Saturday, September 25, 2004

Half-birthday half-splash

Today is KM's half-birthday. The first person who mentions that she's now old enough for a learner's permit will be flogged without mercy by a large, angry father.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatic that KM is, I picked up this sharp original art page as her half-birthday gift. It's the first page of issue 19 of Dark Horse's Buffy comic; the page was penciled by Cliff Richards and inked by Joe Pimentel. For a modern-style piece, it looks quite nice — the face-to-face close-ups in panel three are interesting, and the half-splash action shot is nifty. KM was very excited when she saw the scan, and even more excited when I explained to her that it's a one-of-a-kind article. Once framed, it will look terrific on the wall of her room, amid all the other Buffy photos, posters, and memorabilia.

While I was combing eBay for KM's present, I stumbled on something for myself. (Oops!) This dramatic pencil drawing, featuring a face-off between Marvel icon Captain America and DC stalwart Batman, is the work of Mark Spears, a young artist (I believe he's still under 30) who's probably best known for Image Comics' Ultiman and the Marvel/DC crossover Hulk vs. Superman. Mark's style is clean, simple, and vividly retro, with hefty doses of Curt Swan and Carmine Infantino in it — he'd have been right at home in the Silver Age, had he even been born yet. I loved the intensity of this drawing the instant I saw it.

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