Tuesday, April 11, 2017

X-Men "Angel" and "Nightcrawler"

I've always been a big "X-Men" fan, no matter what characters or generation they are. Here are two fan renderings of mine, each character from a different era. "Angel" is one of the original X-Men mutant team from the 1960s, a beautiful, super-rich American blond boy equipped with big white wings and the ability to fly and fight from the air. "Nightcrawler," from a later team in the 1970s, is a German born with an alien and "demonic" appearance and a prehensile tail, who has supernatural agility as well as the ability to disappear in the darkness and best of all, teleport short distances. I did these character portraits for the same set of fan zines that dealt with Marvel Comics in the mid - 1980s. Angel's costume is one of my favorite Marvel get-ups. It's a bodysuit in dark blue (or black) and white, where the white part divides the torso and upper legs and looks somewhat like a gigantic sea-gull. The white boots would get grubby fast in land-based battle settings, but on a flyer they look great.

Black ink on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11", October 1985.

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