Posts tagged: art
Magnus, Robot Fighter #4. “Menace from the Depths” Cover art by Russ Manning. Underwater food-processing facilities are sabotaged by a robot that wants to destroy all mankind.
Two great things about this cover. First, check out the head on that robot! It’s a “think-rob” so of course its head is huge. Second, Magnus proves to be the exception to the rule by being a male wearing a cellophane suit.
Mary Blair concept art for Walt Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” (1951)
I think my favorite part of this cover is that the Renaissance bestiary style of the art in the reference book differs slightly from the creature that makes a surprise appearance in the library. It lends one to assume the monster is fanciful until it shuffles into view, revealing itself and its no doubt murderous intentions.
This week at The Gutter, Guest Star Miguel Rodriguez from Monster Island Resort Podcast writes about heroes.
When I was a mere lad, I picked up a battered newsstand copy of Power Man and Iron Fist. I had grown up with superheroes in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, and The Herculoids on the television, but my comics reading prior to that issue of Power Man and Iron Fist was relegated mainly to Hanna Barbara comics, Richie Rich, and (oddly) Conan the Barbarian. Anyway, there was a single panel of that comic book that has stuck with me to this day. In it, Power Man and Iron Fist are strolling down the street together in their garish garb, simply talking to each other like regular old pals. I clearly remember how struck I was by that panel, and it made me want to join them on their adventures—an activity that spawned years and years of comic book collecting and reading, joining larger-than-life heroes in their struggles to rid the world of evil.
“The kingly office is entitled to no respect. It was originally procured by highwayman’s methods; it remains a perpetuated crime, can never be anything but the symbol of a crime. It is no more entitled to respect than is the flag of a pirate.”
(Panel by Walt Simonson et al, from The Mighty Thor #337, 1983)
“We often tell ourselves this is our world. Well, it is not just our world. It is also the world of millions of species of creatures which have just as much right to it as we have, whether they be great or small and live by land or by sea or out in the vastness of the great oceans.”
(Panels from Walt Kelly’s “Pogo”, as published on June 3rd, 1949)