Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hulk vs Thing

If you type in "Hulk vs Thing" in Google, one of the first images to show up is a panel from SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES (UK) issue 100, where I achieved my life-long dream of drawing ol' Jade Jaws fighting Aunt Petunia's favourite ever lovin' blue eyed nephew... something I'll admit I'm really proud of! Legendary comic artists such as Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Jim Starlin, George Perez and the late great Bernie Wrightson have drawn a classic Hulk vs Thing battle, and while my work is nowhere near in their league, I'm proud to have been able to follow in their titanic steps! So I had the idea today to do a homage to John Buscema's iconic cover to FANTASTIC FOUR issue 112, using my artwork from Spec Spidey 100.

Hope you like it!

Hulk vs Thing... 'Nuff said!

The original panel from SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES #100
(published by Panini Comics). Pencils by Simon Williams, Inks by Simon Ecob.
Colours by Maria Keene.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Kenny StarMaker Bolin

It's no secret that I'm a long-time wrestling fan... particularly the old-school style of wrestling from the good old days of the National Wrestling Alliance, as opposed to the current Sports Entertainment product of the WWE (which I do still enjoy). Recently I have had the honour of chatting online with the legendary (and now Twitter Verifed!) Kenny StarMaker Bolin.  Kenny is a former pro-wrestling manager and commentator... who during his 20 year plus career worked for WWE's developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling alongside his long-time best friend Jim Cornette (recently seen inducting the Rock N' Roll Express in the 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame!). During his OVW days, the StarMaker managed some of the promotions fastest-rising stars... including names such as Mike Mizanin (aka the Miz!), Rico Constantino, Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore, Mark Henry and also some chap by the name of John Cena! Since then, the King of Managers has written a book based on his Wrestling career called I Probably Screwed You Too: The Mostly True Stories of Kenny "Starmaker" Bolin, and is the host of the Bolin Alley podcast (which you can find on iTunes).
Since chatting with the Star Maker on Twitter, Kenny commissioned me to do a piece of artwork for him, which I'm presenting here. I hope you like it... I had fun drawing this one, and the Star Maker is pretty damn pleased with it as well! I'd like to thank Kenny for the kind words regarding my artwork... be sure to give him a follow on Twitter, and definitely check out the Bolin Alley podcast!


Sunday, 16 April 2017

#ThankYouTaker

This may be a little late, but this past Wrestlemania (which was held April 2nd in Orlando, Florida) featured the legendary Undertaker in what may have be his last match. The Undertaker has been a hero of mine for 20 years, and I have supported him during his many feuds over the years... whether he has been a face (good guy), or a heel (not a good guy!). If this really is the case of him walking into the sunset, then I'd just like to say thank you, Taker... for all the years of joy, excitement and most importantly the inspiration you've provided for myself and your many fans over the years. My own career highlight was drawing the Dead Man on a cover for Super Genius's WWE SUPERSTARS title, which I'm posting again in honour for the wrestler who, in my opinion, is the greatest of all-time.

Thank you Taker!

Editor Jim Salicrup let me come up with this cover concept, which is from an idea
I had for a Western-style origin for the Dead Man.




Thursday, 13 April 2017

NOT Death's Head, yes?

"DON'T call me a Bounty Hunter..."

Last year, the talented folks at Mastermind Creations released a 3rd Party Transformers figure named ANUBIS, a Freelance Peacekeeper who has more than a passing resemblance to a certain other Freelance Peacekeeping Agent who appeared in the 80's Marvel UK TRANSFORMERS comic (possible relation, yes?), which is also a character I have been known to draw in the past. This awesome figure included a comic book written by Hector Sigma and Marty McPrime, with artwork by the art team of Art Anderson and colourist Rick Lensflare. Now, despite the fact that Art's work is very similar to a certain soul-powered comic artist, I can neither confirm nor deny any rumours of us being one and the same. However, I can say that any similarities between the work of Art Anderson and myself are purely intentional...


You can read the strip here at my DeviantART page. I hope you enjoy, yes?

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Wolf-Man

Wow, has it really been that long since I have posted on here? Thankfully, the old blog is just the same as I've left it... and I'll be posting a lot more again in 2017.

Anyhow, to start things rolling again... he's a recent sketch of one of my all-time favourites. I'm a huge fan of the classic, Universal Monsters (drawing them would be my dream comic-book job), and one of my favourites is the poor tortured, tormented Lawrence Talbot, aka the Wolf-Man (as portrayed by the wonderful Lon Chaney Jr.). Here he is, suffering the tortures of the damned once more. After all... even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night - may become a Wolf when the Wolfbane blooms, and the moon is full and bright...

Lawrence Talbot, the Wolf-Man.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

"Who shall be worthy?"

Just for fun... this is a homage piece from a feature that appeared in Marvel Comic's Mighty Thor #400 (written by Tom DeFalco with art by Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding). These are the characters that I feel could lift Mjolnir (of course, we've already seen Superman lift the hammer in the classic Avengers/JLA crossover).

I hope you enjoy this... my money is on my good friend Mr. Jon Mikl-Thor...


Masters of the Universe

I have always been a fan of the Masters of the Universe (especially the more Barbarian style He-Man from the original DC mini-comics), so thought I'd have a go at drawing him.