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Barry Windsor-Smith Week: Power Comics Pin-Ups!

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Around 1967 or 1968, a young Barry Windsor-Smith drew these pin-ups for Power Comics, an imprint of Odhams Press that reprinted Marvel comics.  Artists were not given any credit for their work.  One can clearly see how BWS is channeling Jack Kirby’s style in these drawings, a practice that was highly encouraged.  Above, the high flying Angel soars into action (Click on images to see them larger).
Power Comics Pin-Up of Cyclops by BWS

Cyclops practices his eye beams in the Danger Room.
Power Comics Pin-Up of Doctor Strange by BWS
A psychedelic Dr. Strange splits into four separate beings as Clea and the Ancient One look on.
Power Comics Pin-Up of The Magician by BWS
The Magician in this image looks a lot like the Ringmaster from the Circus of Crime.  If he is indeed a different character, I could find no references of him to explain otherwise.
Power Comics Pin-Up of Baldur the Brave by JMS
Baldur the Brave rides his horse, brandishing his horse with battle ready zeal!
Power Comics Pin-Up of The Mimic by BWS
The Mimic possesses all of the powers of the original X-Men:  Angel, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman & Beast!

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Marvel Fanfare Monday: Kevin Nowlan

Welcome to Week Two of a month long celebration of artists and their work from Marvel Fanfare, a comic that ran from 1982-1992!  Today’s featured artist is the amazing Kevin Nowlan!  Feast your eyes on his rendition of Doctor Strange (click on the above image for its full size glory) as Stephen fends off a horde of demonic creatures!  Those spindly spell-casting fingers certainly suit the wizardly might of Stephen Strange (and also a surgeon) but also take note of the musculature of his legs (there’s a reason why these guys wear tights, folks)!  The flow of the cape gives the piece movement and the detail of  the cape’s trim is staggering!  Nowlan is able to simultaneously ground the good doctor in the mundane here and now while propelling him into the fantastic future!  A gorgeous piece of work from Marvel Fanfare #45!

Nowlan DaggerDagger (of Cloak & Dagger fame) kicks off our Kevin Nowlan Portfolio featuring a bevy of beautiful Marvel superheroines.  His style features elongated anatomy in which legs and arms go on forever and faces have a distinct profile, oftentimes with exaggerated noses and cheekbones.  His style has changed quite a bit since he drew these pinups, but his level of detail and slender lines are very much still Nowlan hallmarks.  The flowing hair and closed body language in the above image give the figure a sense of vulnerability.  I like to imagine that Tandy is missing Tyrone and isn’t sure how to carry on without him.  Usually shots of heroines from behind can come across as exploitative, but here her back is turned in a way that reflects her fragile emotional state.  The streaming hair simply adds to the wistfulness.  Dagger and all of the images below are from Marvel Fanfare #18.

Nowlan PhoenixPhoenix bursts forth in all of her cosmic power!  Fiery, focused and fierce!

Nowlan She-HulkThe bird’s eye view that we get of She-Hulk makes me feel like a member of the paparazzi about to smashed!  Nice tan line, Jennifer!

Nowlan Black WidowBlack Widow poses in a portrait with her totemic namesake, looking cool and collected as befits a spy of her caliber.  For the record, this is not my favorite Black Widow costume, but I like the simplicity it affords Nowlan’s drawing.

Nowlan NovaNova, former herald of Galactus and one time girlfriend of the Human Torch, smiles serenely at the viewer in a rare moment of repose.  It is a rare moment of peace for a character that never found any in her adventures.  The current status of Frankie Raye (Nova’s human name) in the Marvel Universe is deceased.

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.

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

Wonder Woman Wednesday: Dan Brereton

brenecolorStrong, sultry and simmering, this image of Wonder Woman by Nocturnals artist Dan Brereton has it all! This is one of my favorite renditions of the Amazing Amazon because she looks physically strong, but also has an emotionally volatility to her expression.  She looks like she’s resting in between battles, but her mind is working overtime.  Sure, she’s in classic pin-up pose, but Dan makes it look almost natural.  Be sure to check out Dan’s artwork for sale here!

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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