Cliff Chiang is one of the most interesting artists working in comics these days! Don’t believe me? Check out his convention sketches on his blog for proof! His sleek clean lines are gorgeous and there does not seem to be a character that the man cannot draw! Above, a head shot of mohawk Storm begins our appreciation of Chiang. But there’s Storm as Janet Jackson, a fastball special, Marvel Girl and more after the jump!
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Greetings, dear reader! Today we celebrate the artwork of Brent Anderson! We have looked at this amazing artist’s work before, but once I discovered these original art pencils, I had to give him another spotlight!
Rick Leonardi is an artist whose issues of The Uncanny X-Men, Cloak & Dagger, The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing and Batgirl have made him a fan favorite. I vividly recall seeing his cover of The New Mutants #50 on the stands at a store in Rocky Mount, NC known as the Booktrader. This new and used bookstore trucked mostly in romance and science fiction novels, but had a healthy selection of Marvel and DC comics to lust over. I was instantly taken with the cover of Magik fighting for control of the other-dimensional Limbo from S’ym and a horde of demons.
The Rick Leonardi portfolio I am spotlighting today comes from the back pages of a 1982 issue of Marvel Fanfare (#12). Leonardi’s emphasis was on flying characters and he paired many of them with gorgeous renderings of aircraft. Iron Man starts things off, but we also get to see some of my all time favorites as interpreted by Leonardi, including Thor, Angel, the Silver Surfer, and Storm!
Once again, I am on an Art Adams kick and I hope you enjoy looking a the art of one of my favorite artists, dear reader! Above, we have a rather top heavy rendition of Storm in her classic Dave Cockrum costume, and below we have seven more amazing illustrations from the mutant master!
We recently celebrated the amazing Thor illustrations by Charles Vess from Marvel Fanfare #20. That same issue also contains some gorgeous artwork by Carl Potts featuring the luminaries of the Marvel Universe of 1985 such as The New Defenders, Doctor Strange, and Power Pack! That’s his rendition of the Hulk above. Run, puny humans, run! Let’s take a look at the rest of the “Pottspouri”, shall we?
Art Adams is one of my favorite artists and he certainly shaped my opinions about how certain Marvel mutants ought to be represented on the page. If you do a search for “Arthur Adams” on this blog you will come up with many posts celebrating his work. The fact that we’re on part seven of a series of posts featuring him ought to let you know how much we love his work here at stormantic. The above image of the poster he created featuring the 80s rosters of the X-Men and X-Factor is simply awe-inspiring. Click on the link to see more original art by a modern master.
Marvel recently sent out an Official Press Release about some pretty cool variant covers they have planned to celebrate their newest X-Men event:
Just in time for X-Men: First To Last, the next big X-epic from Chris Yost, Paco Medina & Dalibor Talajic, Marvel is proud to unveil new X-Men Evolutions variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite mutants and their iconic costume designs from every era! No fan can miss out on these great covers spotlighting the rich history of the X-Men while X-Men: First To Last gives fans a chance to relive the exciting action of Xavier’s first class and experience the thrill of Cyclops’ current team!
The amazing image of Storm through the years is by the underrated David Yardin! I am so glad that Marvel hired him to do this variant cover for The Mighty Thor #2. Now if they could get him to draw a Storm ongoing series, that would be a step in the right direction. I love the versions of Storm that Yardin chose to highlight. One subtlety I enjoy is how Ororo’s hands are channeling lightning in every version except for her mohawk self which represents her powerless period (though she started out with her powers when she debuted the ‘hawk). Storm’s is the best of the crop, in my not so humble opinion, but there were definitely some others that I enjoyed.
This Storm Sunday we continue our look at the X-Men artwork of Marc Silvestri where everyone is a beautiful supermodel! Above, Master Mold threatens to destroy Rogue while he holds Psylocke in his robotic clutches on this cover of The Uncanny X-Men #246! I am a huge fan of Rogue’s opera gloves, bathing suit and thigh high boots over her black body stocking. Never cared for Psylocke’s armored outfit with the cape, but I know it has its fans. Today we’ve got sexy new wave Dazzler, butterfly effect Betsy, impetuous Havok, ‘roided Lorna, lovers Destiny and Mystique, and X-Men lineups from the Australian Outback X-Men and Messiah Complex.
Greetings, dear reader! This post is the fifth in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Archangel!
The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories. The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation. I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path. This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.
One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Gambit is all of the Sixes, Beast is all of the Sevens, Bishop is all of the Tens, etcetera. Archangel is represented on the face of all of the Fives. The number Five represents change, action and challenge. Archangel certainly knows about change as he went from a billionaire playboy to X-Man to Horseman of Apocalypse (with membership in quite a few super-hero teams under his belt as well). He is no stranger to action either. When his original feathered wings manifested as a young adult, he posed as an angel in a wig and a dressing gown, and saved people from within a burning building. He has been saving lives as Angel, and taking them as Archangel, ever since. Alternating between his feathered winged form and his metallic winged form and the differences in personality that come with them is his challenge. At the time this deck was sold, however, Warren Kenneth Worthington III was trapped as the blue-skinned warrior with metallic wings and his previous life as the ebullient Angel was over. This is the man on whom we are focusing.