Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Here I go presenting my preliminary line art for my alien character, as featured in my popular poster print set
"ABE AND THE ALIEN", now on sale (see sidebar). This is part 2 where I highlight the two main characters B & W artwork, before I lavished glorious color and details and several realistic effects using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The full color, full sized 11" x 17" poster print is as stunning as it is beautiful as it is high-larious to see upon your very own wall...order your own 2-print set before they are sold out.

Set in some bizarre alternate universe, this alien lizard spaceman is a twisted surrogate for well-known Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth. As conceived by my considerably altered gray matter, this alien is in many respects an homage to the considerable Wally Wood space operas that appeared in various 1950's EC comics, as well as a touch of MAD magazine and underground influence.

Good Lord willing, there is a story written and pages laid out that will one day be completed and published, that is based on my original cover art concept. I will tell you more as this developes.

As you'll notice, I didn't need to finish the alien's entire body, meaning his legs (and tail?), since he would be depicted as emerging from the shadows behind Abraham Lincoln, preparing to deliver the fatal shot.
Click the image to relish all of my Art Adams-y Bill Stout-ish nit-picky details.
All images copyright by me.
Only lookie, no touchie...

Alien as colored and published on SLAM BANG #3 cover

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I am currently selling poster prints of my cover art of "ABE AND THE ALIEN"...
The only way you can see it in it's full-size, full color glory is to click on the link in the sidebar and buy it, or just email me at
to order your set of two poster prints (one 11" x 17" color and one 8" x 10" B & W).

The small sizes shown online don't do it justice, but I can give you an idea of what it looks like up close by posting some of the black and white preliminary detailed line art before the gorgeous color and other fine details were added. Click on the image above to reveal the detail lavished more clearly.

Today I'm posting my version of our 16th president, ol' honest Abe, depicted in his last happy moments as he watched the play "Our American Cousin" from his private box in the balcony of Ford's Theatre. He is smiling rather uncharacteristically, and I chose to render him thus for the following reasons:

1) the civil war which had begun at the very outset of his presidency was finally over, and the country was beginning to heal
2) the play he and his wife were watching was, after all, a comedy

so that is why he is smiling. Even though most of the photos we have of him show a rather grim face, it is well known that the man actually had a wonderful sense of humor, so, yes, he did smile on occasion. This was one such occasion. He had no way of knowing that perhaps an angry actor, or in this case, an angry alien lizard, was sneaking up from the shadows behind him.

Even though it is a stylized comic book representation, I tried to be faithful to reality by including his trademark facial moles, his odd shaped lower lip, and his rather bizarre ears (take a look at his photos...they are strange looking). My original layout included Mrs. Lincoln, but after several redesigns I concluded that I wanted to focus on Abe and that space constraints determined that my revision had no need for her in the shot.

For the next post, we'll take a closer look at the alien lizard out to assassinate him.
See ya then!

Abe as seen in color on SLAM BANG #3 cover


Just another reminder that when you see this signature you know you're getting a quality
Michael E. Wurl
artistic work.
Shown above in glorious grayscale, simulated 3D, created in Adobe Illustrator.


I am currently preparing to begin work on a number of exciting private projects for a new friend and client.
I will take this moment now to remind everyone that, while I am busy, at this time I am still available for taking submissions for your personally requested artwork, whether you are looking for a logo design, artwork for your website, a MEW-style rendition of your favorite comic character, or a portrait of yourself or a family member, or even something else.
Got an idea you want to see come to life? Just contact me via the email link on the sidebar, it's that easy.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Here's my take on colorizing a classic Wallace Wood story  "The Curse", originally published in black and white, appearing in Warren Publications VAMPIRELLA #9, in 1971. I believe it appeared in color in the 1986 WORLD OF WOOD #1 by Eclipse Comics, with coloring chores performed by veteran Steve Oliff. I decided to exercise my coloring skills by creating my own color version. I specifically did not refer to Oliff's version, consciously avoiding it, but chose my own color palette independantly. The incredible Wally Wood has ever been one of my artistic influences, and now I can jokingly say that I worked with him. Here is the first page. 

Friday, March 11, 2011


Digital art created for the awesome new band

This is the preliminary work for the front and back of their upcoming CD.
The back cover will eventually contain type copy for song listings, band members, and any essential copy.
More on this as details progress.
(The music on the CD is an excellent eclectic blend ranging from heavy guitar rock to classical to folk to symphonic, with great vocals and rap...if you love great guitar you'll enjoy it. On sale soon.)

This image is based on my own blogger graphic for my alternate i.d.
The Apocolyte.

I'm actually undecided as to which image should be considered the front cover and which should be the back.
Leave a comment if you have an opinion.


...And Remember...

...You can commission your own original artwork, any style,
for your wall, your website, or whatever!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I've had a lot of people asking about my cover art for SLAM BANG comics, so due to popular demand I will be releasing a limited edition set of beautiful and unique poster prints.

Now available -  you can order your own set today by emailing me at .

Each set will consist of two high quality poster prints:
One full color 11" x 17" and one B & W faux photo 8.5" x 11".
This print run will be limited to 250 print sets.
The initial price will be $29.95 per set  --  What a bargain!!

Suitable for framing, these gorgeous images will look amazing hanging on the wall of your home office, work cubicle, living room, dining room, and/or bathroom!  I recommend one for every room in the house!
They also would make wonderful gifts for that certain someone you really care about  --  namely, yourself!

Originally published as the cover to SLAM BANG #3 in 2007, this image is my playful take on the issues theme of 'Mostly True Stories', and depicts our 16th President enjoying a final show at Ford's Theatre as a would-be alien assassin creeps up from the shadows!

These are sure to become collector's items - order yours while you can NOW!