Iron Fist's costume is yet another design that works very well on the comic page, but would look kind of goofy in real life.Plus, that high collar would obscure his peripheral vision. Not good for a martial artist. But, hey, it's comics! This piece is an homage to one of my favorite artists, John Byrne, after his splash page for Iron Fist no. 10.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
The first Swamp Thing comic I remember reading was the one with the Nestor Redondo cover where he's emerging from the grave. Later on, I would get to pick up another issue drawn by Ernie Chan and Fred Carrillo where he was turned back to Alec Holland. Unbeknownst to me, that was the final issue of his first series. Much, much later, I'd get to read the Alan Moore series where it was revealed that he wasn't Alec Holland in the first place. I got confused because he reverted back to human before. That was my first experience with a retcon in comics. This one was also originally done for The Lost 100 Pagers.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
In my opinion, Steve Ditko hit a home run with Spidey's costume design. It didn't look like any of the other super-heroes at the time. No trunks, full face mask, one-way eye pieces, the web pattern over most of the costume... Great design. And it translated well to live-action, too, when done right.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Another one that originally ran in The Lost 100 Pagers, conceptualized by Jim Shelley. I thought it was a very neat idea, and a Dominator as the puppet master of these events is very apt. Don't bother deciphering the Interlac glyphs on the arena wall, though. They're just a bunch of random letters I threw together as a design element.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Captain Barbell is one of the most popular superheroes in the Philippines, created by Mars Ravelo in 1963. He is mostly compared with Superman, but has more in common with Captain Marvel (of the Shazam variety). Even his name is a play on Captain Marvel's (Barbell rhymes with Marvel). He has gone through numerous costume changes, of which the last two (including the one above) were designed by myself.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Thomas Jane, at first, didn't seem like a good fit as the Punisher in the 2004 film. But upon viewing the movie a second time he kind of grew on me in the role. Plus, he really killed it in the Punisher fan film Dirty Laundry. Jon Bernthal, though, is the best screen Punisher so far.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Manhunter's uniform looks impractical in the real world, but in comics it's a very striking visual, especially when it's drawn by Walt Simonson. In the circles that Paul Kirk found himself in, it's not far-fetched for him to encounter Ra's Al Ghul's daughter, Talia, seen here sporting an outfit designed by Irv Novick. This illustration was done originally for Jim Shelley's Lost 100-Pagers, found here.