Inspired by The Lost 100-Pagers and Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues, I've decided to create my own take on comic book covers. These will be all-original art illustrated by myself. Thank you and a good afternoon. Excelsior!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Arak in a Hard Place


I was maybe 8 or 9 years old when I bought Arak no. 4 on a whim at a small general merchandise store. I don't know why it caught my eye, the cover was Arak about to attack a monstrous tree with some people struggling to free themselves from its grasp. I liked it well enough, but it didn't compel me to buy any more Arak comics. I guess I was too much into superheroes back then (although I would buy DC's horror/mystery books whenever I'd see them. Go figure). I was already an adult when I bought a few more from back issue bins.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rock 'n' Wrestling


Ben Grimm, the Thing, is my favorite Fantastic Four member. I guess it also holds true for a lot of readers since he was the only one who spun off successfully on a solo series (a number of them, actually). Marvel was trying to do the same with the Human Torch, but with little success. I guess Ben's troubled nature while still trying to be a positive guy resonated more with fans, as opposed to Johnny's cocky young man who has everything going for him.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Risky Business

 

John Byrne's take on Lex Luthor as a ruthless businessman (based on Marv Wolfman's idea, I believe) was very different from the mad scientist of the Pre-Crisis universe, but it worked. He became much more dangerous in my eyes, and it became difficult for Superman to bring him to justice since he could just employ an army of lawyers to avoid being imprisoned.

I think this clash would be something Ted Kord would lose, since during those days Ted was not too keen on running a company. Indeed, by the end of the Blue Beetle series his father had wrested control of the business from him.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Red, White, and Sacre Bleu!


I  first saw Batroc the (or should that be "zee"?) Leaper in a Marvel house ad for Crazy Magazine. I really haven't read too many stories with him in it, but I kinda like him because he demonstrated some sort of code of honor way back when Roger Stern and John Byrne used him during their all-too-brief run in Captain America.

I can totally see him teaming up with Cap for a while, but I know Steve isn't a fool who will trust him much.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Black Magic (Cat)Woman


This is my favorite Catwoman outfit. I know it's very impractical for running across rooftops, but during the time she wore this I don't remember her sprinting across Gotham's buildings. I think that version of Catwoman happened post-Crisis, specifically during Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's Batman: Year One.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Billy and Willie


It's been over half a year since I last posted! I was very busy with work but now I've been afforded a bit of a break so I managed to finish a new piece. I dabbled with a modern coloring style, hopefully I still managed to capture the essence of 1970s/1980s comic books with this one.

Captain Marvel is one of my all-time favorites ever since I first picked up Shazam no. 2, with the cover depicting him flying straight out of a comic book, and as a kid I didn't realize that the guy who fought the Man of Steel in Superman no. 276 was not the same guy. That was Captain Thunder, DC's test run to see if readers would want to see Superman and Captain Marvel battle it out. I guess it worked because eventually the two heroes would collide for real a short while later.

It would have been a hoot to see Marvel and Thunder encounter one another. And if you look closely at my depiction above you'll see who's masterminding this fight.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Parker Posin'


Out of all the actors who played Spider-Man, Tom Holland seems to be the one who's really into the role. In some of his social media posts, he really seems to think that he IS Spider-Man in real life.

The artwork above was colored by my daughter, Jade. You can see more of her work at galaxymascot.deviantart.com and at instagram.com/ta.kage.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Flower Power


The Black Orchid was a rarity because when she first appeared, she had no origin or backstory. It wouldn't be until more than a decade later that Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean would give her one. I wonder what co-creators Sheldon Mayer and Tony DeZuñiga had in mind for her, or if they intended her to just be a mysterious figure, like the Phantom Stranger. And did the lack of an origin kill interest in the character and prevented her from being a regular fixture in the DC Universe?

In contrast, Lady Shiva seemed  like she was created solely for the purpose of being a supporting character for Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter. But when she became a recurring character on the Batman titles, she became a mainstay of the DC Universe, flip-flopping from villain to anti-heroine.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Super Smash, Bro!


Ultraman (and by extension, the Crime Syndicate of America), to me, seemed like throwaway characters when they first appeared. It seemed like they were done specifically for the story in JL of A no. 29, and that should have been it. I guess I felt that way because their outfits didn't look well-designed, especially the monstrosity that the original Owlman wore. Also, their names sounded quite silly in comparison to their heroic counterparts.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alternate Currents


Some people made fun of Black Lightning's afro wig way back when, but I thought it was a great idea. Realistically, a mask doesn't really hide one's identity, but add a wig and it might be enough to distract people from it. Plus, I thought it was cool that the wig was attached to the mask.

Black Lightning will have his own TV series soon, I hope it will be good.