February 19, 2013


Richard Sala, the maestro of macabre mystery, recently completed two tasty collections of his usual rogue's gallery of ghouls and detectives. Autumn and Evil is an alphabetical series that came together beautifully in glorious ink and watercolor. This first image reminds me of Diabolik and of the ID badges from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. You can see his Autumn and Evil gallery here

Richard's second series of 40 portraits is called Richard Sala's Skeleton Key. In this batch we find characters deeply embedded in fun mystery conventions. You'll see red-hooded baddies, cat burgler ladies, and a host of others that spring from his pulp-like imagination. Sala came in at #5 in our 2012 top-ten post, where we reprinted our interview about his love of vintage characters, like Mrs Peel of The Avengers, Fantomas, Dick Tracy, Judex, 007, and more!

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