I never really saw myself working with Archie when I was young and first starting in the medium. And I don’t regret chasing them down either. One thing you learn in the medium is to never have a light nose filled with derision when it comes to where you work. As long as it pays, pal. That’s the freelancer credo.
And having fun on projects.
When I heard that Archie had reacquired the Red Circle characters, something in me jumped for joy.
They’re going to get a new lease on life.
And I wanted to get to draw them at least ONCE.
SO… I called up the Editor in Chief after much due diligence and availed of my services.
And this was the result.
And I hope you liked it.
Cuz I had FUN.
THIS batch of heroes are the NEW Crusaders.
And I wanted the new incantation of these guys to feel like a cool ’80’s cartoon. Much like I did with the Mighty 7 cover.
Ah, the ’80’s.
You kids missed the best decade ever. 🙂
Yup. It’s been awhile since i’ve seen my buddies Genis-Vell and Rick Jones. Im looking around for some reference and lo and behold, i bump into this cover. I thought I had actually sold this one by my art agent Mark Hay. This was a cool time in my career.
When i finished draw The Slingers for Marvel, I git a call-in from Tom Brevoort and he was looking for an artist for a new Captain Marvel. To show you how eerie this is, i remember the series before i started the one that seems to still be popular and i used to buy it as a fan… But no way did i ever realize that i would be working on something that would be a big canon in Marvel history. Heck, i was more into getting paid. :). I just wanted to jump on something where i could flex. I don’t get to do that often. There’s either hurried deadlines or not enough info… But i got to play around with CapMarv for a long time. Like 3 years. Even with the enhanced reboot i did four issues on.
This cover for issue #25 was in the middle of the Avengers Forever run. A future Rick Jones who apparently got the wrong end of a fight with a Skrull, i think. But with this particular Rick, i got to do some really great acting and storytelling. Especially with a potential orgy scene… Yes… I said ORGY…. With a bunch of green skinned female concubines from another dimension.
Anibal Rodriguez, who inked me on the cover, did a bang up job. Its influenced by the intro of Quantum Leap…. And since I wasn’t using computers then, now that i’ve scanned this image, i felt the need to update the cover by adding some things that i probably would have done when i worked on it had i had my Mac….
Just a flare or two. :).
Hope yuh likes. 🙂
Sometime ago, Vito Delsante and I , we who are (were) partners at my company ETERNAL KICK, were in talks with The Great Archie Publications about working with the Great STAN LEE And his Mighty 7.
Something we wanted to really work on and hopefully retool so that the mightiness of Stan Lee continued on….
…. But after a year of negotiations, it didn’t pan out. It was kind of one of those losses you just snap your fingers and suck your teeth and go, “Awww, MaaaAAAAaaannn…”
…we’re still in talks with Archie for some other cool stuff. And I’ll let you know when things are completed and greenlit.
** which also didn’t pan out**
but…. That means you get to see the cover we had worked out that would double as a campaign poster!
And I never hold things back from the fans. Not if I can help it, anyway…
What…? You never seen a hypocrite before?:)
Well this hypocrite comes bearing art. I hope you likes.
The first cover:
And here’s the cover concept that was supposed to be the first … Or second… Eh… Who cares…:)
It never got done, but it think it would have been iconic…!
I’ve been waiting to post this for awhile. And also I’ve been eager to see what my version of X-O Man-O-War would ever look like. I wanted to have fun with it and I wanted to set a tone.
I can be your Michael Bay! One can never have to any bursts of light or smoke….. BIG SMOKE… In a comic cover. And if someone complains..
…it won’t be the last of it!
Avoid those beams everywhere around you, X-O!
They’re just JEALOUS!