Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Constrained…

Is what She-Hulk is in this next recreated page:-



As She-Hulk rejects Wendy and Richard Pini’s very Elf inspired take on her comic because of the consistent shape of the word Balloons…?

Of course we have to remember this is the “artists recreation” of the real events, so she-hulk’s responses are “constrained” by John Byrne himself

What is happening here is that John Byrne is making a reference back to something he has vocalised himself personally about Elfquest in the past, a joke that Wendy and Richard would get!

In fact most of She-Hulks reasons for rejection are actually a nod and a wink or jibe back to the artists who’s work she has just read

She-Hulk as written by John Byrne is well known for breaking the forth wall, but this issue goes a lot further and lot more meta than any other issue, as

I hope is established Reene has told She-Hulk that John Byrne is dead,as that is why she is having to consider other artists for her comic - but this premise is well beyond any suspension of disbelief as there are many pages, like this one that have been clearly written and drawn by John Byrne

In fact it goes even further than that as she-hulk has previously been seen addressing John Directly and aware he is drawing the comic, so she could easily step out of the page and show Reene that John couldn’t be dead…

But that does not happen in this issue…!

Anyway, She-hulk asks the next would be artist to bring something thats big, bold and cosmic…

NEXT WEEK:- Its a female version of Thor The God Of Thunder - No I am not kidding!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

I Just Keep Hearing Things!

I Just Keep Hearing Things!

Is what She-Hulk Says at the end of this next completed page:-



Which starts off with a disagreement between Richard and Wendy Pini around sound FX…

And continues with she-hulk wondering how her knife is attached and concluding with the revelation that she-hulk herself must be an elf as her ears are decidedly pointed…

So what will She-hulk say about this latest effort to bring her comic back to life, find out…

Next Week!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Hard Boiled Perspective

Is what She-Hulk has in these next 2 recreated pages:-



Firstly She-Hulk’s response to having her comic turn into “sin city” is that the pages was “too Hard Boiled” - Hard Boiled also being the name of another comic Frank Miller was working on with Geoff Darrow…

Then She-Hulk says that most of the Male artists and writers have the “subtlety and fashion sense of a Fredrick’s of Hollywood catalog”…

The very panel that features that line of dialogue is a drawing of She-hulk in a very obvious pose, straight from the catalog itself! Yes this is because it is John Byrne who used the catalog for reference when drawing She-hulk and her clothing!

Renee’s reply is to show her some pages made by a “top female artist…”:-


Which is none other than Wendy Pini - who at this time was best known for a very long run on the comic “Elfquest” a kind of “lord of the rings” for younger readers

Elfquest being the direct source of parody on this page

Firstly, it could be said in the first panel drawing there is a a play on the expression “this is the straw that broke the camels back” - an expression used when something is deemed to be the last in a line of unacceptable occurrences.

In this case it's a wolf which She-Hulk is apparently riding, as The Wolfriders are the main company of Elfquest

Next She-Hulk breaks the forth wall and checks if Wendy Pini gave her 4 fingers to make a fist… All the characters in Elfquest have 3 fingers, and Smeg himself as drawn on this page only has 3 fingers

Finally the last panel is another 4th wall breakout as Wendy Pini explains how she drew it- by looking in the mirror!

NEXT WEEK:- More Elfquest as She-Hulks ears are burning…!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Super Spidey-Man! Issue 7

At long last it is the next issue of a comic featuring The Sandman...



NEXT WEEK:- It's She-Hulk if you know what's good for your Elf...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Mad As Heck!

According to Frank Miller, That is what She-Hulk is in this next recreated page, which continues with the parody of Franks own “Sin City”:-


Which makes pointed references to Aerobic videos (of the 1980's one presumes...) … and Impact Comics

According to “wakipedia”:- “Impact Comics was an imprint of DC Comics that was aimed at younger audiences. It was begun in 1991 and ended by 1993. It’s titles featured the adventures of altered versions of superheroes licensed from Archie Comics including the Fly, the Comet, the Shield, the Jaguar, the Web, and the Black Hood. Changes included making the new Jaguar a woman and making the Web an organization instead of a solo hero. This was a second attempt to revive the old Archie heroes...”

