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The Captain America Project #9: David Finch

The Captain America Project: 20 artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week: David Finch (Ultimate X-Men, New Avengers, Moon Knight, Batman: The Dark Knight)

David Finch has been one of my favorite artists since his run on New Avengers.  The first page of original art I bought was from New Avengers #13.  In subsequent years I picked up a couple of pages from his Moon Knight run, and a few sketches at the New York conventions.

One week after the 2010 Wizard World New York show, he was appearing at the New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javitz center.  He was the first artist I commissioned for the Captain America Project at that show.  I had commissioned a few sketches from David in the previous three New York Comic Cons, and I have always been in awe of his artistic ability.  Check out his series of DVDs for the Gnomon Workshop and you’ll see what I mean.  But he took it to a whole new level with this Captain America head sketch.  Take a close look at the picture below.  It was drawn with a ball point pen.  No pencil sketch underneath.  He just flat out drew it straight from his mind’s eye.  In ballpoint pen.  Amazing.

Captain America by David Finch

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The Captain America Project #8: Herb Trimpe

The Captain America Project: 20 artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week: Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk, The Defenders)

This particular sketch from legendary Marvel artist Herb Trimpe was the last one I commissioned at Wizard World NY in October 2010.

I’ve been a fan of Herb’s work since the 70s.  I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the first comic books I bought as a kid was drawn by Herb.  I consider him an artist whose work defines the art of the Bronze Age.

Almost one half of this project was completed over that two day event.  At this point in time I won’t give away how much of this jam page is complete, but I will say that it’s almost done.

Captain America drawn by Herb Trimpe

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The Captain America Project #7: Joe Madureira

The Captain America Project: 20 artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week: Joe Madureira (Uncanny X-Men)

Joe Madureira was another artist I approached at the 2010 Wizard World NY show.  I had approached him early in the afternoon that Saturday, but he advised he wasn’t drawing sketches.  Normally I wouldn’t ask a second time, but as the day went on, more than a few of the attending artists that worked on my page would say, “You HAVE to get Joe Mad for this page.”

Later in the day I noticed he was drawing a pencil sketch for an attendee.  Figuring it couldn’t hurt to ask, I asked if he had opened up a sketch list.  He hadn’t, but when he saw my Captain America jam page in progress, he agreed!

In my last post, I mentioned that Alex Maleev had accidentally spilled a drop of ink on one of the empty panels.  Joe looked at it and said, “I can cover this up in my sketch if you want.”  Of course, I said yes.

You can’t tell from this picture, but the ink stain is actually hidden in Cap’s shield.

Captain America by Joe Madureira

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The Captain America Project #6: Alex Maleev

The Captain America Project: 20 artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week: Alex Maleev

I commissioned Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-Woman) for this Captain America sketch at Wizard World NY in 2010.  As he drew this, he accidentally got a drop of black India ink on the panel below it.  Fortunately the panel was blank and the ink drop didn’t affect a sketch, but it was very noticeable.  The good news is, the next artist was able to incorporate it in his sketch.  More on that next week!

Drawing by Alex Maleev
Captain America copyright Marvel Comics

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The Captain America Project #5: Rob Liefeld

The Captain America Project: 20 comic artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week: Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood, New Mutants)

Rob Liefeld made an appearance at Wizard World New York back in October 2010.  When the artists and fans at the show saw my Captain America page in progress, more than a few said, “You HAVE to get Liefeld to draw a Captain America for you.”  He was absolutely on my list.  I go there early that Saturday morning and and was one of the first three people on line when the doors opened at 10 AM.  It was worth the wait.

Normally I would watch the artists as they drew their version of Cap on my page, but Rob needed some time before he could work on it and asked me to leave it with him until he worked on it.  Over the next hour or two I walked by his table to see if he was working on it.  During that time I saw him work on a Wolverine and a couple of Deadpool commissions.  He got to mine about halfway through the day and it was definitely worth the wait!

Drawing by Rob Liefeld.
Captain America copyright Marvel Comics.

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The Captain America Project #4: Rich Buckler

The Captain America Project: 20 comic artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

Sorry I’m behind schedule!  So this week there will be two Captain America Project updates.

This week: Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four, co-creator of Deathlok)

I got to meet Rich toward  the end of the first day of Wizard World New York in October 2010.  He’s one of my favorite Marvel Bronze Age artists, and I was lucky to get this sketch before the show ended.  Yep, four Captain America sketches in one day.  I’d call that a pretty good haul!

Drawing by Rich Buckler.
Captain America copyright Marvel Comics.

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The Captain America Project #3: J.G. Jones

The Captain America Project: 20 comic artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week:  J.G. Jones (52, Doc Savage)

Watercolor by J.G. Jones
Captain America copyright Marvel Comics

When I approached J.G. Jones in 2010 I was expecting a pen and ink sketch.  It turns out he was doing watercolor commissions all day and he was able to squeeze this request in for me.  Fortunately the paper stock I chose for this jam piece was thick enough to handle watercolors.  I don’t want to play favorites, but this particular head sketch went above and beyond and I couldn’t have been happier.  J.G. is a super nice guy, too.

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The Captain America Project #2 – Ethan Van Sciver

The Captain America Project: 20 comic artists, 20 drawings of Captain America on one page.

