Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marvel Universe Commission by John Buscema

I recently saw this on Joe Jusko's Facebook page...

A staggering commission done by Big John Buscema!  Nearly every character he worked on during his tenure at Marvel:  Conan (with Belit and Red Sonja), Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and many many more.  What lucky fan got this original to hang on their wall?  I'm envious.  Nuff Said!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Silver Surfer by Steve Rude

Classic Kirby-style space surfing by the Dude!

Nuff Said.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Mark of Gil Kane: Captain Marvel and Black Bolt, together!

I've always loved Gil Kane's renditions of both Captain Marvel and Black Bolt from the Inhumans.  A few weeks ago I noticed the original cover art for Captain Marvel #53 (1977) which featured both of these characters together!

Original cover art by Gil Kane, inks by Frank Giacoia and/or Esposito.  Pretty much two characters in flight, it must have taken Kane less than half a day to execute this one?

With the color it really pops as Black Bolt's all blue outfit stands out next to Marvell's mostly red tights.  Nuff Said.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What do these four 1975 Marvel debut issues have in common?

What do these 4 Marvel titles have in common?  They are seemingly random and unrelated save for one fact: they all debuted with an October 1975 cover date, which have appeared on newsstands in July 1975.

They were all green lighted during a lunch in 1975 with Len Wein, Tony Isabella and others.  Wein was given a mandate to expand the current Marvel line by 4 titles.  The story is told in this week's Nerdist Writers Panel Comics Edition podcast by Wein and Isabella - I highly recommend this particularly podcast to any Marvel fan.  Their memories are a bit shaky; Isabella remembers two of the titles being Black Goliath and Tigra as well.  However, I believe it is the above four as they came out during the same month and Goliath / Tigra appeared in 1976.

The funny thing is that when the green light for the four titles were given, John Verpooten immediately told Isabella he was behind the deadline!  Nuff Said.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Neal Adams: X-Men's Angel versus a Sentinel

Neal Adams did this nifty commission for a fan, featuring the silver age version of the Angel attacking a Sentinel!

Nuff Said.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Iron Fist versus Wolverine by Lee Weeks

They first met in Iron Fist #15 in 1977 and their first skirmish was a brief one.  We never got to see the K'un L'un kid unleash his weapon on Wolverine.

A brilliant commission by Lee Weeks.  Nuff Said!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thing Tuesday: Waking up with Ben Grimm

Having a hard time waking up after the New Year?  You're not alone.

The Thing smashing his alarm clock, of which he has over a dozen.  This is from the Marvel Fanfare special by Barry Smith.

The original art to this splash page!  Nuff Said.