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Month: December 2010 (Page 2 of 4)

Doctor Strange by Yildiray Cinar

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Doctor Strange as drawn by Legion of Super-Heroes artist Yildiray Cinar!  This version of the good doctor is a grand gesturing guignol!  By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, I love it!

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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“Comics are the literature of outcasts…” ~Ta-Nehisi Coates

Read this post on Robot 6 at Comic Book Resources (which will lead you to this article) and then give some thought to this reader’s comment:

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White Queen Wednesday: The Outfit

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Forget the affair, the drugs, the drinking and the villainous history. Easily the most controversial element of Emma Frost’s character is her signature scandalously skimpy sartorial style. Emma’s penchant for revealing costumes is well documented, ever since she first strode onto the scene sporting little more than lingerie and a cape.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Iceman

Iceman by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the third in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot.   Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Iceman.

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, Rogue is all of the Fours, Archangel is all of the Fives, Gambit is all of the Sixes etcetera. Iceman is represented on the face of all of the Threes.   The number three represents growth, self-expression and expansion.  This is interesting in relation to Iceman because out of all the original five X-Men, Bobby Drake would at first glance appear to have progressed the least in terms of character growth and power set.  Jean Grey became the Phoenix and died and returned and died again, Angel lost his feather wings and gained bladed wings as Archangel and is now capable of transforming into both forms, Beast went from a smart guy with big hands and feet to a furry Beast (at one point losing and regaining his intelligence) and then his secondary mutation transformed him into a cat-like beast and Cyclops once merged with Apocalypse and is now a taciturn general of all mutants.  Although his artistic representation has varied over the years, Iceman has remained relatively the same.

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Storm Sunday Extra Extra: Storm by Colleen Doran

Storm by Colleen Doran

I have the pleasure of owning an original sketch of our weather Goddess in her punk rock glory by the amazing Colleen Doran, but I was drooling with envy when I saw this sketch of Storm in her more traditional 90s era aspect.  This version of Storm is regal, refined and reserved.  At first she seems stoic, like she’s carved out of marble, but that slightly arched eyebrow gives us just enough information to know that there’s emotions roiling below the surface of this placid beauty!  And that gem is gorgeously rendered!  I recommend you check out Colleen’s website and read pages from her epic A Distant Soil.  Last year, I posted Colleen’s awesome pinups from Marvel Fanfare and I wrote a bit about meeting her in 2008.  We’ll be taking a look at more of her work in the near future.

Storm Sunday Extra: Storm Soars In Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

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I recently blogged about Storm’s playability in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but I couldn’t find a full version of her complete image for the game.  So, here it is!  Enjoy!

Storm Sunday: Pteranostorm

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Dinosaurs and X-Men definitely have a history.  I have lost track of how many times our mutant heroes have traveled to the Savage Land and battled our ancient ancestors.  However, dinosaurs plus the X-Men?  Suddenly I am swamped with visions of the dinosaur version of Rachel Grey/Summers–known as R’chel–and I want to wash  my brain.  That character was certainly…ahem…memorable.  Luckily for us, the artist known as Legitimus Maximus understands that mutant dinosaurs should be dinosaurs first and mutants second.  His growing collection of superheroes as dinosaurs is humorous and celebratory.  I think you’ll want to check them out.

X-Fan will want to see his dinosaur versions of Nightcrawler, ColossusWolverine, Cyclops, and Gambit!

White Queen Wednesday: Jae Lee

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Greetings, gentle reader. This week I present you with several illustrations of Emma Frost by Jae Lee. I like the dreamlike quality of this cover for the upcoming Wolverine #6, the start of a storyline titled Wolverine vs. The X-Men. It certainly looks like the X-Men’s current ruling council (which consists of Emma Frost, Cyclops, Namor and Magneto) have it in for Wolverine judging by this image.

There is a delicately ethereal and uncharacteristically girlish quality to Jae Lee’s depiction of Emma Frost. She looks less like the malevolent evil queen and more like a ruddy-cheeked fairy princess, an unusual yet interesting interpretation.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Jubilee

Jubilee by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the second in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot.   This post spotlights Jubilee!

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, Iceman is all of the Threes, Rogue is all of the Fours, Archangel is all of the Fives, etcetera. Jubilee is represented on the face of all of the Twos.   The number two brings the gift of balance through partnership, with another or ourselves.  As the quintessential sidekick, Jubilee represents the energy required for cooperation through patience.  Even with her flippant attitude and bubblegum popping habit, Jubilee cares far more than she truly lets on.  She can be counted on to do the right thing even when the stakes seem insurmountable.

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