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Storm Sunday: Marc Silvestri, Part III

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Today we continue our look at the supermodel/superhero artwork of Marc Silvestri!  I have fifteen original Uncanny X-Men art pages for us to appreciate today, many of them featuring Madelyne Pryor and the Inferno crossover!  

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White Queen Wednesday: Olivier Coipel

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I turn the artist spotlight towards some truly stunning depictions of Emma Frost drawn by Olivier Coipel. He is without a doubt one of my favorite modern artists and his Emma is simply to die for. The head sketch above is perfection personified with a flawless face and fairly dripping with Emma’s trademark attitude.

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White Queen Wednesday: Stephane Roux

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. On Sunday, STORM spotlighted some lovely Storm artwork drawn by Stephane Roux. I love the first few issues of Zatanna’s current ongoing series he drew. So I thought I would share with you some equally appealing Stephane Roux drawings of Emma Frost as well. In the above image, Emma is wearing her White Queen outfit from her time with the Hellfire Club, although not for long since she has dropped her cape and is in the process of unlacing her corset. Naughty Emma!

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Storm Sunday: Mongolia X-Men Stamps

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Like many X-Men fans, I have fond memories of the 90s era X-Men cartoon back when Jim Lee was given free reign with the comics under then Marvel Comics editor Bob Harras.  Readers of Heroic Tarot Tuesday know that I am still using the characters and designs from that era in my Heroic Tarot readings.  I don’t know how I managed to miss out on these Mongolia X-Men stamps from 1995, but many thanks to C. B. Cebulski for bringing them to my attention.  Looking at the artwork, I think the most successful images are the ones of Bishop and Gambit, but they all have a certain something to celebrate.  The descriptions are kind of funny in a not on purpose kind of way, but they serve their function.  I find it interesting that the worth of each stamp increases from 30 Togrug or Tugrik (I am not making this up) to 250, with Bishop being the lowest and Wolverine eclipsing Professor X as the highest.  This sheet of eight is listed as Volume 1, but I am fairly certain there was never a Volume 2.  There was, however, a special edition sheet featuring Wolverine versus Magneto (below). 

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Storm Sunday: Yildiray Cinar

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Today we celebrate the artwork of Yildiray Cinar, an artist from Istanbul, Turkey.  Although Cinar works for DC Comics (currently penciling The Legion of Super-Heroes), today we look at the art of many (and I mean many) Marvel characters he drew for Rittenhouse Archives.  Usually, Storm Sunday focuses solely on our weather maven (and she’s in here, I promise), but she’s going to share the spotlight with her Marvel Universe compatriots.  I will list the names of the characters for the uninitiated, but comments will be sparse as we let the art speak for itself!  If you have a favorite, let me know in the comments.  Let’s go!

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X-Men Origins: Jean Grey by Mike Mayhew

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Jean Grey is best known as being (or being impersonated by) the Phoenix, but before her cosmic saga she started out as Marvel Girl, one of the original five X-Men!  Jean was gifted with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, making her potentially the most powerful X-men even without her later Phoenix powers!  The amazingly realistic and detailed model sheet above is drawn by artist Mike Mayhew.  His designs for the X-Men Origins: Jean Grey one-shot are very specific.  You can tell he really thought out the depictions of each character.  You can read writer Sean McKeever and Mayhew talk about their collaboration on this comic book on Comic Book Resources.  Let’s take a look at a few more pictures and appreciate Mayhew’s take on Marvel’s First Class!

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Age of X Character Designs by Clay Mann

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Momentum for Marvel’s Age of X is building!  Check out this interview with writer Mike Carey and this interview with Vice President Executive Editor Alex Alonso about what to expect (or not) in this new X-Men storyline!  Also, I highlighted an image from Age of X by Leinel Francis Yu in this post.  Since details about this crossover are few and far between, I am going to simply present the character designs by the awesome Olivier Coipel (thanks Comic Book Resources!) for twenty one of the characters with a few conjectures on my part.  Mostly, dear reader, I just want to oooh and ahhh at the gorgeous art with you!   In the image above, there’s a wide range of characters to investigate, but once I realized that the female characters are the same as my favorite four women from the Australian Outback days, I got really excited!  Storm, Dazzler (back to the short hair she used to have back then), Psylocke and Rogue?  Oh yes, please!

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White Queen Wednesday: La Belle et la Bête

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Today I discuss Emma Frost’s fast friendship with Henry McCoy, the brilliant bouncing blue Beast. After so much discussion of Emma’s animosities with characters like Storm, Firestar and Jean Grey, it will make a nice change of pace to talk about her much more pleasant relationship with Beast. It’s really no surprise that they’re such good friends, considering they share such sparkling intellect and wry wit. Beast has been one of Emma’s staunchest and most vocal supporters from the moment she first joined the X-Men, helping her understand the secondary mutation to transform her body into living organic diamond which she had recently aquired.

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Storm Sunday: “No, Scott, I Am Terrified! But I Shall Cope.”

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“That’s the spirit.”

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Once upon a time, Marvel and DC Comics used to play well together (or at least well enough to produce some amazing comics).  One of the comics they made together showcased the X-Men and the Teen Titans in a crossover that made history!  The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans was written by X-scribe Chris Claremont, drawn by Walt Simonson (a page of his excellent linework is above) and inked by Terry Austin.  Both titles were in their prime, being very popular at the time due to their excellent scripting and artwork.  The parallels between the two teams was amazing!  Both teams had cool level-headed leaders (Cyclops and Robin), larger than life women with big hair (Storm and Starfire) and young naive members (Kitty Pryde and Changeling).  The story combined the best that both comic companies had to offer and the stakes were high for both teams.

The plot consisted of Darkseid resurrecting Dark Phoenix for his own nefarioys power-hungry purposes and the team-up between comicdom’s most popular heroes (well, at least at the time) is a milestone for the ages.  I love the panel between Storm and Cyclops in which Scott asks about Ororo’s claustrophobia.  I loved it so much I made it today’s subject heading.  The line speaks to me because I am seeing many people around me right now looking truly terrified (myself included) and yet, I see them working with their challenges as best as they can.  This is a time to anticipate challenge rather than avoid it.  It is a time for heroes and the universe is asking for nothing less than our best.  This page celebrates the nature of Storm being able to move ahead in a strenuous time and rise above her fears.  We can do no less.

Today we look at the original artwork of many artists, including Rick Leonardi, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, Phil Jimenez, Sal Buscema and more!

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Storm Sunday Extra: Felipe Massafera

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Artist Felipe Massafera created this wonderful painting which features many classic X-Men heroes and villains.  Sharing center stage are Storm and Dark (!) Phoenix and just look at all of that hair!  I’m a bit baffled as to why Storm is wearing her classic costume while folks like Psylocke and Bishop are in their 90s era costumes.  And then there’s Phoenix in her red costume (which means she’s evil) instead of her green one (which means she’s good) just floating in the midst of the good guys.  It’s a bit jarring but every time I start to continuity nitpick, the sheer beauty of this artwork shuts me up my inner critic.

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