Fall of the Mutants – Day 3&4 : Gambit and Wolverine

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…

Gambit 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.

WolverineWolverine on the other hand… I never really cared for back then. He has grown on me some, but I still think he is over used and not the best character out there…

Comic Art – Walt Simonson

I have a bad cold.
It Sucks…

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.

I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.
I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.

 

The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image... I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image… I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
Actual covers together.
Actual covers together.

 

I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt's run on it...
I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt’s run on it…

 

My Art – Jim Lee’s X-Men #1 Cover

So lets start the month of the X-Men out this way…

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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)

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My Art – Defenders Sketch Cards

m-defenders-100 I had comics as a kid… Actually working on a post about the origanal stack that I got from my father, but that one is for another time.

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.

 

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Starting from the top Row Left to Right:

Gargoyle,Hellcat,Hellstrom

Hulk,NightHawk,Valkyrie

Doctor Strange,Devil Slayer,Namordefenders_sketch_cards_pt2_by_crpechonick-d3evxyyStarting from the top Row Left to Right:

Red Guardian, Power Man, Silver Surfer

Angel, Clea, Hawkeye

Beast, IceMan, MoonDragon