Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential creators in the medium. He created (or co-created) many of the super-heroes who are experiencing success on the big screen today such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so many more. In his biography of Jack Kirby in his book Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Evanier writes, “Jack Kirby didn’t invent the comic book. It just seems that way…He was, in fact, a storyteller and innovator, first and foremost. A modern-day Aesop, creating myths and fables for the generations to come. After over fifty years in the field, he never ceased creating, nor did he show any signs of running out of ideas.”
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In the early 1970s, Allan and Roberta Ehrlich co-founded The Third Eye and produced an assortment of blacklight products. Among them were blacklight posters featuring Marvel super-heroes. Today we are taking a look at three of them specifically featuring the art of Jack Kirby
Last night I had a dream about a walking giant made entirely of mud. It was crudely formed, kind of a cross between Clayface from Batman and the Thing from The Fantastic Four. It shambled around here and there, with blank eye sockets and a cavernous mouth. Strangely enough no sound came from it. Then the dream shifted to a flat plateau in which I was looking up at the Tree of Life (from the Kabbalah) rising up from the earth into the cosmos. Each sephiroth shone brightly in between the branches. Then I saw an image of Jack Kirby as if he were travelling around like Doctor Strange in astral form. He said the word “golem” and then vanished.
I woke up with that word emblazoned on my mind. A golem, according to Jewish folklore, is an animated anthropomorphic being created by magic. The word “golem” in Hebrew means “shapeless mass.” Some legends say that a golem is made out of clay, formed into a shape of a human, and then brought to life by a magic alphabet and the secret name of God. Adam from the Bible stories is called a golem for the first twelve hours of his existence because golem can also translate to “body without a soul.”
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is my practice to have a sketch book on my person to record my thoughts or draw ideas. I am one of those creatures who believes that when the Muse strikes, you must write it down or you deserve the forgetfulness that follows. This rather peculiar perspective has amounted to a small library of my own journals, bursting with half-formed dreams, unfinished watercolors, notes from books I have read and theories on the Tarot, numerology and astrology. There are also sketches of wildflowers, superheroes and gods. Sometimes I tape in an inspirational postcard or magazine page. A few movie theater stubs are scattered here and there with names scrawled beside them, fellow attendees of that moment in time. From time to time, I do open one of these books and find renewal. Mostly, I use my journals to keep me firmly grounded in the present lest my head explode with all of the incoming information. I like to consecrate each new book with a collage of images that will serve me with fuel until I fill up its contents. A plain unadorned book simply will not do. I have to cultivate the personality of the tome before I can interact with it. So many blank pages can be daunting otherwise.
Recently, I made four sketch books, imbuing them with specific stories and spells, and realized that none of them were for me. I had made them for someone else! I now present them to you and if you feel so inclined as to desire one for your self or a loved one, you may do so in the stormantic Magick Shop! You can also click on the titles of the books to get to their individual sale pages. Otherwise, please enjoy my humble presentation.
Last year I spent a few months in the desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was surreal to witness the beauty and wonder of that land. Every night I drank in the sight of never-ending constellations. Morning and night the the sun rose and descended in majesty, wearing the prismatic robes of cloud formations. During this time I continued working with my Heroic Tarot clients, but by phone instead of in person. This separation forced me to focus and hone my energies in more direct ways. It made me a stronger reader. When I returned to San Francisco, I found myself drawn to watercolor, due in part to the desert palette of New Mexico. I worked furiously to bring visions of strange creatures to life on paper. The first of these beings I dubbed “The Progenitor.” This work (seen below) lived up to his name, spawning ten more images. It was only after some time had passed that I started to see these beings as manifestations of planetary influences. Mars (the image above) was the second image, then Venus, then Uranus. I realized that I was channeling galactic ambassadors.
The Alien Progeny Series is a collection of ink and watercolor portraits investigating planetary energies from the perspective of the supernatural. Each creation provides a medical intuitive map of their intergalactic composition. Each is for sale (except for The Progenitor which is already in a private collection) in the stormantic Magick Shop (simply scroll down to see them all).
Yesterday I shared one of my two pieces of artwork from the new art book Transmetropolitan: All Around the World, celebrating the acclaimed comic by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson! We looked at the two boy prostitutes Matt and Luke from Transmetropolitan #40. The above image was based on the young girl sex worked that was friends with the boys. She is never named in the comic and as such has an air of mystery around her. The above image was drawn and by Yours Truly and colored by the fantastic Allen Passalaqua! Below I share my original inks, some reference from the Transmet issue and my preliminary sketches for the piece.
I fell in love with the art of Stephanie Buscema the first time I saw this rendition of Susan Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman. Stephanie has been trained in traditional brush work techniques (without computers! *gasp*) and her work invokes mid-century illustration and design. Buscema’s work can be sweet, sexy, or quirky, and oftentimes all of the above.
Stephanie recently tweeted the above painting of Storm and I fell in love with her work all over again. Stephanie understands the construction of Storm’s tiara (something near and dear to my heart as regular readers of stormantic already know), she did not forget the ruby on her cape, and she gave Ororo some great lip color that cosmetics diva Iman would be proud to wear (see Wild Thing). Those arched eyebrows and curved eyelashes bring glamour and authority and I adore the bronze shimmer on her eyelids. I can only hope Stephanie gets a chance to paint mohawk Storm as well!
The art of Marc Silvestri was a huge influence on me as a young man. I fell in love with his leggy supermodel heroines and glamour infused narrative style. His mohawk Storm, tanned Dazzler and corrupt Madelyne Pryor are forever burned into my brain. He has a way of making everyone, men and women, so pretty. So, it’s a bit strange that I haven’t had a spotlight on him since this post in 2008! Let’s rectify that omission by looking at a lot of original artwork! Above, we see the X-Women take some time to relax in a tropical paradise. From left to right, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel (above), Meggan, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed. That’s a bevy of bathing beauties!