Well, enough of that geek talk, and on to more nerdy art/history talk. The sketch itself is on one of these blank covers. I had no idea I would enjoy this run of blank covers as much as I have in the past couple of weeks! This sketch of Cap is the WW 2 version, that was first designed by Bryan Hitch for his run on the "Ultimates" for Marvel. It's a fantastic design that is a lot of fun to draw. This shield design is taken from his earliest appearances in Marvel comics, so it's before he went throwing around his Vibranium disc with superhuman accuracy. It simply was meant to stop bullets and represent the symbol with Cap as a flag bearer.
I wanted to throw in the planes to fill the compositional space, but I've also always had a love of planes and WW2 fighters in particular. Also, I know my Dad will and my late Grandpa would've appreciated it. The two forward planes are P-40 Warhawks, which became a very common American plane for early half of the war. Used in both theaters, the Warhawk gained the reputation of being outclassed in speed and power. However, they only gained that rep because the Japanese Zero fighters were so fast and maneuverable. In the European theater German fighters often lost dog fights with the Warhawks, because the American pilots were comfortable with the planes strengths and weaknesses and used it to full effect. In Italy, the 325 Fighter group of P-40's amassed a 135 Axis : 17 American Kill/ Loss ratio. In other words, they were pretty awesome.
Sketch Cover WWII Captain America - 152
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