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!
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Happy Sunday, dear reader! Today we take a look at the artistry of John Romita, Jr.! Above we see the original artwork for the cover of Uncanny X-Men #185 in which former bad girl Rogue absorbs Storm’s powers. This cover is misleading as the Storm actually allows Rogue to borrow her powers with her permission. This issue was quite the shocker as Rogue’s criminal past catches up to her. Storm saves Rogue from being shot by Henry Peter Gyrich who is armed with a power-nullifying gun (created by Forge). Storm’s powers are stripped from her and she falls into the Mississippi River and is saved, interestingly enough, by Forge. This begins one of the most unhealthy and codependent relationships in comics. Romita has a great handle on fashion and his depiction of Storm’s punk look is on target. Romita’s take on 1980’s fashion is evocative of the trends of those times, so one has to take that into consideration when judging Rogue’s costume. However, one of the best looks Romita gave Storm predates this comic by 5 issues…
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).
We’ve already looked at The Heroic Age: X-Men file cards of Storm and Emma Frost, and now we look at the rest of mutants who appear to be the official roster of the X-Men. These mini-dossiers are “written” by former Captain America Steve Rogers as he assesses every super-powered individual on the planet. Wolverine leads the pack. I find Steve’s worries about Wolverine to be similarly expressed in his writeup about Storm and her loyalties to the X-Men and the Black Panther. Hasn’t Steve been balancing his loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers and his country all of these years? Surely he knows people can belong to more than one organization and still fulfill their duties. What I find rather hilarious (in a purely hypocritical way) is how the former Captain (and World War II veteran) professes to be against Wolverine’s killer ways (and acknowledges that having him on the Avengers is bad publicity) but he chooses to ignore it because he’s a “valuable resource.” I suppose it would take a mind smarter than Steve’s to reconcile the paradox that is Wolverine. Wolvie is just one of the eighteen heroes (counting Storm and Emma)–who are considered active X-Men–looked at through the eyes of a super-soldier…
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!
I was a bit surprised to realize that I have not dedicated a Storm Sunday to the amazing linework of Olivier Coipel, an omission that will be corrected today! You’ve seen this variant cover of X-Men #1 (Volume 2)in all of its colored glory, now feast your eyes on the original pencils featuring Storm, Pixie, Wolverine, Emma Frost, Jubilee and Cyclops. Coipel never fails to make Storm look like a supermodel!
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!
“That’s the spirit.”
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!
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.
Gambit as drawn by STORM (after Jim Lee)
“Allow the surface noise to fade. I am here waiting.” ~Solus (The Faeries’ Oracle)
Today I had great difficulty putting my thoughts down, so I asked the Faeries’ Oracle for assistance in how to best approach my writing. I was very excited when I drew the bright fiery face of Solus, representative of Knowledge, Consciousness, Synthesis, and Spiritual Empowerment. His presence in a reading lends us energy, revitalizes us so that we may shine brighter than before. He reminds us that we are lightbringers. As I type this, I feel brighter than I did before I drew his card.