Sunday, September 25, 2011

X-Men: The Real First Class!

I had Professor X on my list, and I was thinking through what I could do to make him look cool. I was thinking of some crazy angle and him holding his head in concentration as power was blasting out....I just thought it wasn't what I was in the mood for.  So I got to thinking what I like most about the Prof. It's not his mental abilities, it's that he took his time and resources to reach out and help children.

For all the drama and history that  has been drudged up about Charles Xavier in the last few years of story, I put that aside and remember him in the early years. This is my "ideal" Xavier.  I know he isn't perfect, and I don't expect him to be. But I want to think of him as noble and nurturing, helping along those mutants that are coming into their powers and mentoring them.  I tried to capture that.  This was a simpler time, the book was fun and exciting. Plus this sketch gave me a chance to show the original team. For the next 5 days I will be drawing the original team line up until the last day of Sept. and the end of X-Men Month.

X-Men Month - Professor Charles Xavier - 083

9x12 Ink on Bristol Board.
To Purchase, email subject "Professor X" to

For those interested in these kind of stories, but don't like reading the dated books from the 60's, there is a new X-Men First Class book. This came out a few years ago, well before the recent movie. It takes the students you see above when they are starting out and fills the gaps of stories from the original series. I think it's written very well by Jeff Parker and the majority of art by Roger Cruz.
There are multiple volumes, that you can find here at INSTOCK TRADES


  1. WHY do I draw wheelchairs in my free time? something is wrong with me.

  2. Yes, quite. I don't mind it when writers poke holes in Xavier's methodology, but the business of having him enslave a sentient for his own ends and having him use several teams of young mutants as cannon fodder came across as writers breaking toys without any plan for putting them back together again. At best, it leaves a mess for others to sweep up, at worst leaves a character almost unusable.

    But anyway, that art is lovely. There is a sense of paternal pride in Xavier's expression and a sense of serenity overall. Very nice.

  3. Why is it that when a person in a wheelchair has a blanket (hmmm what is with the blanket he is wearing pants afterall)it is always plaid pattern.
    Awsome as always

  4. Thanks Suzene I completely agree that he hasn't been handled justly in the books. I get that he might manipulate characters, but for me it started going down hill with deadly genesis and his hiding Vulcan from everyone. Since then he seems to be the scapegoat for every bad thing that has happened internally with the X-teams.

    I had really hoped that when Scott finally took over the team and became a head master, it would have been with Xavier handing him the keys to go live with Lilandra or something like that. But a more peaceful transition. Wishful thinking I guess.

    Lee-Erin.....I dont know what the deal with the blanket is. I just wanted to draw a pattern. I agree though if he wasnt wearing pants, then he should definitely have a blanket, patterned or not... just my opinion.

  5. Damn...sold already? Brother can't catch a break...

    Still awesome work.

  6. Your artwork is really incredible Robert. Do you do any commission work, or have other works for sale? If you're interested in listing some of your works on Comic Art Depot or doing commissions please let me know.

  7. Wow. This is really an amazing piece. Fan-freakin-tastic. I absolutely love it. You really caught the purity of the original X-Men.

  8. Professor X has always been one of my favorite X-Men characters. So many people dismiss him, but I feel he is an important part of the overall X-Men team and mythos.

    I agree with you that Marvel has seemed to purposely try and darken Xavier.

    Scott Lobdell said that Prof X had a crush on Marvel Girl when she was a child. :/

    Grant Morrison said that Prof X killed his evil twin sister in the womb before they were even born.

    Grant Morrison also wrote the whole mess where Prof X announced on television that he was a mutant - in effect making everyone around him a target and also himself to be a liar for years to the world. Technically I think that it was said that Cassandra Nova was the one that actually did the announcing, but I have hoped for years that Prof X would mind wipe the world so they didn't remember this.

    Joss Whedon wrote the story that said that Xavier knowingly left a sentience life form trapped inside the technology of the danger room.

    Ed Brubaker wrote Deadly Genesis, establishing that Xavier mind wiped the original X-Men about the existence of Moria's team, convinced Moria's team they were seasoned X-Men, and he lied about the true nature of Krakoa.

    Whew! Poor Professor X has had a hard time of it for the last several years.

    I choose to think of him as he is portrayed in this fantastic image - a guiding father figure who not only wants what's best for his students and mutantkind, but the entire world as well.