July 12, 2013
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on was a little different than the majority of comic artists in that he did
not begin his art career in comics. Before Don became a comic artist, in fact long before
he became a comic artist, back when he was still in high school, Don drew a feature
"Sport Star of the Week" for the Arizona Tribune, in Mesa Arizona. Over the
years Don pulled a number of stints at newspapers. The two pages below are from a
newspaper or magazine called Arizona. Both pieces were done in 1973.
|This illustration for an article on
polygamy is a very nice pen and wash piece. This is the only wash piece by Don that I know
||This illustration was for an article
about a mother trying to explain the evil of Nixon and his band of thugs to her children.
As you should know, Don was also
a painter. His house was said to be filled with painting he had done. Although we would
later know Don for his science fiction, horror, romance and super hero paintings, Don did
a lot of paintings of other genres. Unfortunately, I only have a few examples of this
work. The painting below is identified only as "Landscape with Horseman and
Castle." I don't know when it was done, nor if it was for a specific commission.
As you can see, I wasn't kidding
when I said Don's house was filled with paintings. Every painting you see here was done by
One commission that Don took on
was for six religious painting, for the Hattie Kleinbrook Memorial Collection, in Mesa
Arizona. These paintings were turned into Christmas cards. The painting below is the only
one I have been able to find, and like all of the art on this page it comes to us courtesy
of Howard Siegel.
|The inside of the card read:
the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which
is Christ the Lord.
St Luke 2:10-11
The Art of Don Newton
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