Thursday, July 23, 2009

Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuits Part 2: Black Widow, Silver Sable, Val Cooper

How many more Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit pin-ups can I unearth from the Marvel vault?  Lo, this trio of lethal ladies, true believers!

Black Widow by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993

This Black Widow pin-up was the centerfold of the 1993 Marvel Swimsuit issue.  Natasha looks super lithe and sexy here, and a little bit dangerous as well.  I love how she's taken the clip out of her gun.  The rock formation on the background makes up a web pattern--very clever!  This is a great illustration, everything from the design, Natasha's facial expression, and the coloring are superb.

Black Widow by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993 bw version

Marvel fan Leo Yen owns the original art to this Black Widow pinup.  You can visit Len Yao's gallery at ComicArtFans to see more of his collection.

Silver Sable by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1995

From the 1995 Marvel Swimsuit issue, Hughes did this nifty illustration of Silver Sable getting ready to take a dive.  Notice that her one piece suit is silver and she's dangling a grenade around her neck.  Just in case Sable needs to blow up and underground lair while diving!  This piece really reminds of the work of Alphonse Mucha, who is an influence on many artists.

The next image from the 1993 Swimsuit special is my absolute favorite Adam Hughes pin-up, one that has burned itself permanently in my memory.  Can you name who it is without reading the caption?

Val Cooper by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993

This sneaky blonde is--Val Cooper from the 1990s X-Factor team!  A very obscure choice for a pin-up girl.  Val Cooper was the government liaison for Peter David's X-Factor team that consisted of Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver, etc.  Val wasn't a super-hero, and she dressed conservatively in the X-Factor comic.  I've no idea how the editors or Adam Hughes picked her for this issue.  But I find Val super sexy here, as she strikes a pose in this X-Factor themed bikini, hat, and trench coat.  The trench coat really seals the deal--anyone see that episode of Rescue Me where Andrea Roth surprised Denis Leary in a trench coat?  Perhaps this image is also a mark of the time period--the film Basic Instinct came out in 1992--Sharon Stone made deadly blondes very sexy back then.

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of my Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit retrospective.  Nuff said!

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