Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Incredible Hulk! Rare 1978 Painted Original Cover Art! John Romita! Bob Larkin!

Back again with more rare art from the famed Marvel Novel Series! This time, we take a long look at the cover design for the 2nd Hulk novel, "Cry of the Beast!" This 1979 pencil rough was sketched by John Romita, Sr, and includes his trademarked sense of action, movement, and drama! Look below to see how it stacks up to big Bob Larkin's fabulous finished painted artwork! Click images to enlarge!

Hulk-sized thanks to Jose Luis Moral for providing the amazing image!

BONUS: Click below to enlarge the original art of the final panic-filled painting! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Making of the "1979 TV Captain America" Cosplay! Marvel Comics Madness!

Sure, I've created a loose version of this variant of Captain America before (click here), but I always wanted to make a fully representational cosplay of the famous (some would say infamous) 1979 CBS-TV movie Cap! So, come along with me as I detail the making of this star-spangled superhero suit! Click images to enlarge!

Above: The difficult part was finding appropriate 70s helmets!
Luckily, eBay came to the rescue, with these two road-worn

Above: The black helmet fit better, so I needed to
swap out the innards of the red one, to better 

replicate the TV helmet!

Above two images: Test-fitting the helmet!

Above: The painting begins!

Above two images: Working with various face masks,
balaclavas, etc..

Above: Cutting a clear snap-on visor, to make Cap's
own face-shield!

Above five images: Crafting the helmet wings and "A" from foam board!
All based on screen-grabs from the TV movies!

Above: The finished helmet, ready to go! 

Above seven images: Making custom leather gloves!
These were crafted for me specifically by master
seamstress Kalliste Cosplay! Note the wonderful
interior customizations!

Above: My custom-designed bodysuit pattern! I designed this in
Photoshop, then had it printed by an overseas firm!

Above: The finished cosplay! I already had the custom shield, so...
Pic by The Variant.

Above: I just had to re-create this cheeky photo-op!

Above: I also created a custom belt, made from foam board!

Above: I found the "buccaneer boots" on eBay, which required
quite a few coats of red vinyl spray paint!

Above two images: I wanted to revise the visor (heh), so I found
a face shield with the "teardrop" shape. Then, after a little
cutting and fitting...

Above: Much better!

Pic by Jamie Earls!

Above two images: I just had to do it! A re-creation of Jim Steranko's
famed cover for CAPTAIN AMERICA #111, from 1969! It took
three different pics (patched together) just to get Cap's pose to
correspond with the original! 

Above images: I decided to slightly revise the traditional outfit,
adding sleeve stripes, a different approach to the midriff bars, etc.
Lots of fun!

Above: Please don't judge.