Susan Storm Richards, aka the Invisible Woman is my favorite member of the Fantastic Four and one of my favorite leading ladies of Marvel Comics (What’s that? You were expecting as different Storm?). This original art piece by Adam Hughes does this powerful and beautiful super-heroine justice! And I am loving that he used the old school Fantastic Four logo. If everyone drew the FF costumes this wonderfully, there would be no need for redesigns. Besides, there’s something more sexy about a female character dressed from head to toe. It’s a nice departure from all of the midriff belly shirts out there which I find ridiculous (I’m looking at you, Supergirl!). Seriously, retro is so post modern now that it’s positively fashion forward. Let’s get back to basics! Oh yeah, and Susan’s hair is looking fabulous!
Tag: Invisible Woman
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!
An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Welcome, gentle reader. The subject of this week’s White Queen Wednesday was brought to my attention by my buddy RJ Danvers. Before he pointed it out, I had no idea that Emma Frost appeared in last week’s Fantastic Four #584, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. But after I read this issue I felt like her interaction with Susan Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman, was worth sharing with you as well. Although brief, their little moment drips with hidden meaning and subtle characterization.
Adam Hughes is often called a modern master for his depiction of beautiful women and this post is just one more testament to his artistic abilities! Whether he’s rocking the covers on DC Comics (like Catwoman, Power Girl or Wonder Woman), commemorating the many girlfriends of Spider-Man or illustrating pop culture icons (like She-Ra, Chun Li or Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam Hughes brings the goods!
The above incredible image of Storm is from Adam’s Deviant Art site and the note from Allison Sohn reads, “Another piece from Adam’s upcoming sketchbook. The amazing thing, I think, about this piece is that there is no real color used. Adam rendered this one with both warm and cool gray scale markers. Together, they read like desaturated color.”
Storm and Jean Grey from the Grant Morrison era.
The winsome Wasp kicks off this collection of Adam Hughes Women of Marvel art cards, followed by Storm (the next three), The Invisible Woman, Mary Jane Watson/Parker (the next three) and ending with Polaris! Fantastic illos of these awesome characters!
Have you read the WildC.A.T.s/X-Men crossover? Adam Hughes did the interiors for issue #3 and his cover featuring Voodoo and Wolverine is simply stunning!
Phoenix takes center stage flanked by Rogue (also here) and Psylocke (also here)! Be sure to check out this amazing Kitty Pryde sketch and this Black Queen illo (Jean Grey) for more X-Women goodness!
Artwork by Dave Cockrum & Sam Grainger (The Uncanny X-Men #96)
While I compose my recollections from last week’s amazing WonderCon weekend, I offer up these unrelated images of Storm for your perusal. I was rereading the issue from which the above image is taken and remembering the fight between Storm and Polaris. How come Ororo is able to defeat Lorna when her powers never stand a chance against Magneto? Is it because Lorna is mind-controlled? Is it the strength of Storm’s will? Or does it just depend on the writer? Don’t get me wrong, I want Storm to mop the floor with Polaris (who I also love very much), but something about it doesn’t make sense to me. Your opinion?
Artwork by Jo Chen (Girl Comics #3)
So far, I have only read issue #1 of Girl Comics, enjoyed what I read for the most part (the issue is worth it for Colleen Coover’s introduction alone) and am looking forward to more (if only to see if the contributions get better). I think many of these writers and artists deserve more exposure and if they happen to lump them all together because they’re female then so be it. Comic Book Resources has a review of the first issue.
Artwork by Ig Guara & Norman Lee (Marvel Adventures Avengers #28)
Thor and Storm sitting on the top of a building, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Oh, how I wish! This comic is part of the Marvel Adventures line and therefore means nothing in terms of regular Marvel Universe continuity. Fortunately, that gives the writers license to explore different storylines for the characters that would not be possible in today’s 616 reality. Thor and Storm? Yes, please! After you read the above page, think about the conceit that each character’s lightning is different temperatures. It’s not something I’ve thought about before and for that reason alone I could almost imagine a Thororo couple working. It certainly seems more interesting to me considering how little has been done with Storm in the present Black Panther series (I choose to not cover the second issue of DoomWar because its depiction of Storm is disheartening and I find no joy in discussing it). Truth be told, I miss the days when Storm was a free woman and the possibilities of her dating anyone could be explored. The flirting with Nightcrawler, the chemistry with Wolverine, the randomness of Arkon, the despots who wanted her for their wife, and even the occasional blonde beach boy were welcome to me. Now, however, those moments are no longer possible. The unattainable goddess has been domesticated and her stories have lost a lot of their appeal. Thank goodness for pages like the one above who are still exploring other character possibilities.