So if nothing else, we can safely say Frank was aiming his shotgun at DC with the line “dead as impact comics”…

And then moves back into hard bitten revenge motives…. with She-hulk tickling whoever crosses her path because she is mad as heck…

No, not Don Heck… but the all-ages acceptable for use variation of another name for Hades… aka the place the Devil likes to live…!

IN TWO WEEKS:- She-Hulk reacts to the Frank Miller pages and another guest artist steps forward…

NEXT WEEK :- Its Super Spidey-Man Issue 7 - The Summer Special…!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Built for love, but ready for war

This is the description given to She-Hulk in this next page, this time quite clearly written and drawn by Frank Miller.

Sin City had already made its debut in Dark Horse Presents but it was still in it’s early stages (first story) when this issue of She-Hulk was produced

And what we have here looks as if it could just be a page straight from Sin City that is with the obvious exception of the hand lettered dialogue that accompanies it:-



Where Frank is clearly having fun at his own expense with parody laden noir movie dialog, firstly attacking his own laziness at drawing backgrounds, then saying comics are not fun

She-Hulk scowls, fronts, mutters and grimaces - none of which she has ever been known to do at all.

And finally there is a reference to the infamous issue of Alpha Flight “Snowblind” and ( much lesser known) more recent of She-hulk itself (featuring the Living Eraser) in the shape of “too many blank pages”…

It shows that Frank Miller does actually have a sense of humour, and is willing to pick himself to peices… If only we had seen a lot more like this and a lot less… Well - I think you know what I mean…

This particular page has to be one of the hardest I have ever had to recreate, I have no idea how big the original art is, but my recreation is on a A4 size piece of paper and it took ages to do! So I don’t think Frank Miller was really being that lazy, do you?

NEXT WEEK:- More Frank Miller Magic featuring She-Hulk

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

She-‘oo me old china?

Having established last week that the first would be replacement artist for She-hulk would be British is a start...

But even this does not begin to encapsulate the page that follows as written and drawn by Dave Gibbons- Yes the same Dave Gibbons best known as the artist of ‘Watchmen’… (and as featured on this blog before)



There are multitude of references in the art, this is just a few :-

The coat the punk rocker is wearing is the same as Rorschach’s there is the obvious inclusion of a Smiley badge, the shorts also appear to be pin striped just like Rorschach’s trousers. But we have the much more traditional union jack T-shirt and mohawk haircut to offset this

The police-man is a complete miss mash of apparel - wearing a english police helmet, a sheep-skin jacket (as if he is from ‘up north’), a black shirt with FBI written on it, a standard english police truncheon and a badge on his belt very reminiscent of Judge Dredd from 2000AD (a comic that Gibbons worked on extensively), he is also referred to as "Yer Honour" suggesting he could be in fact a Judge...

There are also a number of british items in the street, such as an old red telephone box, a London double decker bus together with the marvel cliche generic buildings with american names just put on them such as new york town hall etc

On top of all of this is the dialogue which is laden with he most over the top mock cockney you could possibly imagine - Its much more like what a Hollywood producers idea of what cockney might sound like… And yes I am thinking of Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins right now…

The page concludes with the appearance of what is most likely to be the former UK British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Overall one must guess that Mr Gibbons must have heard too many times an rather limited view of response from any would be american comic publisher to which he had submitted his work as a reason for rejection

And this page is a summary of all those negative responses all combined together in one single page?

Renee’s response on the next page seems to suggest this also with a direct statement of failure to capture the American idioms…



Moving on - we again play guess the next artist - Renee says it’s “One of the top talents” - She-Hulk Mentions “Grim and Gritty” and “this Dark Stuff”…

Who could it be?

NEXT WEEK:- She-hulk wonders if her run-on sentence is ever going to end!