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Storm Sunday: “No, Scott, I Am Terrified! But I Shall Cope.”

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“That’s the spirit.”

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Once upon a time, Marvel and DC Comics used to play well together (or at least well enough to produce some amazing comics).  One of the comics they made together showcased the X-Men and the Teen Titans in a crossover that made history!  The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans was written by X-scribe Chris Claremont, drawn by Walt Simonson (a page of his excellent linework is above) and inked by Terry Austin.  Both titles were in their prime, being very popular at the time due to their excellent scripting and artwork.  The parallels between the two teams was amazing!  Both teams had cool level-headed leaders (Cyclops and Robin), larger than life women with big hair (Storm and Starfire) and young naive members (Kitty Pryde and Changeling).  The story combined the best that both comic companies had to offer and the stakes were high for both teams.

The plot consisted of Darkseid resurrecting Dark Phoenix for his own nefarioys power-hungry purposes and the team-up between comicdom’s most popular heroes (well, at least at the time) is a milestone for the ages.  I love the panel between Storm and Cyclops in which Scott asks about Ororo’s claustrophobia.  I loved it so much I made it today’s subject heading.  The line speaks to me because I am seeing many people around me right now looking truly terrified (myself included) and yet, I see them working with their challenges as best as they can.  This is a time to anticipate challenge rather than avoid it.  It is a time for heroes and the universe is asking for nothing less than our best.  This page celebrates the nature of Storm being able to move ahead in a strenuous time and rise above her fears.  We can do no less.

Today we look at the original artwork of many artists, including Rick Leonardi, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, Phil Jimenez, Sal Buscema and more!

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Barry Windsor-Smith Week: Tales of the Teen Titans

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I love to see behind the scenes of an artist’s creative process!  Sketches, thumbnails, doodles, what have you, anything that gives a glimpse into what happens before the final product is highly appreciated.  I find it fascinating.  So, when I found this Tales of the Teen Titans cover complete with original artwork and pencil sketch, I had to share!  Enjoy!

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Kole takes center stage in this image, somehow knocking Wonder Girl seriously off-balance.

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Compare this image to the final drawing to see how BWS decided to alter the drawing’s final composition.

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A relaxed take on the team “photo,” featuring Wonder Girl, Jericho, Nightwing, Cyborg, Changeling and Starfire.

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