This week:  Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern Reborn, Flash Reborn)

I got this sketch from Ethan Van Sciver shortly after Mike McKone’s at Wizard World New York in 2010.  One thing that surprises me is the varying line weights Ethan was able to achieve with a rapidograph given the actual image area he had to work with was almost half the size of the image below.

Captain America Copyright Marvel Comics

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The Captain America Project #1 – Mike McKone

In October 2010 I started The Captain America Project.  My goal was to commission 20 comic book artists to draw Captain America on one sheet of 11×17 comic art paper with 20 pre-drawn panels.  Each is panel a little smaller than the size of a baseball card.

Each week I’ll be posting a new panel from the page in the order in which it was drawn.  When the project is complete, I’ll post an image of the entire page.

First up was this sketch by Mike McKone (Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four).

Captain America Copyright Marvel Comics.

I was very impressed with the amount of detail he added to this sketch given the panel he had to work with was only 2″ by 3″.  The flag in the background was a great touch.

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Thoughts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier (SPOILERS)

Captain America The Winter Soldier Poster

Starring Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johanssen (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier)

Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo; Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley; Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

With each major comic themed film that’s been released over the last year, I couldn’t help but think about when the tide would turn and the genre’s popularity might start to wane.  But with over $400 million in worldwide box office since it’s April 4th opening weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier proves the comic book film is still popular among U.S. and international audiences.

Anyone who knows me knows that Captain America is one of my all time favorite comic book characters (see The Captain America Project in my previous posts), so The Winter Soldier is one of the films I’ve been looking forward to the  most this year.  The character really is timeless, with each generation of creators since Joe Simon and Jack Kirby creating stories of pure comic book fantasy (The Silver Age Avengers comic books) and weaving issues and events of the last 70 years into storylines to keep Cap relevant over the years (World War II, Communism, distrust of government in the 70’s, the post 9/11 world).  During the film’s opening weekend I caught a screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with two of my amazing friends (I’ll call them Wonder Woman and Phoenix), and the movie didn’t disappoint.

SPOILERS BELOW

Positives:

Chris Evans as Captain America

Steve Rogers doesn’t lose his soul or his hope for America when Project Insight and Pierce’s true motives are exposed.  As a man out of his time with 70 lost years to make up, he retains his ideals and moral compass without being jaded or effected by the modern era.  The fish-out-of-water element of his character doesn’t overpower the story, and it’s his introduction to the returned veterans in Sam Wilson’s support group that provides Cap with a sense of familiarity in a complicated world.

The Winter Soldier

I have to admit, when it was first announced this sequel would focus on the return of Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) as HYDRA’s walking death machine The Winter Soldier, my first reaction was mixed.  Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting crafted an amazing run with The Winter Soldier in the Captain America comic book, but there was a part of me that was put off by the “resurrection” of Bucky Barnes.  In my opinion, Bucky was one of the Marvel characters (along with Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy) that should not have been brought back from the dead.  But after seeing the film, I’m sold on bringing Bucky back.

Anthony Mackie as Falcon 

Falcon/Sam Wilson brought me back to the Bronze Age Cap/Falcon stories I grew up with, and actor Anthony Mackie was great in the role.  Sam Wilson was more than Cap’s wingman (sorry for the pun), he’s a leader that holds his own.  His backstory as an Air Force veteran of the War on Terror was the perfect origin for a contemporary Falcon, and his empathy for Steve Rogers as a veteran struggling with a return to normalcy is the backbone of their friendship.

Robert Reford as Alexander Pierce

Going into the film it was Robert Redford’s performance as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Anthony Pierce that I was looking forward to the most.  This inspired casting elevated Winter Soldier from a high octane comic book/superhero film to an engaging political thriller.  Redford’s portrayal of Pierce and his true motives for Project Insight within S.H.I.E.L.D. was reminiscent of the ambiguous government characters in Alan Pakula’s conspiracy films of the 70’s.  Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley referenced the classic films Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View as influences on their story.

Easter Eggs

I won’t name all of them because the fun is in discovering them.  But one name dropped in the film got me thinking about the future of Marvel’s films: Stephen Strange.   I’ve been saying Doctor Strange was deserving of his own feature film for years.  Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Different tone from Captain America: The First Avenger

The first film (directed by Joe Johnston) had a look and feel that showed direct inspiration from the pages of the comic books.  Winter Soldier had less of this tone, but I felt it was appropriate for this film.  To me it was representative of how comic book stories have evolved over the last seventy years.  First Avenger was the Golden/Silver Age comic book, but Winter Soldier was the modern age comic book.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier is more than a comic book film, it’s an action film/political thriller with comic book characters.

Negatives:

For me, there weren’t any.

When I first read that part of the story was influenced  by current events, particularly a government “kill list,” I was concerned the film would be too heavily focused on the idea of government as evil/untrustworthy and possibly insert a sucker punch or two.  But I was happy to see the film did not take that route and instead showed the honorable, patriotic members of S.H.I.E.L.D. putting their lives on the line (with many making the ultimate sacrifice) to fight a HYDRA infiltration of their organization.  Great job by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley and directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a solid film with equal parts adrenaline and emotion that raises the bar for comic book movies as Marvel Studios works toward The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.  Last week Marvel announced that Captain America 3 will be slated for May 6, 2016, the same weekend as Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film.  We’ll see who blinks.

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