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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!

Phantom Lady Interlude

20050611_phantomlady01Dear Reader,

Please forgive my three week absence.  My WonderCon reports have not been abandoned, simply postponed.  Please enjoy this lovely image of Phantom Lady until I catch up.  

Please stay tuned and thank you for your patronage.

STORM

I just noticed that this comic has an April cover date.  Coincidence or fate?  Probably both.

Storm Sunday: Arthur Adams, Part II

This Sunday, our featured artist is Arthur Adams!   Some of you dear readers may remember that I have shone the spotlight on Adams once before.  So, why revisit him so soon, especially since I’ve hardly scratched the surface on artists who have drawn Storm?

It’s rather simple.  He’s popular.  You folks have made my Arthur Adams post the highest rated post on my blog (by a considerably large margin, too!).  And when I found another piece of his artwork featuring Storm, I simply had to share it.
This cover of Classic X-Men #4 from 1986 depicts Storm fighting off the extradimensional N’Garai demons.  I spent many hours tracing this cover over and over again.  I’d trace Storm’s form to get a feel for female anatomy (I used a Green Lantern comic for male heroes) and then fill it in with my own character creations.

Notice how Adams chose to drawn Storm here.  He’s got the focus on Storm’s bewilderment with the demons.  Lots of signature Adams details like the demon claw hooked in Storm’s boot and another pulling her hair.  Storm’s body is pretty typical for a female superheroine.  She’s thin and tall.  But now compare her depiction with this artwork from 2004:
There’s a bit of a difference, yes?  Storm’s certainly more sexualized in the second drawing, even though her skimpy outfit is ripped in the first.  We get a double shot of boobs and butt here and boy, are they enhanced.  I think we’re meant to think that we’ve caught Storm turning her waist in mid-air, but there’s some severe curvature of the spine going on here.  I can’t deny its beauty, however, especially how Adams renders her cape and boots.  Also, Adams is one of the best artists to consistently get Ororo’s tiara drawn correctly.  He’s also given her wider lips and nose and larger eyes.  And that hair!  It goes on and on and on.  Love it!

Arthur Adams brings the full mohawk!  This rendition of Storm is from The Asgardian Wars storyline in which Loki convinces the then-powerless Ororo to take Thor‘s place as Goddess of Thunder.  You have got to read it!  It is one of Arthur Adams’ best and well-loved work featuring the X-Men and the New Mutants.

I love Storm in this costume as it combines some rather busy elements with a basic color scheme.  You’ve gotta love those giant wings on her headdress!

After you’ve read The Asgardian Wars, check out Jonni Future by Adams and Steve Moore from America’s Best Comics for some gorgeous artwork featuring a sexy and smart woman in some adventures reminiscent of pulp era adventures.

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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