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Captain America, Han Solo & Batman with Bear

Chris Evans as Captain America

The Super Soldier Serum makes a man out of Chris Evans.

I am super excited about the upcoming Captain America movie!  I am a big fan of Chris Evans (I used to have a huge Fantastic Four movie poster of him adorning my wall–a buddy of mine got it for me from the theater he worked at) and can hardly believe how bulked up he’s become to play super soldier Steve Rogers.  I snagged the above image from Bleeding Cool (there’s more images at the link) who apparently nicked images from Entertainment Weekly.  Aside from the obvious beefcake factor, this movie looks to be incredibly dedicated to creating a believable environment and character.  I have goosebumps from some of the sets alone!

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Cosmic Boy by Mike Grell

Cosmic Boy by Mike Grell

Cosmic Boy is one of the three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes and has the power of magnetism.  He debuted wearing pink and then more pink and then debuted in the infamous corset look.  Above, Mike Grell recreates the signature look in a commission.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this costume.  Check out out these fun reader-designed costumes for the Legion!

Storm Sunday: Michael McDaniel

Storm by Michael McDaniel
While scouring the web looking for images of the X-Men’s resident weather witch, I stumbled upon the artwork of Michael McDaniel.  I did not find any personal information about this artist, and it doesn’t appear that he has any published comics work to his credit.  He seems to be primarily making a name for himself as a pinup artist.  The above image of Storm is definitely a more classic look for her, but with a touch more muscle than I am used to seeing Ororo portrayed (at least before she went punk rock).  I like the expansiveness of the pose and the way McDaniel illustrated her hair and tiara.  I do think the cape is a bit too small, but we can blame that on unstable molecules.  For another version of Storm by McDaniel check out SwanShadow’s blog.

Johnny Storm by Michael McDaniel
Here’s a whole ‘nother kind of Storm in the form the Fantastic Four’s resident hothead, Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch (as portrayed by Chris Evans).  I like the art board that McDaniel uses.  The texture gives his work a rough edge which is nicely contrasted with the smooth lines.  The design element of the yellow rectangle gives this image an advertisement vibe.
Shang Chi by Michael McDaniel
More beefcake is on the menu as McDaniel draws his version of Shang Chi, Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu!  Again, I really enjoy the pencil gradations.
Michael McDaniel Zatanna
DC’s Zatanna, Mistress of Magic is casting a spell on you in this sassy pinup.  McDaniel certainly has saucier versions if you are interested.
Superman B&W Pencil
Superman doesn’t seem to be in much of hurry to get into his full costume, does he?  Caught in mid-transformation, this image of Clark Kent is really all about the musculature (and maybe the pin stripes of his shirt).  I’m getting a definite 80s Nagel fashion illustration influence here.
Isis Pencil by Michael McDaniel
Oh, Mighty Isis!  McDaniel gets into depicting the intricate jewelry of this DC Comics’ heroine.  She looks resolute as she flies powerfully through the sky.
Conner Kent
One last slab of beefcake in the form of this Brandon Routh inspired Superboy.  Apparently, it’s very important that you check out his superhuman six pack!  If you are into good/bad girl/boy artwork, then check out more McDaniel artwork here.    Cheers!

San Diego Comic Con 2008 Spotlight: Todd Nauck

Todd Nauck is a super amazing artist who has worked on titles such as Young Justice, Teen Titans Go, and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (among many many others).  His creator owned comic, WIldguard is a rollicking superhero title combined with reality television and is a fun read!  I stalked Todd’s both at Artist’s Alley at this year’s San Diego Comic Con International (it wasn’t hard to do since he was a booth over from my buddy Mark Brooks) and after oohing and ahhing at Todd’s portfolios, I asked him to draw my favorite creation of his, Jun-Go (or is that supposed to be “Jungo”?).  Little more than an adventurous Tarzan analog, Jungo captured my heart for his heroic deeds during an alien invasion and his penchant for wearing very little.  When Todd asked readers to vote online for their favorite character, I made sure to vote from three different computers for this guy.  What can I say?  I like the underdog, especially if said underdog is in a loincloth.  Of course, he didn’t win.  That distinction went to Freezerburn, a character whose arms can manipulate cold and heat, respectively.  My thanks go out to Todd for this beautiful sketch!

Check out Todd Nauck’s site, his Deviant Art site and his MySpace or for more information about the artist and his upcoming projects!

Storm Sunday: Frank Cho

Frank Cho is known for his creator owned comic Liberty Meadows and for his penchant for drawing rather voluptuous women. Seriously, the man loves his curvy girls and isn’t ashamed of it! Good for him, I say. Here’s his take on our Weather Goddess:
Cho loves to draw some nude women, but it totally makes sense for Storm to run around naked. I mean, we have Jean Grey to thank that she started wearing clothes at all! Any of you remember when Storm first joined the All-New, All-Different team of X-Men and she went skinny dipping in Professor X’s pool? If you don’t, pick up Volume One of the Essential Uncanny X-Men (re-issued last week and on sale at fine comic book shops everywhere). Anyway, Storm’s streaking earned her a psychic mind blast from Charles and he made her go visit Jean Grey to go buy clothes. I rather liked Storm when she was innocent and modesty was irrelevant.

Here’s my favorite Black Panther cover by Cho:

I like how Africa is framed around Storm and how it and she are situated in T’Challa’s heart. Powerful, symbolic, clear and concise an image.
Frank Cho drew the cover for Storm and Black Panther’s wedding.

Newsarama’s Lisa Fortner wrote an interesting piece in which she analyzes the composition. I think some of her observations are worth thinking about. Is Storm just a supporting character to T’Challa now? Does this diminish her status as a strong X-Woman? Or does her strength of character plus his create a super couple worth rooting for? No matter your perspective, one thing’s for sure, the marriage is here to stay. Unless Storm’s a skrull.

Somebody better have written some slash about Iron Man and Captain America based on this pic and send it to me. That’s some stand off. Who blinks first?

Have you seen Cho’s idea of a hot Scarlet Witch cover? Wow. Yeah. It’s no surprise that Marvel went with this one instead. I’m all for nudity, but can we get some beefcake, too? Have to say his Ares designs were pretty off the hook. I’ve searched for a good image on the web, but this is the best I can find:

That’s Ares in civilian garb with Ms. Marvel in between him and Iron Man. Cho has done a lot work on Ms. Marvel as well. For a guy who loves drawing cabooses as much as he does, you’d think he’d realize that thongs are NOT comfortable and get a girl some coverage.

Cho recently drew some Avengers issues (Ultron becomes a naked girl, natch) and there was a LOT of derriere. My only gripe is that he gave Janet Van Dyne (the Wasp) a big ole caboose and she’s been established as being rather pixie-ish in build.

See what I mean? Jan’s not so slender anymore.

Woo! That’s a lot of T&A for this Storm Sunday. See you next week, dear reader!

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