I illustrated a tribute to one of my friends who passed away in July. Dale Pople was a friend from my old Zetaman days. He kept in contact through social media long after I retired. He was a huge supporter of Totally Naked Man. At one point we were talking about putting together a Totally Naked Man package for Adult Swim. Dale’s influence is found in my comics. The story of S’p’r H’ro is a theme in Holly Wood: Space Diva. The spaceships in Zetaman is a recycled design from a movie project of Dale’s.

A writer friend of mine wrote a good blog about Dale at https://teakrulos.com/2020/07/20/death-of-a-superhero/.

Dale was always a supporter of other people. He supported their projects and their personal growth. I wish I had more words. I don’t know what else to say except I will miss him. And thank you, Dale, for the impact you’ve made in my life.

Superhero and the Real Life Superheroes.

Years ago I submitted this illustration for a Wizard Magazine competition. It is a Soviet version of Captain American. My dad is a Russian linguist, so he helped me with the design. This is Comrade Communism. I think I might revise this for a future story.

Comrade Communism, a Soviet Captain America.

One of my brothers found a few old drawings while cleaning my parent’s garage. There was an early version of Totally Naked Man Red and Blue. The villain was not The Yellow Skull but a techno nerd dude name Zotloar. I don’t know what happened to the other pages.

I don’t remember when I did this. I want to say 1997ish?

An old version of Totally Naked Man Red and Blue.

The next Totes the Webcomic story is a homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created one of the few indie comics that is as famous as Marvel and DC comics.

Homage to the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cover, by Illya King
A homage to the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic created by Kevin Eastman.