The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes

For all the Marvelites out there…!

Daredevil King-Size Special #1
Electro, and the Emissaries of Evil! – 1967
Written by: Stan Lee || Penciled by: Gene Colan
Inked by: Marie Severin || Lettered by: Sam Rosen


The Avengers #1
Once an Avenger… Page 16-17 – 1968
Written by: Kurt Busiek || Penciled by: George Pérez
Inked by: Al Vey || Lettered by: Richard Starkings


Marvel Knights = Black Widow #1
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider 1/3: ”Uninvited” Cover – 1999
Written by: Devin Grayson || Art by: J.G. Jones
Lettered by: Richard Starkings


The Amazing Spider-Man #94
On Wings of Death! Page 4 – 1971
Written by: Stan Lee || Penciled by: John Romita Sr.
Inked by: Sal Buscema || Letter by: Artie Simek


The Amazing Spider-Man #94
On Wings of Death! Page 6 – 1971
Written by: Stan Lee || Penciled by: John Romita Sr.
Inked by: Sal Buscema || Letter by: Artie Simek


The Incredible Hulk #287
Loose Ends Cover – 1983
Written by: Bill Mantlo || Penciled by: Ron Wilson
Inked by: Al Milgrom || Lettered by: Jim Novak


Incredible Hulk Special Vol 1
Battles the Inhumans (Preliminary) – 1972
Art by: Jim Steranko


Avengers Assembled – Private Commission, 2009
Art by: John Byrne


The Mighty Thor #159
The Answer at Last! Page 20 – 1968
Written by: Stan Lee || Penciled by: Jack Kirby
Inked by: Vince Colletta || Lettered by: Sam Rosen


The Amazing Spider-Man #119
The Gentleman’s Name is… Hulk! Page 1 – 1973
Written by: Gerry Conway || Art by: John Romita Sr.
Lettered by: John Costanza


The Amazing Spider-Man #86
Beware… The Black Widow! Page 9 – 1970
Written by: Stan Lee || Penciled by: John Romita Sr.
Inked by: Jim Mooney || Lettered by: Sam Rosen


From an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators with original artwork showcasing characters from the Marvel Universe, featuring the Avengers and other heroes. It run between July – October 2018.

July 28th, 2018

Excelsior! Marvel Universe @ MoPOP || SEAttle

Scarlet Witch #1
David Aja, 2016


Daredevil #188, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), 1982


Giant-size X-Men #1, cover
Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum (pencils) and Dave Cockrum (inks), 1975
This rare piece of original art shows the first appearance of the ”new” X-Men literally bursting through an image of the old team.


New X-Men, in-house advertising art
By Dave Cockrum, 1978


The Uncanny X-Men #136, cover
John Byrne (pencils) and Terry Austin (inks), 1980


Wolverine #1, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), 1982


New Mutants, poster
Art by Bill Sienkiewicz, 1984
Mixed media


Matt Murdock’s cane & glasses as used by Charlie Cox in ”Daredevil” and ”The Defenders” (2015-2017)


Daredevil #69, cover
Art by Alex Maleev, 1998


Daredevil #181, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), 1982


Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones created Mercedes Kelly Knight in 1975 for the ”Iron Fist” series. A former NYPD cop, Misty had a mechanical arm (courtesy of Tony Stark), a striking Afro hairstyle (courtesy of Angela Davis) and a tough, sexy attitude (courtesy of the popular so-called Blacksploitation movies that also inspired Luke Cage). As a super-powered woman of colour, Misty was instantly ground-breaking; what’s more, in 1977, Misty and Iron Fist shared what may have been the first interracial kiss in a Super hero comic.


I am Groot, I am Groot, I am Groot, I am Groot (trnsl: Groot as seen in ”Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)


Museum of Pop Culture

June 13th, 2018

Marvel Universe @ MoPOP || SEAttle

Marvel Comics #1
Cover art by Frank R. Paul, 1939


Captain America Comics #1
Jack Kirby and Joe Simon gave publisher Martin Goodman one of the biggest comic book hits of the 1940s when they invented Captain America. Although America had not yet entered World War Two, Simon, Kirby and Goodman already saw Hitler as a grave threat to the principles of democracy and equality. This bold cover powerfully expressed their feelings.


Flo Steinberg
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby worked with many talented collaborators at Marvel – and if you visited the company in the 1960s, ”Fabulous” Flo Steinberg was probably the first person you’d meet. As Stan’s assistant she handled his appointments, helped keep artists and writers on deadline, responded to fan letters, mailed out ”Merry Marvel Marching Society” kits and even dealt with the Comics Code Authority. When she passed away in 2017 she was celebrated as ”the heart of Marvel (in the 1960s) and a legend in her own right.”


Tales of Suspense #98, cover
Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), 1968


Amazing Fantasy #15
Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks), 1962


The Amazing Spider-Man #121
Gil Kane (pencils), John Romita Sr. (inks), 1973


Scarlet Witch #1
David Aja, 2016


The Avengers #57, cover
John Buscema (pencils), George Klein (inks), 1968
This legendary cover depicts the first appearance of The Vision


Captain Marvel #28, cover
Jim Starlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), 1973


Marvel Preview #11, splash page
John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), 1977
Watercolour and gouache on paper

Star-Lord has changed a great deal from his original conception here. This page comes from the first story to pair artists John Byrne and Terry Austin; the two would soon be widely admired for their work on the X-Men


Spider-Man, 1978 Calendar Illustration
John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)


Celebrating 80 years of Marvel Superheroes, the exhibition ran through February 2019. With comics, costumes, props and films, it was Marvel-ously entertaining. I have so much I’d like to show you, that Superheroes will dominate the Humble Fabulist Universe in the coming days. You have been warned!

Seattle, WA

June 13th, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man

The ultimate mid-August afternoon fun!

The Wings of the Vulture! Cover, May 1972. Penciled by Gil Kane || Inked by John Romita
Happy Birthday, Part Three p.p, 28-29, December 2003. Penciled by John Romita Jr. || Inked by Scott Hanna
Wolfhunt! Page 1, October 1973. Penciled by Ross Andru || Inked by John Romita
The Birth of a Super-Hero! Page 1, November 1966. Art by John Romita
The Vulture’s Prey Page 1, September 1968. Penciled by John Romita || Inked by Mickey Demeo

The Final Chapter Page 3. Art by Steve Ditko
The Final Chapter Page 4. Art by Steve Ditko
The Final Chapter – Art by Steve Ditko

Sunday Strip, January 21, 1979. Art by John Romita

The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man. Sketch pages, January 1984
The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man, Page 1. Penciled by Ron Frenz || Inked by Terry Austin
The Night of the Prowler Page 16, November 1969. Penciled by Jon Buscema || Inked by Jim Mooney
And Death Shall Come Page 10, November 1970. Penciled by Gil Kane || Inked by John Romita
And Death Shall Come Page 10, November 1970. Penciled by Gil Kane || Inked by John Romita
To Smash a Spider Page 17, December 1970. Penciled by Gil Kane || Inked by John Romita
In the Grip of the Goblin, Unpublished cover, June 1917. Penciled by Gil Kane || Inked by Frank Giacoia

 

August 15, 2017 @ The Society of Illustrators

The first ever exhibition of original Spider-Man with artwork mainly by John Romita but also my two favourites, Steve Ditko and Gil Kane; including Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others.

The exhibit runs through August 26th, 2017.

You’re welcome!