However; Marvel characters got me into comics, I've grown up with these characters. The first comic I ever picked up was an X-Men book from back when they were thought dead and living in Australia. Wolverine went by "Patch", and I didn't know what the heck was going on! My next book was an Iron man issue where the bad guys (3 no name grunts in black body suits with their number on their chest) were going through a gauntlet of trials and finally a death match to determine who was the strongest to face Iron Man. The other side plot while this was happening had Iron Man taking out a Santa Claus impersonator who went crazy at a mall.
But I was an impressionable youth and man, I soaked that right up!
I would deliver papers on our paper route, then stop by the Huck's corner store and look through their magazine rack comics.
I really do love Marvel comics and luckily I've had the chance to work with them doing fill in work inbetween GI Joe projects. I've been able to work on Amazing Spider-man, Ult. Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever and Heroes for Hire, She-Hulk and a few side projects.
Here is where the theme of the blog comes in. Down the wishful thinking road, and if I had the opportunity to work on a mini series or ongoing title at Marvel, which characters would I love to take a crack at?
1. X-Men- of course! Now there are literally dozens of X-Men related books. So if Im being picky in my own little dream here, it would be a team consisting of Cyclops, Beast, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm and probably Wolverine. I know thats a pretty "Giant-Sized" group, but I can't help that they are my favorites. (It kills me that I wouldn't draw a team with about 30 characters on it. There are too many that I like)
2. Avengers- I say this because there are too many "solo" characters that I would want to draw, and this allows me to hit most of the bases. One of my favorite Marvel collections is Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco. It's not the quickest read, but it is so steeped in Marvel history and is packed with literally hundreds of Avengers. I would really get into drawing Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye especially. If Stingray showed up....I could put up with it.
|StingRay...I swear he's an Avenger.|
Well thats it for part deux.... next up Licensed Properties! Woot!