Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How true?

How true is this comic on the state of the current economy?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Huckleberry Hero Hump-Day


It's another Wednesday so here's Huck as two members of the ever popular Uncanny X-Men.
First he opens his visor as founding member Scott Summers.
Next doing the best at what he does, the enigmatic Logan.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Marvel's First Family

Some random drawings of the Fantastic Four. Two by Jack Kirby...

...and one by John Byrne.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More of Marvel's 70th Anniversary

Above is the logo that Marvel is using for their 70th Anniversary Celebration. I love that the figure heads are classic art. I'll see if I can identify the Artists.
Captain America is by Gil Kane.
Spider-man is by John Romita Sr.
Hulk is by Marie Severin.
Iron Man appears to be George Tuska.
Wolverine is John Byrne.
And Thor is by the King, Jack Kirby.

This drawing of Spider-man was originally done by Gil Kane. I forget where (the magazine) I got the original pencils from, But I inked the pencils and colored the figure.
Spider-man is my favorite Marvel character and favorite super-hero. He is the reason I became a"Marvel Zombie" and still am a Comic Book Fanboy.

This piece was done by Alan Davis for the upcoming Marvel 70th Anniversary Special Comic Book. Golden Age meets Modern Age - I love it!

'Nuff Said.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Huckleberry Hero Hump-Day

The Rocketeer

The Lone Ranger

This week Huck portrays a couple of Heroes that have appeared in all forms of entertainment, not just Comics.
First, with a specially designed helmet, Huckleberry poses as Dave Stevens' classic retro character, The Rocketeer. Although barley seen here on his back, The Rocketeer soars through the air with the help of a specially designed rocket pack and steers with the help of the "fin" on the helmet. The Rocketeer first appeared in comic books in the early 1980's and in a big budget action film in 1991.

Next is that great Hero of the Old West, The Lone Ranger. First appearing on Radio in 1930, The Masked Rider of the Plains is one of the most popular figures of Popular Culture. The Lone Ranger has appeared in comic books, film, television, a long running newspaper strip, and of course radio, the place of his birth.

Above I used a pose of Huck by the man who first drew him in comic books, Harvey Eisenberg. Every once in a while I like to use original art as inspiration or use a certain artists' style when drawing a character. I always make sure to acknowledge the artists' work when I use their style.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Captain America and Bucky

A painting I did of Captain America and Bucky taken from a panel by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in "Captain America Comics" issue #5, 1941

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Marvel Comics at 70

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Marvel Comics. In the fall of 1939 Marvel Comics (to be renamed Marvel Mystery Comics with issue #2) hit the newsstand and was an immediate success due to the two unusual Super-heroes, The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.
Why unusual? The Sub-Mariner, who was half man/half amphibian, was a Prince of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Prince Namor acted more like a villain than hero, avenging his undersea world against the surface dwellers who constantly abused the world's seas and oceans.
The Human Torch, who was not human at all, was an android whose body burst into flame when it was exposed to oxygen. The Torch was at first considered a menace to society and after capturing the criminal who tricked him into a life of crime, joined the New York City Police Department.
Timely Comics (as Marvel was known as back then) had two heroes based on fire and water and the two often clashed to the enjoyment of the early Comic Book reading public.
Their success was secured in the spring of 1941 when Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created Captain America.
In the picture above are the early Timely Heroes. How many can you name?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Huckleberry Hero Hump-Day

Indiana Jones

Luke Skywalker

Huck returns this week portraying two heroes from the Movies.
First is the whip-wielding adventurous archaeologist, Dr. Henry Jones Jr.
Next our Hound-Dog Hero picks up a light saber to portray the greatest Jedi Knight of all.

Incidentally "Star Wars" (and the sequels) and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (and all the Indiana Jones films) are my favorite movies. Drawing these Huckleberry Heroes was a real blast for me.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rocky and his Friends

The above sketch was an unused publicity drawing that I found in voice actor Keith Scott's book on the history of the Jay Ward Studio, "The Moose that Roared".
The name of the original artist was not listed and it was only a xerox of the original pencils. I had to do some "fixing" to most of the characters, making them look like they should and I also added the little Fairy from "Fractured Fairy Tales" and then inked the finished piece.