New Flesh for Old Mutations – B&W

I’ve given away a lot of my drawings over the years. Friends will kid me that they are hanging onto them until I become rich and famous. Then they can cash out. Silly people. I’m pretty sure I was never on a path to fame, much less fortune.

Recently one of my more sensible friends sent me photos of some of my drawings from back in the day – the “day” being some thirty years back – sometime in Eighties, a time of big shoulder pads and nuclear holocaust. She said that she was reducing her possessions in advance of a move and some of the drawings were going to get reduced along with the rest of the stuff.

I’m fine with that.

The work I did before the Nineties has life and energy but a poor awareness of anatomy. I thought it would be fun to do new versions of some of the characters in those old drawings.Mutant_Baby_OriginalsI thought the two fellows above looked like they’d be good traveling companions so I worked up an illustration that featured them both.
MutantsBWI just noticed that the big mutant is lacking the earrings I gave his original. Aw well, I haven’t worn my earrings in years either.

Face the Fists of the Face – Black and White

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The Face was one of those costumed crime fighters that populated comic books in the 1940s. He had no super powers. He was just a guy who wore a scary mask and, presumably, punched bad guys. I say “presumably” because I’ve never gotten around to tracking down and reading any stories that featured the character. If he had eaten the bad guys I might be more interested.

With that intro, one might ask why I spent the time to do an illustration of him.

I see potential in the idea?

It seemed like fun?

What the hell?

Anger Not Fantomah! – Black and White

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There have been thousands of heroes invented since comic books first started being published. Through some oddities of copyright law, quite a few of those characters have fallen into the public domain. Anyone who wants to may use them in comic (or a movie or a tv series or a breakfast cereal).
Fantomah is, apparently, the first female comic book superhero. Her first appearance was in Jungle Comics #2 (Feb 1940). She’s one of the gloriously weird creations of Fletcher Hanks. She’s a White Jungle Goddess who, when provoked, displays godlike powers. Her body turns blue while her face becomes skull-like. And then she does horrible magical things to her enemies.