Friday, September 30, 2011

End of an Era...

In the small scale, era being about 30 days, then yes this is the end of X-Men month. I know...sad. In the broader sense, I think this costume and especially the combination sketch with Jean represents for me one of the best generations of X-Men books. I think for pure story quality and character creation the Byrne years are my favorite. For the art and adding excitement and exposure to the property the 90's will win hands down. X-Men #1 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee sold over 8 million copies in 1991. Now 20 years later it's being re-released and re-colored. It's the book that won't quit. On top of that, this era spawned a cartoon series that really expanded the awareness of the X-Men. All month, I've heard so many fans comment that this character or that villain was their favorite of the cartoon. People who aren't even reading comics know who these characters are. I find that fascinating, and just adds to the notoriety of the characters.

With this Cyclops sketch, he is hands down my favorite X-Men. This is my favorite look for him, and I felt the pressure to get it just right. I started and restarted this sketch 3 times before I did this one. Still, especially combined with Jean, I am happy with the result. For me this combo image is how I like to remember X-Men the best.

X-Men Month - Cyclops - 088

11x17 Ink on Bristol Board.
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I will of course be getting Simon to color this up as a print with the two of them together!
 I'm excited to see that finished.

The results of the POLL that ran all month long:

What is your favorite X-Men Character
352 Total votes

  76 (21% - 1st) 

Jean Grey Phoenix
  40 (11%)

  35 (9%)

  26 (7%)

  23 (6%)

  76 (21% - 1st)

  36 (10%)

  43 (12% - 3rd)

  71 (20% - 2nd)

  27 (7%)

  41 (11% )

  42 (11% )

Other...there are soo many!
  55 (15%)


  1. Been one hell of a fun month. Thanks for the parade!

  2. The combined image reminds me of the X-Cuntioner's Song.

  3. David... Thats sounds a bit too low end porn parody to be the real title!! But I know the arc you mean ;)

  4. Bravo! It's been an extremely fun month Robert, thanks so much! And you really ended it with the 90's spirit! Perfect!

  5. Absolutely awesome month, and these images of Scott and Jean are the perfect ending. I'm absolutely blown away by them. Great work. I can't wait to see what comes next.

    You almost stated word for word how I got into the X-Men. That X-Men #1 with Claremont and Lee is what started me on my die hard love for the X-Men, and what made Cyclops my favorite Marvel character. Great job.