This Sunday, our featured artist is Arthur Adams! Some of you dear readers may remember that I have shone the spotlight on Adams once before. So, why revisit him so soon, especially since I’ve hardly scratched the surface on artists who have drawn Storm?
It’s rather simple. He’s popular. You folks have made my Arthur Adams post the highest rated post on my blog (by a considerably large margin, too!). And when I found another piece of his artwork featuring Storm, I simply had to share it.
This cover of Classic X-Men #4 from 1986 depicts Storm fighting off the extradimensional N’Garai demons. I spent many hours tracing this cover over and over again. I’d trace Storm’s form to get a feel for female anatomy (I used a Green Lantern comic for male heroes) and then fill it in with my own character creations.
Notice how Adams chose to drawn Storm here. He’s got the focus on Storm’s bewilderment with the demons. Lots of signature Adams details like the demon claw hooked in Storm’s boot and another pulling her hair. Storm’s body is pretty typical for a female superheroine. She’s thin and tall. But now compare her depiction with this artwork from 2004:
There’s a bit of a difference, yes? Storm’s certainly more sexualized in the second drawing, even though her skimpy outfit is ripped in the first. We get a double shot of boobs and butt here and boy, are they enhanced. I think we’re meant to think that we’ve caught Storm turning her waist in mid-air, but there’s some severe curvature of the spine going on here. I can’t deny its beauty, however, especially how Adams renders her cape and boots. Also, Adams is one of the best artists to consistently get Ororo’s tiara drawn correctly. He’s also given her wider lips and nose and larger eyes. And that hair! It goes on and on and on. Love it!
Arthur Adams brings the full mohawk! This rendition of Storm is from The Asgardian Wars storyline in which Loki convinces the then-powerless Ororo to take Thor‘s place as Goddess of Thunder. You have got to read it! It is one of Arthur Adams’ best and well-loved work featuring the X-Men and the New Mutants.
I love Storm in this costume as it combines some rather busy elements with a basic color scheme. You’ve gotta love those giant wings on her headdress!
After you’ve read The Asgardian Wars, check out Jonni Future by Adams and Steve Moore from America’s Best Comics for some gorgeous artwork featuring a sexy and smart woman in some adventures reminiscent of pulp era adventures.