Monday, July 30, 2007
Yes, sir, Mr. Arnim Zola. This crazy guy is another Kirby creation, almost as cool as MODOK himself. Zola is a kooky Nazi biochemist and enemy of Captain America. Oh yeah, he has an antenna/camera for a head and his face is a screen on his chest. Very chic.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The Avengers, as they appeared in the first issue. I was toying around with idea of doing a simplified, cartoony comic of early Marvel issues. These were to be the initial character sheets of the characters, hence the stiffness.
The Astonishing Ant-Man!
The Wasp, with that original head doohickey!
The Invincible Iron-Man!
The Mighty Thor!
...and the Incredible Hulk! Hulk Smash Puny Bloggers!
This piece was inspired by an editorial in the New York Times. I wish I had a link to the article, but alas. Anyway, hope to do more editorial pieces and beef up that part of the ol' portfolio. Judge Judy is so hot.
I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?
-Inspector Harry Callahan, "Dirty Harry" (1972)
This piece I did as a quick reply to an e-mail that contained an unusual news story. The cat-like animal depicted above is called a civet, which forages for ripe coffee berries on plantations in Asia. Apparently, they crap out the coffee bean which is harvested and makes a mean cuppa' joe (something about their digestive enzymes). Anyway, I figured why not go straight to the source?
Here's one from awhile ago. This piece I did for my friend's site, boobyhatched.com, which he started to showcase various illustrators' work. Unfortunately, due to lack of participation (even on my part), it closed down. This piece was part of a group showing with the theme of "cereal".
The dude responsible for the site, Andy Smith, is a talented fellow and a great inspiration and motivator. Look for a link to his blog on my "Links".
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Another Kirby designed character: Klaw, Master of Sound. He's kind of a tool, but I love the way Kirby designed his face, possessing a similar "H" shaped mouth to Dr. Doom's.
Here's Iron-Man in his original, bulky costume. I added the classic logo and the publication bits that appeared back in the day.
Sorry for the late posting, but here's a little MODOK for you. Perhaps one of the strangest villains ever created, MODOK (an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) is a masterpiece of the genius that is Jack Kirby. What's more terrifying than a giant, floating head? Perhaps my unexplainable fascination with said character.