1980 - Anatomy of a Cover - What If #25
By Dave Simmons and Joe Rubinstein
It’s odd that the idea of the Avengers battling the gods was considered so impossible that it could only be featured in What If?Although they don’t specify which gods so maybe it features a battle scene of Jesus converting Iceman into wine so Tony Stark would drink him. In that case, I understand Marvel’s decision since that would’ve been very controversial since Iceman was not in the Avengers at the time.
Also: Thor is a lefty? Or are all the gods ambidextrous (except Tyr, of course)?
Silvermane hadn’t even had his morning coffee when he first learned about the indictment.Silvermane’s head is super fun to draw but I put him in his bathrobe because his body is waaaay too cybercomplicated to draw.
Getting ready for my reboot of #DEFENDERS.
Ol’ blue eyes
(P.S.—This piece is for sale at my original art blog) (UPDATE: Sorry, it was sold but feel free to check out the other pieces still available!)
For kicks I decided to redraw the cover of Marvel’s Star Wars #2 (I can’t find a confirmation of the original artist but Howard Chaykin drew the insides so I’m assuming it’s him).
The original is interesting on a few levels. Most obviously, this scene doesn’t quite happen but regular comic readers know to take their cover images with a grain of salt. Chaykin and company seem to have had limited access to reference material but I decided to use actual cantina patrons (and tried to match them as close as I could to Chaykin’s choices).
One interesting and enlightening thing you notice when doing recreations of other artists work is where and how they fudge. The lower left part of the cover is very tricky—a realistic depiction would result in an awkward tangle of Luke’s laser bolt, Ben’s legs, Dr. Pignose’s legs and so on. In the original, Chaykin went with having Ben’s lower torso just kind of disappear. I went with a similar layout, with Ben’s robes kind of a blending with shadows on the floor (and I’m in no way trying to diminish Chaykin here—the fact that I only really noticed this bit of business 36 years after seeing this cover speaks to the overall strength of the composition).
It also amused me to once again have poor Greedo once again getting fried despite already having the drop on his mark. Oh, Greedo! Will you never shoot first?
There are other aspects of my own choices I’m not entirely satisfied with but this was a heck of a lot of fun to draw so fuck it. If I could somehow figure out a way to do make a regular income drawing stuff like this I’d be a happy boy.
Marvel Universe No. 5
9 x 12” pen & ink
I’m selling this art to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane relief! $125. If you’re interested, e-mail me and we’ll make payment arrangements!
Marvel Universe No. 3
9 x 12” pen & ink
This drawing is for sale for $150, all of which will be donated to Red Cross Hurricane relief. E-mail me if you’re interested.
Hoping your Halloween is a NIGHTMARE!