I got two more pages from the 2015 one-shot X-Men: Blind Science at reasonable prices. I know, this means they're not in demand, but it's still fun to own four pages from the same book, and with the entertaining Doctor Nemesis to boot. These consecutive pages (20 and 21) show the X-Club discussing a dystopian future with Hank McCoy. Art is by Paul Davidson and Francis Portela.
I met artist Daniel Cvammen at a convention a few months back (remember when people could go to conventions?) and was taken by his eerie, mutated versions of genre characters. I thought he'd be the rare artist who could render an interesting Warlock (from the New Mutants, not Adam Warlock), and I'd say he lived up to that. Here he is with the work, and then a close-up.
Superman #250 (1972) was published in a more innocent era in which not every #250 was a triple sized, foil-embossed anniversary issue. It was part of DC's "52 big pages for 25 cents" era, though. The lead story was a highly entertaining Cary Bates tale in which Terra-Man has an astonishing number of tricks up his sleeve to foil a super-opponent who really ought to be able to wipe the floor with him. If that weren't enough, it has an inventive B-plot about a man whose homemade smog filter backfires and causes his mere presence to erase the ink from any nearby money. Those two plots were coming together as the story reached page 22:
As usual for the era, the art was by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. Here's the finished page. As you can see, Superman has been turned into a feeble elderly man by Terra-Man.
Another Kaluta page! This one is from issue #2 (of 2) of his 1989 Dark Horse adaptation of James Cameron's underwater sci-fi film "The Abyss." Kaluta did pencils and inks. Randy Stradley adapted the screenplay, edited and colored too.
This page covers the tensest moment in the whole film, which can be summarized as "two people, one diving suit." Quite a memorable scene. I would have done the monochromes in a lighter shade; they obscure the linework by being so dark.
Here's another page from the Abyss (issue #1 this time), with the pivotal moment at which Bud discards his wedding ring in the chemical toilet, then thinks better of it and fishes it out. He spends some of the movie walking around with one blue hand as a result. The wedding ring later saves his life. Symbolism!
Kaluta does a great job with the faces especially. Again I'm less than enthused by the coloring job, though there was an attempt to render Ed Harris' piercing blue eyes.
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2020 19:37:06 GMT -5 by rberman
I got a couple more early 70s Action Comics pages by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. This one (#422, page 14) is signed by both of them plus Julius Schwartz, which is a nice touch.
It's the conclusion of a clever Cary Bates story that mashes up "The Boy in the Bubble" and "The Fugitive." A teen boy's aberrant immune system generates giant phagocytes which Superman must deal with. The naive boy gets roped into a squabble between two actors on a sci-fi TV show and is used as a patsy to almost kill one of them. The climax is rushed; there was one more "Where are they now?" page after this one. I wrote a review of the story here already.
If someone has a recommendation for a particular product I should use, that would be great.
Maybe a bit late but I can recommend this product. I found out about it from an Asian art gallery that swears by it, it's gentle enough for rice paper, totally reversible, and doesn't leave stains. I thought it might work on sort of delicate newsprint but it's not a binder, it's for mounting one piece of paper on top of another, like the word balloons would be or for matting something before framing. Acid-free and of archival quality.