Friday, March 24, 2006

World's Mightiest Girl

I'm dedicating today's Comic Art Friday to my daughter KM, who turns 17 tomorrow. A more kind, caring, sweet-spirited and wonderful young woman you will not find, search though you may. Happy birthday, Punkin.

If KM were going to be a superheroine, she'd probably be Supergirl. Or maybe Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But if I were casting her as a superheroine, I'd assign her the role of Mary Marvel. Mary had the knack of becoming superhuman without losing any of her native sweetness or youthful innocence. A rare feat, in comic books as in real life. It's a challenge I'd hope my daughter could master.

Mary's spunk and charm are captured beautifully in this marvelous drawing by one of my favorite pinup artists, Michael Dooney. Dooney's style deftly unites the long-past heyday of glamour illustration with a modern sensibility. His female characters always look fresh and joyful, and nothing at all like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dooney is probably best known for drawing. I never tire of asking him to draw my favorite heroines. He did a masterful job with Mary.

Another brilliant portrayal of the World's Mightiest Girl is turned in here by the brilliant Brazilian artist Al Rio. Like Michael Dooney, Al Rio is renowned for his skill at drawing beautiful women. Rio's style, though, is slickly modern, influenced by great pinup artists including Vargas, and comic book stylists such as J. Scott Campbell and Art Adams.

What else can I say except... "SHAZAM!"


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Anonymous Donna offered these pearls of wisdom...

Happy Birthday KM! May your birthday wish, made as you blow out your candles, come true!If my daughter were to bring you home from school for a visit, rest assured, you'd become a part of the family and be very much welcomed into our household! Your Dad and Mom have done a fine job by you!

1:17 PM  
Blogger heroictimes offered these pearls of wisdom...

Just a comment to say, I'm really digging the art/sketches on your blog. Some great stuff.

5:06 PM  

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