When I was Kid I did an stay in the hospital at one point. While there I had a number of visitors and one of my visitors bought out all the Hulk comics the gift shop had for me… These are the issues that helped lock down my love for Hulk!
Finally feeling better and getting caught up. So you get two Mutants today. I will try to stay on track the rest of the month…
I first started reading the X-Men right before the X-Tinction Agenda (#264 is where I started buying it monthly.) I was one of the fanboys who thought that Gambit was awesome when he first showed up in the comics. Still do. He would be in my top five X-Men I think.
So as Fall here in September, I thought Fall of the Mutants would be a good name for the sketch a days this month…
I have no plans to put color to these this time, but that might change as we go…
We start off with Longshot.
I have a bad cold.
But that means I have been laying around in bed most the day watching British Mystery shows and reading comics.
For comics I have been bouncing back and forth between The Essential Defenders and The Essential X-Factor.
This has made me remember just how much I loved Walt Simonson’s work on X-Factor when I first started reading comics as a teen…
Anyway, I have recently stumbled on an amazing blog called Marvel Comics of the 1980’s They have some amazing original art pages featured on their blog. Here are a couple of Walt Simonson pages that just really jumped out at me.
So lets start the month of the X-Men out this way…
This has always been one of my favorite comic covers.
4 piece sketch card set I did for fun on a plane trip to keep my mind off the fact that I was in the air…
recreation of the Jim Lee gate-fold cover of X-MEN #1
I will admit when this comic came out I was at the top of my Fanboyness and I bought all five covers! (Three of the gate-fold version)
The Comic that really hooked me and made me into a collector though was Defenders #100.
One of the times my older Step-Brother shipped out overseas in the Army he left behind a bunch of his comics for me. Most of them disappeared over the years. Defenders 100 somehow managed to stick around. One summer after before my Junior year of High School I came across it sitting on a shelf in our basement…
I ended up sitting down and reading it, that was it I was hooked. Shortly after I tracked down some local comic shops and was digging in the bins searching for more issues of The Defenders!
The Defenders was the first comic that I managed to collect the full run of. Love that book plain and simple. It was a classic. They have tried to reboot it a number of times since then, but none live up to the original.
Anyway… A number of years ago (2010) I did a set of sketch cards of the Core members that showed up in the book. I think The Iceman and Silver Surfer card came off pretty poor, but I really dug how the rest turned out.
Starting from the top Row Left to Right:
Red Guardian, Power Man, Silver Surfer
Angel, Clea, Hawkeye
Beast, IceMan, MoonDragon