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From My Collection: “Unforgiven” by Rick Leonardi and Joe Rubinstein

In honor of Good Friday, I wanted to devote this post to a very special page in my comic art collection: page two from Brian Augustyn’s Unforgiven (2004, Metron Press) pencilled by Rick Leonardi and inked by Joe Rubinstein.

Unforgiven (Leonardi-Rubinstein) FI

I love the combination of Rubinstein’s inks over Rick Leonardi’s pencils.  I’ve been a fan of their Marvel and DC work but I had never been aware of the religious themed Unforgiven comic book (with primary storyline penciled by Dick Giordano and inked by Terry Austin).

This amazing splash page depicts Christ on the cross, flanked by the two thieves (Dismas and Gestas according to the Gospel of Nicodemas).  I wish I could have seen Leonardi’s original pencils compared to the inked page.  Rubinstein’s line work on the wind, clouds and sunlight lends a sense of power and awe, but the simple lines depicting Mary looking up as her son is dying on the cross add another layer of emotion to the scene.  To the right, a Roman foot soldier leans against his spear as if he’s just passing the time until the condemned have died.  This is a perfectly composed page, and it’s one of my favorites in my collection.

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The Captain America Project #11: Khoi Pham

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

#11: Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers, X-Factor)

The 2010 Big Apple Con was also a mother-lode of Captain America sketches for my jam page.  Next up on my list was Khoi Pham.  I love the line work on this panel.  And even though only half of Cap’s face is visible, Pham brings out the intensity in Cap’s expression.

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The Captain America Project #10: Steve Epting

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

This week: Steve Epting (Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four)

We’re officially at the halfway point of the Captain America Project!  To call this a passion project is an understatement.  It’s been almost two years since I commissioned the first Captain America sketch for this jam page, and I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way.  I’ve had more than a few folks I’ve met at the comic cons say “Are you still lugging that thing around?”  Yep, until it’s finished!  I won’t give away how many panels I have to go, but it’s almost complete.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy the updates!

Steve Epting was the second artist I approached at the 2010 New York Comic Con at the Javitz Center.  As a fan of his run on Captain America, he was one of the artists I needed to get a sketch from for this page.   His commission list was full by the time I made it to his table but since the panel was smaller than a baseball card, he said he would try to fit it in later in the show.  Needless to say, it was worth the wait!

Captain America sketch by Steve Epting

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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 #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 #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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