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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.

++++++++++++

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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