Monday, April 14, 2014

Captain America Mondays #8: THE SUPER SOLDIER!


I couldn't keep up with weekly Captain America Mondays because I got another art job after I started it. I'm sure he'll pop up again on this blog. I did finally see Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it was awesome! The above pic was influenced by the closing credits animation. 

The movie should have been called Captain America: The Super Soldier. The Winter Soldier wasn't really the central focus and Cap kicked butt. Seriously, no one has handled Captain America on screen better than the Russo brothers. 

Now, I am biased toward this character, but this was my favorite Marvel movie to date. Even if you don't agree with me that it is the best of the Marvel movies should you see it, I guarantee that you will see the most intense, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and emotional of these films. Go see this movie! 

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Monday, March 10, 2014

Captain America Mondays # 6.1 and Winter Soldier Stuff


Too busy for a new Captain America drawing this week, so I threw some color in last week's.

There was a lot of Captain America: The Winter Soldier features at Comic Book Resources this week:
A four minute clip from the movie
And interviews here, here, here, and here

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Monday, March 3, 2014

Captain America Mondays # 6: Cartoon Cap


I have another project in the works that is more serious in nature and realistic in style, so I may be playing around with this cartoony stuff more just to mix things up. ( Hopefully, I'll be able to show some of that other project later in the year. Stay tuned.)

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Captain America Mondays #4: Kurtzerg is Better Than Lichtenstein

Frail and Sickly No Longer!. Acrylic on board. 24x22. After the work of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Syd Shores, and Artie Simek from Captain America #109 (1968). 
The comic book:
The panel:
Details:


Pertaining to the title of this blog post:
Kurtzberg
Lichtenstein

And something to think about:

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The New Suit

Unless you're a comic book fan, you probably don't know where Captain America's new suit in The Winter Soldier comes from. I'm not crazy about it--Cap needs to have some red and white stripes--but it is inspired by the comics. Here's a little write-up on it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Captain America Mondays #3: A Quick Sketch

I had hoped to have a large painting up for today, but it's not quite ready. Tune in next week for that. Here's a quick sketch influenced by Captain America: The First Avenger.

And here's a new TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Why All the Love? (My First Comic Book)

If you've been checking in on this blog over the last week and a half, you my be wondering, "Why all the love for Captain America?" (You're probably not, but it's a good way to start this post.) Here's an excerpt from a journalistic creative nonfiction paper about comic books I did for a class I took last year:

     But twenty-nine years ago, I knew nothing about specialty shops (and reading comics—or anything—on a computer tablet was only a science fiction idea!). I saw Captain America #300 on a spinning wire rack in a local deli/newspaper/liquor store; my mother let me pick one comic out of a few dozen that were stocked on the rack. I didn’t really know much about comic books. I had watched reruns of the Batman TV show so I understood some of the lingo and sound effects (WHAM! KAPOW!).  So, for an eight year old boy, the comic book with Captain America and his arch enemy the Red Skull beating the crap out of each other on the cover looked awesome! After reading it a few times, I traced pictures from it in order to teach myself to draw like the artist of the book, not realizing that I was erasing the monetary value of the comic. A few years later I learned how to take care of these precious collectable items that would make me rich someday. I learned that my defacement of this issue made it worthless, so it got tossed.

My search for Captain America #300 was used to tie various parts of my "journalism" together. Anyway, this issue has a cover date of December 1984 and Captain America went on to be the first comic book I collected.

Thanks for looking,
Mike