On the tenth day of Christmas, Santa said to me, you better watch out for this one...
P'Gell designed by Will Eisner
If Caniff brought the femme fatale to comics, Eisner took the concept to another level. He had a bevy of beautiful badgirls threaten the Spirit over the years, but P'Gell is the cream of the crop and an entry representative of all the Eisner femme fatales.
all the calssic femme fatale elements we saw with the Dragon Lady are there...the raven tresses, sultry poses, simple dress, cigarette in the holder etc. yest she still manages to read damsel in distress and viper waiting to strike all at once. For me, P'Gell is the pinnacle of the femme fatale in comics, and everything that makes the concept such an archetype is visible in her design. The fact that Eisner was a master of portraying body language and subtle facial expressions accentuates those features in the design and her posture and expression are part of that design driving home the dual feel of attraction and threat.
"We cannot change the world until we change ourselves." -Christopher Wallace
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Its getting harder to not repeat villains but I found another favorite design of mine. On the 10th day from deep space ccomesanother giant with my favorite color scheme I think and it fits right in with Christmas.
I'm mostly a "Marvel Guy", but as a teenager I really got into Batman off of the back of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore's The Killing Joke. From there, I started regularly buying the Bat-books (both U.S. and UK), as well as picking up the odd '70s and '80s back issues. The Killing Joke really cemented by love of the Joker as my #1 among Batman's villains, but the more appearances of him I read, the more I thought this villain was just an awesomely evil creation. And part of what was so awesome about him was his look.
The Joker's classic green and purple costume changed relatively little between the '40s and the '80s, but unlike some in this year's Classic Comics Christmas, I was never much of a fan of the way the Joker was drawn in the Golden Age. My Joker is the Neal Adams' Joker or the Brian Bolland Joker (along with all those who have drawn the Clown Prince of Crime in a style influenced by these two). Really though, it's a killer costume whoever draws it -- and I'm including the Joker's pallid white face, green hair and scarlet grin as part of that costume, of course.
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He may have just barely missed Cei-U!'s list, but he made it on mine! I struggled between this choice and the Lizard, but went with Man-Bat simply because I think he's been drawn more consistently than the Lizard has. Unlike the Lizard, who switched from the literally toothless Silver Age design to the one too many teeth modern incarnation, Man-Bat has always maintained a consistent design, feral bat from the torso up and human-like (to an extent) feet from the bottom down.
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
For me this is the definitive look for the character. It's incredibly intimidating and honestly feels like what an evil god should look like. Once again blacking out face and only illuminating the eyes comes across extremely menacing and the detailed armor is just impressive.
"It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison
My ultimate version of Ares is Kevin Smith's portrayal on the Legendary Journey's of Hercules. The smooth smarmy oily stuck on himself God of War. Perfection I must say and when people say Ares or God of War it is this television version I think of 1st anymore
He’s a human pterodactyl! How much more justification do you need for my putting
on my list? Actually, he’s doing double duty: not only is he representative of the kind of reptilian rapscallion I dig (I could easily have picked Stegron or The Lizard instead) but he satisfies the Neal Adams yen that nearly led me to name Man-Bat. It doesn’t hurt that later artists like John Byrne and Michael Golden also did stellar renditions. The Tolkein connection is immaterial, however, as I first read X-Men #60-61 years before crossing paths with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sauron is just an incredible (and scary as hell) design.
Post by Reptisaurus! on Dec 22, 2017 16:12:24 GMT -5
10. Stegron the Dinosaur Man
Probably(??) designed by Gil Kane, this miracle of design manages to capture the basic human-ness and the general Stegosaurus-ness you should have in a dinosaur man. And that is not an easy combination to pull off! Steggy doesn't look slow, Sauropodian and plodding either - He comes off as lithe and dangerous to even speedy little land mammals.
(Plus Stegron is my favorite Marvel Character of all time - He's so terrible at being a super-villain but he tries SO HARD! He is the Charlie Brown of evil, and I love him.)
Post by Paste Pot Paul on Dec 22, 2017 16:36:38 GMT -5
3. Judge Mortis by Brian Bolland
Initially I had chosen Judge Death, the more famous of the Dark Judges, the lead singer if you like. However while researching pictures I realised that the drummer of the band had THE look I preferred. So I present to you my 10th day, my Number 3 with a bullet, in all his bony glory ... JUDGE MORTIS
Love how the shoulder pads and belt buckle fill out the theme, but that overall look just screams bad...BAD things, creepy little Japanese slithery girls, rictus-grin clowns, bleached bones in the desert...the dead and the dying and puppydog tails.
It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed.