Last WonderCon, NPR Producer Stephanie Foo had one question on her mind: What was the first superhero that you created? She asked this question to many comic book artists and I was one of them. I found it rather serendipitous that she wanted to know about the heroes I created as a kid as I am drawing them now as an adult for my self-published memoir fantasy comic Princess Witch Boy! A week later, Stephanie wrote me, asking for images from my childhood of Replica, Velvet and Galaxy Runway and I was super psyched to share them with her and thereby the world! Isn’t the internet still a marvel at which to be in awe?!
I found Stephanie’s project to be quite extraordinary and I was excited that the pop culture zeitgeist of comics had reached National Public Radio in such a way as to warrant its own segment, but I had no idea about the level of comic brilliance in which I would be included! I have been a fan of David Mack ever since my first issue of Kabuki and the art of Paul Maybury is super inspirational (I’ve even blogged about him)! I adore Miriam Libicki and have much love for my fellow compatriot in Writers Old Fashioned Stephenny Godfrey! In fact, all of the creators involved are amazing and everyone shares some great stories! Listen to the interviews and watch the artist slideshow which compares the artists’ childhood drawings with their adult work. Episode 107 of Snap Judgment has more stories tied to the theme of Superheroes: Origin Stories.
I thought it might be fun to show you the images that Snap Judgment shared paired with their modern day representations.
This was the first image I ever drew of Galaxy Runway. Eagle-eyed comic readers (or longtime fans of this blog) might recognize Gigi’s pose from a certain Classic X-Men issue that I used to trace over many many times. You see, dear reader, that my Arthur Adams obsession is intricately interwoven with my adolescence. There’s just no escaping it. Who would want to?
And here’s Galaxy Runway as she appears today, fresh from her adventures in the back pages of SwankSpeak!, the magazine of San Francisco boutique/gallery Swankety Swank. Gigi (her first name) is joined by her travelling companion Mishkiva. Expect to see more of her soon as a new issue of SwankSpeak! will be coming out at the end of September. At the end of this year, I have plans to share the collected Galaxy Runway strips online.
This is the first drawing I made of Replica, shape-shifting super-spy of the Interstellar Data Coalition. She was traced from a drawing of Susan Storm, the Invisible Woman of Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four. The image was from The Official Marvel Comics Try-Out Book.
This is Replica’s modern version as seen in Princess Witch Boy issue #2. The cover above is from a Team Valor limited edition which has sold out. A new run (with a new cover and more interior art) will be on sale at San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo this October and available for purchase online after the convention.