This image is making the rounds online and in this month’s comics. The buzz is about Reggie Hudlin and Ken Lashely’s new Black Panther comic this coming February. The twist is that the new Black Panther is female. Ads featuring possible contenders to replace T’Challa showcase Storm, Monica Rambeau, Sue Richards (The Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four), the Dora Milaje (T’Challa’s elite bodyguards), Shuri (T’Challa’s sister), Echo (from the Avengers) and goddess knows who else (I’ve read rumors of an Elektra ad but I’ve yet to see it). The only logical possibilities would be Shuri or the Dora Milaje as I have a hard time imagining a non-Wakandan filling such an important role. It makes no sense at all for Echo or Monica Rambeau take on the mantle because they have their own power set and are not Wakandan either. Even though Storm once dressed like a Black Panther in battle (in Jason Aaron’s three issue arc of the Secret Invasion crossover), I really see no reason for her to take on her husband’s job. She’s got enough to do as it is as Queen and as an X-Man). Ororo does look sexy and svelte in the outfit, however. A cat suit looks great on her and I like the idea of Storm having claws. Hardcore X-Men fans might remember this little bit of X-History from a Comic Book Artist interview with legendary artist Dave Cockrum:
“The original black female in the group was to have been called The Black Cat. She had Storm’s costume but without the cape, and a cat-like haircut with tufts for ears. Her power was that she could turn into a humanoid cat or a tabby. She wore a collar with a bell on it. When we came back to the project, after the hiatus, all of a sudden all of these other female cat characters had sprung up—Tigra, The Cat, Pantha—so I figured that we’d better overhaul this one! She wound up getting white hair, the cape, and becoming Storm.”
The image is kind of ironic viewed with that bit of lore, isn’t it? Well, we still don’t know why T’Challa has decided to pass on his identity. My bet is on Shuri.
The Storm poster is drawn by J. Scott Campbell. It is my assumption that the ones below are drawn by Ken Lashley.
The solicitation information is as follows:
BLACK PANTHER #1 (DEC082327)
BLACK PANTHER #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (DEC082311)
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
50/50 Cover by KEN LASHLEY
70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Rated T+ …$3.99
After Dave Cockrum, John Byrne is the artist who really shaped the way the X-Men looked in their All-New, All Different incarnation! He started on issue #108 in 1977 and worked his magic for many years. In fact, John Byrne’s influence can still be felt from his runs on The Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Avengers. So, what better way to celebrate the man and his legacy than the above image which combines all of the just mentioned titles into one happy Marvel “photo op” ?
A lovely pencil sketch of Storm by Byrne. His rendition of the wind rider just bubbles over with circular design. From the curls of her hair to the oval cutouts in her boots, this Storm is one curvy woman and I love it! She looks healthy, sexy and powerful. I especially love how high Byrne drew her hair, like it’s almost made of clouds. And check out that profile! This should be the model sheet from which other artists draw inspiration!
John Byrne drew a run of The Avengers (#181-191) while pencilling X-Men. Here we have the hex-casting Scarlet Witch with Storm! You gotta love those boots with the low heels, so late seventies!
Hipalicious Storm in the clutches of energy stealing Sauron during one of the X-Men’s many visits to the Savage Land. Remember, Storm was fulfilling the token girl role on the team here and although her character was draw with a lot of sex appeal, she was still being portrayed as the naive “stranger in a strange land” character.
Storm talks to her plants in her attic apartment, a character trait that really endeared me to her. I was jealous that she got to make it rain inside. Check out Banshee an Moira being all lovey-dovey. *sigh* I love that couple.
Today’s Storm Sunday features art by Steve McNiven, but it’s not of our lovely weather goddess. Instead, feast your eyes (who originated that mixed metaphor anyway?) on this beautiful rendering of Susan Storm Richards of the Fantastic Four. I loved Steve’s version of Sue ever since I saw his art for Marvel Comics’ Civil War mini-series (Also, if you click on herwikipedia link, Susan’s main picture is also by Steve). Sue has always looked better with long hair (Do any of you remember John Byrne’s cringe-inducing short cut he gave her during his run on FF? How about the mullet she sported for a while?). I like how Steve draws is long and flowing, but still tucks it behind her ears. She looks smart and capable without losing her sex appeal. Which is how a wife, sister, friend and mother of two who just happens to be the most powerful member of her super-hero team ought to look!