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'Phantom' artist to attend Oklahoma City convention

Oafcon welcomes comic book writers, artists, dealers and fans
by Matthew Price Published: November 9, 2012

Popeye was created by E.C. Segar in the comic strip Thimble Theater, first appearing in January 1929. The muscle-bound sailor gets a boost of energy from eating spinach. Mars Attacks, meanwhile, began as a card series in 1962 with art by Wally Wood depicting a Martian invasion of Earth.

“We're both huge Segar Popeye fans, so are going into this with much love and respect for the original comic strip — and will attempt to stay as close to the classic version as possible,” Beatty wrote. “We're also both crazy for '50s sci-fi, Wally Wood aliens and the original Mars Attacks trading cards. Martin's script shows that affection — and I hope my art (now in progress) will do the same.”

Beatty, who lives in the Kansas City, Mo., area, was also the primary inker of the DC Comics “animated-style” Batman comics for more than a decade. Those titles included “Batman: Gotham Adventures,” “Batman Beyond,” “The Batman Strikes,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and more.

Oafcon will feature a comic book creators' area to highlight local and regional comic creators, in addition to nationally known names.

This year's guests will include Jack and Carole Bender (“Alley Oop”), Kenneth Smith (“Creepy”), TV host Count Gregore, author Michelle Nolan, Larry Latham (“Lovecraft Is Missing”), Dustin Evans (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Hooligan”), John Wooley (“Shot in Oklahoma,” “The Miracle Squad”), Don Rosencrans (“Welcome to Ralton”), Mike Kennedy (“Celtic Knights”), Jackson Compton and Jerry Bennett (“Nadir's Zenith”) and more.

Go to for the complete list of guests.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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