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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VII

Paul Smith Wolverine

6 The Chariot: Wolverine

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ~Winston Churchill

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the EmperorNightcrawler as the Hierophant, and Rogue as the Lovers! This week we shine the spotlight on Wolverine as the Chariot!

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Be Mine, Heroic Valentine!

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This month in Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Storm and Wolverine celebrated their close friendship with a kiss (the cover above was drawn by Ramon Perez and colored by Laura Martin)! What this will lead to is anyone’s guess, but this isn’t the first time these heroes have locked lips.  I would not be surprised if these two strong willed individuals kept things to a “friends with benefits” situation.  They certainly have a strong chemistry together.  This issue also debuted the return of Storm’s mohawk as a symbol of her independence from her recently annulled marriage to Black Panther (see the image below from the same issue as drawn by David Lopez and Alvard Lopez).

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Heroic Tarot: The Complete X-Men Tarot Series

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Greetings, dear reader! Welcome to my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards!

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 numerological/feudal court energy contained therein.

I invite you to take a look at all of the cards featured and compare my comic-based interpretations with how they relate to traditional tarot definitions. Here they are in order:

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Super-Spotlight on Michael Golden!

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We continue our Michael Golden appreciation with more amazing artwork by the modern master!  Today we look at old school Marvel Comics images as well as convention sketches and commissions! Click below to marvel (pun intended) at Rogue (Michael Golden co-created her!) Doctor Strange, Clea, and more!  Above, 1980s Marvel heroes (and anti-heroes, we see you Punisher and Elektra) super-spar around a statue.

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Storm Sunday Extra: Cliff Chiang

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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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Storm Sunday: Brent Anderson, Part II

Brent Anderson Storm

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!

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Marvel Fanfare Portfolio by Rick Leonardi

Iron Man by Rick Leonardi

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!

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Storm Sunday: Arthur Adams, Part VIII

Storm by Arthur Adams

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!

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Wolverine by John Bolton

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John Bolton draws an amazing Wolverine!  This image is from 1986 and is reminiscent of Bolton’s style used in the Classic X-Men backup stories written by Chris Claremont.  I like the liberties Bolton takes with Logan’s strange mask.  The use of shadow is also strong, making the short in stature mutant look even more imposing.

X-Men Montage by John Byrne

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John Byrne’s X-Men legacy is forever and this amazing montage filled with the characters he helped make famous is proof positive!  Click on the image to make it larger.  Can you name everyone?

 

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