Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Chaykin all over…

Is a nice pun / allusion that works on many levels in regards to this next recreated page of She-hulk - (with special thanks to Chris Thompson who coined this phrase on a podcast)

In that:-

It is a page of art by Howard Chaykin

That after reading the dialogue there could be a number of reasons why you could be said to be shaking yourself depending on your inclination, (such as shaking your head, shaking in rage etc)

That the art and dialogue is exactly the kind of thing that Howard Chakyin does, so again Chaykin all over - if anyone was wondering the person in the photo with She-hulk was it is of course John Byrne...

Leaving aside the potentially large slice of innuendo on this page (She-Hulk herself will respond to this on the next page), we have a fourth wall breaking moment where she-hulk herself is addressing John Byrne directly on her own answering machine and saying that her comic is not going become a Talking Head comic.

Which is a nice meta ironic statement, in that all the pages of this comic drawn by John Bryne featuring She-Hulk and Reene thus far seen in this issue are more or else exactly that, sure there is lots of diversity in the poses chosen, but it’s still basically just two people talking

I could go on to wonder if Howard Chakyin was wondering if John Byrne was related to David Byrne - but in honesty that is probably just a road to nowhere..

Talking Heads - "Road To Nowhere”

Which maybe Chris Thompson will see another layer to…?

That aside there is some further meta irony in my recreation of this page, because the original page was just one drawing repositioned slightly and or resized per panel to fill up the page, while I redrew each panel by hand trying to be as meticulous as I could

If anyone was wondering what do I mean by the expression Images Degrading Forever at the moment, the above paragraph is as short of an explanation as I can provide

Does that mean you will be back next week?

Well… It’s up to you! Be seeing you?

NEXT WEEK: It’s Super Spidey-Man! Issue 9- where all the toys get thrown out of the pram

IN TWO WEEKS TIME: She-hulk responds to the innuendo of the Howard Chakyin page

Thursday, 21 August 2014

More originality

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

In response to Walt Simonsons “The Babe of Thunder”

Citing an issue of Spider-man that she-hulk felt was being swiped from

(which David Branstetter mentioned on Facebook, last week)

Of course this is John Byrne having a poke at Todd McFarlanes “Torment” story line from 1990 which was one of Todds first published attempts at being a writer / artist

Walt Simonsons run on Thor started late 1983 ..

So it's rather obvious that if anyone is swiping it’s Todd

Renee in response gives She-hulk some pages of the next artist to try their hand at making a She-hulk comic, an artist who is apparently “Swiping from himself”

NEXT WEEK - we go rather meta as I swipe from an artist who is swiping from himself - but with a twist…

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Doctor is out!

Hopefully the allusion I have made in the title of this blog post will become immediately obvious when one looks at this next recreated page of She-hulk:-

As Walt Simonson continues his self parody by making she hulk so epically powerful that just walking along in high heels is enough to make the world tremble…

Can anyone guess what she-hulks (make that John Byrne’s) response to these pages will be?

Find out NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Super Spidey-Man! Issue 8

This month we present “The Worst Issue Ever” 

with special guest writer Tom (Father of Joss) Whedon!!!

And a special thank you to Darren Wilson and Izzy World who not only provide the front cover quote, but also appear in the letters page

And because you didn't complain enough, the return of Batroc!

NEXT WEEK :- She-Hulk, The Babe of Thunder rocks the world!

Is This Some Sort of Joke?!?

If you are one of the probably very few people who read all my blog entries all the way through, here is a little “Easter Egg” for you

Very recently I went to see “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” movie and just beforehand I made a reference to waiting since 1978 for this movie and finding “My inner Starlord” on Facebook

This is because inside the very first comic that ever got brought for me, which was Star Wars Weekly Issue 22 July 5th 1978 - was a reprint of Star-Lord by Chris Claremont, John Byrne & Tom Orzechowski

This story was a lightning bolt of inspiration, particularly in the art, it was a perfect story for me at that age

This story lead me to follow John Byrne from that point onwards until the present day

That sory and the comic very much still continue to inspire and be used as reference in projects I do, it was a black and white Marvel UK comic, reprinting the best of Bronze Age Science Fiction!

A few years later I found out there was actually a Star-Lord story proceeding the Claremont and Byrne one and other Star-Lord stories following some of which never saw print in Star Wars Weekly

So I managed to get hold of all the original Marvel Preview magazines (which are also Black and White) and I have kept them for quite a few years

Now, hopefully as anyone who has seen the “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” will know in the movie there is a different, but very personal beginning for the young Peter Quill (before he became Starlord)

Also, if you have been to a comic book shop recently you may have seen that the Marvel Preview issues featuring Star-lord are now worth quite a bit of money

So I thought, why not put my issues up for sale and put all the money to Macmillan Cancer Support, as that what Peter Quill would do, if he could

If you wanted to bid on these comics they are on ebay:-

or just spread the word to get people to have a look and make a bid that would be great, every penny raised will make a difference

And in celebration of the inspiration of Star-lord on my efforts so far, and in celebration of the action packed Guardians Of The Galaxy (which is the best Marvel studios movie ever)

Here is my attempt at a panel - my personal favourite - from my favourite Star-Lord Story by Chris Claremont , John Byrne, Terry Austin & Tom Orzechowski

I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Babe of Thunder!

The Babe of Thunder!

The heavy hand of co-incidence reaches out for the 2nd time in this ongoing project, as the internet is currently ablaze with reactions to the notion that Thor The God Of Thunder could be female!

And what better way to address this than to present my attempt at recreating a page by one of best known creators ever to make Thor Comics, none other than Walt Simonson!

It just so happens that this is the next page in She-Hulk!

Simonson is clearly directly parodying his own approach to Thor, tons of expository dialogue and a energy filled drawing all saying EPIC in great big capital letters, this page literally crackles at you!

And Simonson himself says in the dialogue that the idea of a of female Thor is above the same level as all the existing pantheon of Asgardians and the most powerful of all!

And why not? In this context the notion of “a god” is purely a concept, myth that is ages old that can and has been shaped many different ways not just in the comics or in the movies but in the real word, be it Nordic culture or the culture of the rest of the word

In this context in which an artist is making a depiction that art its is passing the concept though a filter of his or her own experiences and beliefs 

There is nothing to say in this context as a comic that any one perception or depiction of these beliefs are any more “right” than another

There could and should be a Thor for everyone, that is a true myth - so in this context Thor is literally defined by not only the person relating the mythical story but also the reader reading it

Why not take this chance to celebrate some diversity and variety in what in some cases can be a bit of a limited world view

What really matters is that you have a passion for Thor and you see him or her as one of sources of inspiration 

To narrow down and really put an epic myth like Thor in just one pigeon box, while I can understand this to some degree, it is really a bit limiting

So I am saying why not judge on the basis of having read the comics and having understood the context in which the female Thor is going to happen - if you don’t like it then fine, but don’t just reject the concept without collecting together some evidence

Having said all that, Simonson then goes on to make a direct reference to Madonnas clothing, most famously the “cone bra” 

If anything this is actually a good comparison, do you honestly think your impression of Madonna really dictates anything she does?!

No you take her as she is your either like her or do not and either point of view is equally valid

Having pushed out the boat somewhat, NEXT WEEK will feature the return of Super Spidey-Man!

She-hulk will continue in two weeks time!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


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!