Throwback Thursday, the Series.
While digging through my closets for a yard sale I found a box. A veritable tbt treasure trove filled with superhero drawings from a long-ass time ago. Some of them are characters I’ve gone on to draw professionally, some… well, you’ll see.
Every Thursday I’m going to pull one of them out and assess, deconstruct, and annotate it, perhaps you’ll come along on the journey.
This week we have…
Right off the bat, I’m struck by the moody, night time lighting. Turning reds purpley under moonlight is a trick I’ve employed quite a bit in my professional life (and it’s one I want to try on Spidey, now.) I mean, I probably just ate the red crayon, but cooler color palettes and tweaking signature colors is a thing I still do.
And what is up with the Daily Bugle Sign?? This Spidey is working for the Daily Captcha. ECLUBRN? This is the pre-literate toddler equivalent of white people throwing random Asian lettering in the background to make a scene all cool and cyberpunk and have no fucking idea what they’re actually spelling out.
A final note is the entrance to the ECLUBRN building, which J, Jonah Jameson had flown over from Smurf Forest.
And below it we have my Spider-Man: The Clone Saga Redux cover from 2009, one of two times I’ve drawn Spidey professionally. It’s interesting (to me anyway) that they both feature a left-handed Spidey and a dominant monolithic skyscraper in the frame.
Come back next week! It’s a big box…