In celebration of this week’s release of the all new first issue of Wonder Woman drawn by Cliff Chiang (and written by Brian Azzarello), today we feature this amazing sketch of Black Bolt and Medusa, King and Queen of the Inhumans! Enjoy!
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!
Marvel Fanfare Monday was supposed to only run during the month of September, but I simply cannot keep some of these pinups to myself! Therefore, dear reader, here are four more amazing drawings from Marvel Fanfare! Enjoy! As always, click on the images to view them larger.
Clea, lover and disciple of Doctor Strange, as drawn by Steve Leialoha in Marvel Fanfare #45. Looking a bit bemused or perhaps concerned, Clea flies through the dimensions with grace and beauty (She definitely spends more time on her hair than the rest of us). I have always loved the circles on her Steve Ditko designed tights. Her costume is pure geometric perfection and Leialoha has certainly showcased it well in this image. However, as much as I lam loving Clea, my eye is more drawn to the alligator-like creature floating above her. That detail, the costume and the hair keep me coming back to this piece again and again.
Nightmare, ancient enemy of Doctor Strange, by Mike Mignola. This is the perfect Marvel character match for the creator of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. Nightmare is serving diabolical times ten with his shadow sunken face, evil grin, and skull collection. His dilapidated mount only adds to the creepy factor.
Charles Vess paints a lovely portrait of Medusa and Black Bolt, Queen and King respectively, of the Inhumans. This image is taken from Marvel Fanfare #45, long before the recents calamitous events of the War of Kings event. Here are happier times, indeed. Medusa’s billowing hair whipping at the clouds is an amazing design element and I like where Vess chose to place the sun because I see it as illuminating the heart chakras of the characters. The sun is highlighting their solar plexuses. I saved my favorite for last. This is Magik, little sister to Colossus and member of the New Mutants team (Kinda like Junior X-Men, but lately really stepping up). Magik is a sorceress in charge of a demon realm which is the nexus of her teleportion powers. Teleporting is her mutant power. This image is by the critically acclaimed Bill Sienkievicz from Marvel Fanfare #45. Go read Elektra: Assassin right now.
This Marvel Fanfare Monday we celebrate the lush linework of Colleen Doran! The pinups presented today were scanned from Marvel Fanfare #38. In that issue, Colleen Doran also illustrated a backup story written by Jo Duffy featuring Dazzler and Rogue. It is a gem of a tale in which Rogue steals a musician’s power to play backup for Dazzler so they can save the day (naturally). It’s a bit like the X-Men meet Gem and the Holograms. I enjoy Colleen’s pencils on anything, whether it’s her creator owned epic saga A Distant Soil, art for Sandman, Lord of the Rings, or Legion of Super-Heroes. I found an article about her from Comic Book Resources, but be sure to check out her blog as it is chockfull of amazing things to read!
Above we have a lovely portrait of Medusa and Black Bolt, King and Queen of the Inhumans. Rarely is Black Bolt shown in such a relaxed manner. It is particularly bittersweet to see the happy couple so in love after reading War of Kings, Marvel’s cosmic crossover saga, just a week or two ago. Don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read the series yet (I definitely recommend it), but let’s just say these two characters won’t be lolling about in the flower garden together anytime soon.
Balder the Brave from Thor is in deep reflection looking every bit the noble born warrior that he is. I love everything in this image, down to the smallest of details (for which Doran is famous)! Balder had his own mini-series in 1985 the contents of which have just been published in a premier hardcover. You can’t go wrong with this book, dear reader. The amazing Walt Simonson wrote and drew the entire thing!
Longshot is one of my top 5 favorite blonde crushes in the Marvel Universe and I absolutely adore how Colleen Doran portrays him in this image. I always loved Longshot’s joyful naivete combined with his beginner’s mind approach to life. Drawing him surrounded by nature makes a lot of sense to me as does having butterflies fly all around him. They would be a great spirit totem for such a free spirit! And say what you want about the mullet, but I like it here.
I saved my favorite image for last as it features Magik, teleporting sorceress of the New Mutants (easily my favorite member of that group with Danielle “Mirage” Moonstar and Doug “Cypher” Ramsey)! This is one of my favorite pinups of Illyana Rasputin of all time because amazing attention is given to the character in every way! The stance suggests her mastery, her expression shows her strength, the artifacts represent power and every bit of arcane design gives the reader insight to the complexity that is Magik!