Today I was drawing the X-Men and I was looking at back issues for inspiration. I kept returning to the issues drawn by the late great master Dave Cockrum. There’s just something fascinating about his linework! I couldn’t ask for a better artist to emulate. Here’s some images that I found from his tribute website. I encourage you check out more of his work. Here’ some of my favorites below!
The whole gang is here in this classic look at the X-Men. Now that I think about it, I think my favorite X-Men from this era are the top three in this image.
Avengers Assemble! Well, at least three of them took the time to show up. Hawkeye, Goliath and Black Widow look positively dynamic in this piece. I’m not keen on the random shape behind them, but I’m sure Dave had his reasons.
Once upon a time, Mantis and the Swordsman were newlyweds! Now Mantis is green (Does anyone know how that came about?) and a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Swordsman is no longer among the living. There’s that distracting shape in the background again. Grrr.
The Vision and Captain America arrive late to my Avengers Assemble call. Better late than never as they say. I’m loving how haunted the Vision looks and Cap’s expression is priceless. I think the circle works better here than the amputated triangles shown in the two images above.
It’s a Knight! Of horses? Or maybe he’s the Rook! Could he be the Rook Knight? Does he have special chess powers? I don’t know. However, I really love the design of this character from his winged helmet to his science fiction boots. Cockrum knew how to design a costume, sometimes merging seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive whole!
Cockrum’s creation, the amazing Nightcrawler, is having a bit of a hard time in this last image. Dave obviously had a great sense of humor. The inclusion of the vulture is simply too funny!
Thanks for checking out Dave’s art with me! I hope it inspires you like it has me!