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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 13 August 2017 at 9:07am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

What is not to LOVE about that Buscema drawing?

As to why no X-Men... that would be adding seven characters to a drawing that was pretty full, and the X-Men were VERY minor characters at that time. There's also no Hawkeye, Two Gun Kid, Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Valkyrie, Giant-Man, Wasp, etc. Ya gotta draw the line at some point...

...yes, double entendre intended. :)
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Valkyrie by Jim Steranko

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Spotted this on line and had never seen it before. John Buscema big time pencils.

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The inked and colored version is pretty good, too.
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I was just about to post a comment that the Buscema piece was for a comic convention or program book, and then spotted the small print on the piece itself explaining that very info.

I've never seen the pencil version before. Thanks for posting it Eric L.
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"Only" $30k!
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 Eric Sofer wrote:
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As to why no X-Men... that would be adding seven characters to a drawing that was pretty full, and the X-Men were VERY minor characters at that time...



The drawing is from 1975, the same year that "Giant-Size X-Men" #1 was published introducing the new team. My guess would be the John Buscema piece was from earlier in the year when the team's book was still in publishing limbo.

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That Steranko is very nice. I wonder why the swastikas are facing the wrong way on the bottom of the image. The large symbol on the flag is not. For a moment I thought the image was mirrored
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Matt H. - certainly no argument here, but regarding who was in publishing limbo... there are others in that shot who, IIRC, did not have a book at that time. And while it's uncertain if Marvel had any dictate as to who appeared in that piece... if there were a new X-Men book coming out, I would bet they'd want them to appear in every possible piece!
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Truly, to me, the pencils look like warm up sketches, with Big John trying to get/capture character traits or postures. There is even little style influence from other artists present in some of the characters. Perhaps someone at MARVEL saw it and thought it would be a good poster. There are certainly more style variations in the pencils than in the inked and coloured poster.
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Chris Bachalo is someone I didn't appreciate when I was reading comics but now when I see pages like this.....I drool.

Love the character in the upper left. I love art that has no cross hatching but still portrays a lot of detail. Wow.

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Longtime fan of Bachalo 
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This piece blows me away.
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Had to post this, in honor of this weeks birthday boy. Love the use of the bolder lines to add shadow. Makes the image seem so robust.


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I should post pure Kirby but damn do I love this combo!!!


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Damn, Kirby and Austin is awesome!
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Like a lot of Kirby's cowboy work, this Kirby/Austin piece really has that sunlight (or strong light source) and strong shadow look.  Am I crazy for admiring how "realistic" this is?
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This is up for auction. Very nice to look at.

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Dale Keown - I don't know how he can cross hatch so perfectly, but every stroke is beautiful.

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I never got why Keown wasn't able to make it big when he went to Image when some of the other guys there who weren't half the artist he is (Liefeld, Larsen) were able to be very successful. He definitely has a lot of Byrne influence in his art, especially some of his earliest work. Granted, Pitt was just a blatant Hulk riff, but so was most of early Image.

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PITT was one of my favorites when Image started, but after a few issues he decided he could publish it on his own--and then I never saw another issue!

It's all about distribution!  It doesn't matter how good the work is if nobody ever sees it.

Likewise, Mark Schultz is amazing--and I've never seen any issue of CADILLACS AND DINOSAURS for sale!


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Shane, I think Dale Keown didn't make it as big at Image due to lateness. I know that PITT was and still is one of the few early Image titles that still sells well for me as a back issue.

Edited to add: Eric also has a point about the self-publishing. That seems to have contributed to the book's lateness.


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He definitely has a lot of Byrne influence in his art, especially some of his earliest work.

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Totally agree here. I had some of his early Dragon Force comics done while at Aircel. You could see the heavy influence JB had on him back then.
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That's the ones, Robert. And oddly enough, the Byrne influence looked very much like early Charlton era Byrne.

Eric and Matt, I knew Pitt had some lateness issues, but so did all the Image books with the exception of maybe Spawn. It seems like very few issues even came out (I wasn't even aware he tried to self-publish) and then it was just gone and Keown seemed to drop off the face of the Earth with the exception of some DC and Marvel comic covers here and there and the Hulk: The End and just a few years back an issue of Avengers with some more Marvel covers. Guys like Keown and Travis Charest (who is a phenomenal artist) I don't get at all because they have so much talent and produce almost nothing. And I know Keown is capable of so much more because he produced about 10 issues of the Hulk a year at Marvel for several years. And Charest used to produce more while on Wildcats (though never a lot honestly, especially once he got into the hyper detailed style he uses today and away from being a Jim Lee clone). 
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