Thursday, 10 June 2021

Exiled!

In the early 1980s, writer Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema had a lengthy and memorable run on the Incredible Hulk. During that run, Doctor Robert Bruce Banner finally managed to gain control of his Gamma-powered alter-ego, finally believing that his Savage side was gone forever. With this, he used the Hulk's power for good while continuing his Scientific research to aid humanity and becoming a genuine, bona-fide hero... gaining acceptance from his fellow heroes, and even a Presidential Pardon. Bruce Banner had finally found peace... and even new love, in the form of SHIELD agent Dr. Katherine Waynesboro (originally sent to spy on Banner by SHIELD to make sure that his Savage persona was truly gone). Ultimately though, Banner's newly-found peaceful existence was not to last... with the Savage Hulk re-emerging in full force, leaving a path of destruction like never before. The culprit behind the regression was revealed to be the dream-Demon Nightmare, who had planned to use the Savage Green Goliath to destroy his hated enemy, Dr. Strange. This epic storyline, featuring some of Sal's best art on the book (inked by the amazing Gerry Talaoc), culminated in the epic Incredible Hulk #300, where a now totally Mindless Hulk (due to Banner's persona choosing to die rather than share his existence again with a Savage Hulk) faced off against a solo Human Torch, Power Man and Iron Fist and the Mighty Avengers (during which the Hulk and Thor have a battle for the ages!). It was at the end of this Giant-Size issue that the Hulk's former fellow Defender Dr. Strange, banished the Mindless Hulk to a dimension called the Crossroads... which is a Nexus to multiple different Alien worlds and Dimensions in the hope that the Hulk could find a home where he could neither harm, or be harmed. Again, this issue featured some of Artist Sal Buscema's best work on this book (and genuinely some of the best artwork that book had ever seen). However, due to what I suspect was a deadline issue, the final three pages were drawn by the art team of Alan Kupperberg and Danny Bulandi... who proved more than capable of ending this issue in an epic fashion,leaving the mindless Hulk Howling with rage in the Crossroads of Realities...

I have always loved this particular issue (the whole Regression storyline is possibly my all-time favourite Hulk story), so just for fun I had a crack at re-drawing the final page, in an attempt to fit in more with the style of the rest of the book. While the original Kupperberg/Bulandi work is amazing (and far better than anything I could produce!), I was always intreagued as to how Sal and Gerry would have drawn it. This is my interpretation... while definitely nowhere near as good as how Sal would have drawn it, and almost certainly completely different, I'm still pleased with how it turned out.

Enjoy!


The Original, by Alan
Kupperberg and Danny Bulandi. 
My interpretation
of the final page of
The Incredible Hulk #300. 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Transformers - G1 Cartoon-Style

The Transformers was my first professional comics work, producing artwork for Panini Comics' Transformers: Armada, which led to working on the 2003 Metrodome DVD UK release of the original 1980s Transformers cartoon. As someone who collected the toys and loved the Marvel Comic, it was a huge thrill to get to draw those Robots in disguise. 

Recently, I produced several pieces of artwork paying homage to that classic show which proved to be very popular online. Here are some of those pieces, which include a piece based on a Powermaster Optimus Prime vs Hulk fan strip I drew when I was 14 years old (I'm going to have to find that and post it on here sometime!), plus how I imagine that Transformers-hunting Freelance Peacekeeping Agent Death's Head to have looked if he'd have appeared in the cartoon. 

I'm hoping to include these pieces in a limited run Art of Simon Williams sketchbook/art book in the near future... so keep watching this space for more details, yes?






Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Hulk Smash!

It's been awhile, folks... I hope you have all been keeping safe and well during this Pandemic. Times have been crazy to say the least, but hopefully now there is a light at the end of the tunnel... 

I've been working away on various projects since I posted last, and even had my work published by Marvel US (in the form of the Death's Head: Freelance Peacekeeping Agent TPB, reprinting my Hulk vs Death's Head strip from Marvel Heroes!). I'm currently working on an art book, which collects various buts and pieces that I've worked on, so more news on that to come!


Also, this happened! Big Lou Ferrigno, the Original live-action Incredible Hulk himself featured my artwork on his official social media pages! Needless to say, I was ever-so-slightly ecstatic about this, as Lou is a lifelong hero of mine! The artwork is a piece I had done  based on the classic 1978 TV series starring Lou as the Hulk, and the late Bill Bixby as his tragic, tormented alter-ego David Banner. 


Anyways, until next time... here's a recent picture I drew of the ever Incredible Hulk. Enjoy... or you'll make him angry.

And you wouldn't like* him when he's angry...


* We actually love him when he's angry! 
Art by Simon Williams.