Line inker (Marvel Comics)
Codename: Knockout (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Desperadoes: "Epidemic" (one-shot, Homage Comics)
Drive-In 3: The Bus Tour (aka Drive-In 3) (Subterranean Press)
The Exterminators inker (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Forever Maelstrom (DC Comics)
Generation M inker (Marvel Comics)
Living in Infamy (Ludovico Technique)
Negative Burn #47 (Caliber Press)
Occurrences: The Illustrated Ambrose Bierce (Mojo Press)
Starman (DC Comics)
Star Trek (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
Superman: The Man of Steel (DC Comics)
Weird Business artist on "Green Brother" and inker (credited as Little Johny Lovecloud) on "Dinosaur Love" (Mojo Press)
The Wild West Show (Mojo Press)
Valkyries (with Steve Moore, in 2000 AD #1377–1382, 2004)
X-Men Unlimited Vol. 2 (Marvel Comics)
*** Source - wikipedia