The amazing Mike Wieringo passed away in 2007, but his artistic legacy lives on! I’ve written about how Wieringo’s death affected me, and how much I miss his individual take on comics, but I still think about him from time to time and think about how much poorer the industry is without him.
Check out this amazing sketch of X-Men from days gone by. I’ve included the above image because it contains a fresh take on Storm. I’ve never seen an artist cross her hands like this before to represent her controlling the weather. It is a bit reminiscent of Doctor Strange casting spells to me. I love his take on Colossus and Nightcrawler, but I think all of the characters benefit from his interpretation. I mean, who would have thought anyone could make Marrow look interesting? Here’s two more images from Wieringo, displaying his unique brand of adventure and whimsy.
It’s Peter Porker, The Amazing Spider-Ham! You like anthropomorphic funny animal super-heroes, right? Well, you’d like this one, trust me! It was a hoot!
Speaking of Spider-Man character spin-offs, here’s Amalgam Comics’ Spider-Boy! He’s a combination of Superboy and a clone of Spider-Man (it’s a fun story that combines several Marvel and DC Comics storylines and characters). Wieringo created him with Karl Kesel and if you can get your hands on a copy of Spider-Boy #1 I highly recommend reading it! It’s a fun story!
Mike drew this tribute to Brandon Graham‘s super awesome comic King City, a comic you really need to consider reading! I can see how Graham’s smooth style would be an influence for Wieringo. They both know how to make their lines seems effortless.
I leave you with this majestic portrait of Marvel Comics’ thunder god Thor! Many thanks to Mike for leaving such a wonderful body of work behind! The world is a little less bright by your departure. Blessings to him and his family (who have been very gracious and left his websites up for everyone to enjoy).