In the vein of my Human Lantern colored pencil sketch last time, I made a brief watercolor of The Whiz, another member of The All-Star Winner’s Squad from the DC/Marvel mash-up from June 1997, Super-Soldier Man of War #1. A likely combination of Golden Age speedsters The Whizzer and Golden Age Flash, The Whiz is, in my opinion, an exemplar of bold, simple, superhero design. Lot’s of red, yellow, and blue, I thought the watercolor would give a nice “speed” effect.
I just kind of wanted to make a piece for the oft-forgotten, oft-mocked member of Super Soldier’s All-Star Winners Squadron, The Human Lantern. First appearing in Super Soldier Man of War #1 (June 1997) and mentioned in Iron Lantern #1 from the 2nd wave of the Amalgam Comics crossover/mashup, The Human Lantern is a combination of Alan Scott’s Golden Age Green Lantern and the Golden Age Human Torch, Jim Hammond, so let’s call him Alan Hammond. Despite being a combination of two of the Golden Age’s most noteworthy figures, The Human Lantern was reduced to a bit part shilling cake in his only appearance (though he may have a more important influence on the history of the Iron Lantern). Without further ado, I present the color pencil sketch I made to give a little shine to an overlooked character.
Because I think the Fleischer Superman cartoons are just the bee’s knees, I did a Twitter avatar for The Slim James in that style.
I attended the Coast City Comicon (coastcitycomicon.com) on Saturday November 10th, 2012, right next door in South Portland, ME. It was an interesting variety of dealers, professional wrestling, and some seminars/presentations. After perusing the dealers on one go ’round, buddy Andrew and I, in matching Secret Wars t-shirts, headed outside in the late autumn cold to watch some very bottom level indy wrestling, under the guise of lucha libra, as they called it (lucha taurus, lucha leo, and lucha gemini could not be reached for comment). After an abysmal opener, we saw some hilarious rudo take on the most epic character I’ve seen actually performed in a wrestling ring and not a backyard, Jorge Washington. It was magnificent. Add in the svelt Hacksaw Jim Duggan as the master of ceremonies, and it was a good start. Back in to the dealers, we checked out the other dealer room, with Super Mario 3 set up and calling my name. We caught the tail end of a presentation by Rick Parker on character design, featuring some weird kid blurting out way too much too often (I’m a Reese’s Pieces! What are talking about kid?) then headed back to the dealer room, then stopped by a presentation of the trailer for the upcoming graphic novel, Escape from Jesus Island (jesusisland.com), which was a pretty cool look at the production of a graphic novel, religion or inherent lack thereof notwithstanding. After that I finally, finally got some Super Mario 3, where I promptly realized the only time I’ve ever played that game was the demo in a Rich’s department store (and maybe Wal Mart) in the early 90s. All in all, I ended the day with a few oddities from the cheapo bins (German Avengers: Die Ruhmreichen Racher! and a Marvel The “Nam magazine edition) and had a pretty good time.