“Phantom” artist Terry Beatty is the guest of honor for this weekend's Oafcon, a comics and collectibles convention in Oklahoma City.
The 2012 Classic Comic Book and Nostalgia Convention, hosted by the Oklahoma Alliance of Fans, will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S Meridian Ave. The show, called Oafcon for short, focuses on products and collectibles from 1900-1999.
Beatty draws the Sunday episodes of the adventure strip “The Phantom.” The long-running adventure strip began in 1936, and focuses on a mysterious crime-fighter in a fictional African country. Originally created by Lee Falk, the strip is now written by Tony DePaul.
Oafcon organizer Bart Bush said he was eager for Oklahoma City fans to get to meet the accomplished artist.
“We are most excited to have Terry Beatty, the current artist on the Sunday comic strip ‘The Phantom,'” organizer Bart Bush said. “Terry has been a mainstay in the comics industry since the 1970s ... one very busy guy we are thrilled to have at our show this weekend.”
With Max Allan Collins, Beatty co-created “Ms. Tree,” the successful independent comic book series about a female private eye.
Other collaborations with Collins include “Mike Mist,” “Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger,” “Johnny Dynamite” and “Return to Perdition,” a sequel to “Road to Perdition.”
“Terry Beatty and I are going to do a new ‘Ms. Tree' graphic novel when we can find the time,” Collins told The Oklahoman earlier this year. “ ... Also, First Comics plans to do the complete ‘Ms. Tree' in reprint collections.”
In addition to those properties, Beatty is also the artist of an upcoming comic from IDW Publishing, teaming up two comic concepts that have never before crossed paths: Popeye and Mars Attacks.
“Yes, it sounds crazy — and perhaps it is,” Beatty wrote at his blog, terrybeatty.blogspot.com. “Maybe that's the whole point. Martin Powell has written, and I am drawing, a ‘Popeye/Mars Attacks' crossover one-shot comic book for IDW.”