Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
Talented U.K. designer Rob Lafratta, who once tackled minimalist Ninja Turtles, has created a wonderful series called “Really Super Mario vs. Really Super Wario” that’s pretty much what the title suggests: illustrations of the beloved video-game plumber and his arch-nemesis depicted as famous superhero/supervillain pairings.
Lafratta gives us the mustachioed rivals as everyone from Superman and Lex Luthor to Wolverine and Sabretooth to Wonder Woman and Cheetah.
In a story that seems ripped from the pages of Weekly World News, or maybe just Captain America, we now learn of a comics fan who’s had subdermal implants, tattoos and part of his nose removed in an effort to make himself look like the Red Skull.
Suddenly, that Superman fan who’s undergone numerous plastic surgeries to resemble the Man of Steel doesn’t seem so extreme, does he?
(Fair warning: Actual photos follow.)
Matt Cowan’s handle on DeviantArt is “Matt Can’t Draw”, which isn’t necessarily true. Sure, he is more of a designer, a conceptual artist, than a straight-up “drawer.” His latest series, “Sounds Like,” is possibly a thinly veiled dig at the lack of imagination of Hollywood casting departments. Or is it just an excuse to draw his favorite characters together?
In any case, check them out below. And if you harbor some irrational prejudice against DeviantArt, Cowan’s work is also posted to his Tumblr.
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item. We’re coming a little late today due to a power outage in my neck of the woods — due to a blackout, not because I spent the money for the electric bill on Flashpoint or Fear Itself tie-ins.
If I had $15, my first pick off the shelf would be Vengeance #1 (Marvel, $3.99); I love Joe Casey, and especially when he’s given a long leash and room to play in a big universe. Seeing Nick Dragotta drawing this is an added bonus. Next up would be comics’ dueling summer blockbusters, Flashpoint #3 (DC, $3.99) and Fear Itself #4 (Marvel, $3.99). After that, I’d get the excellent Flashpoint: Batman, Knight of Vengeance #2 (DC, $2.99); when Azzarello is on the ball he’s great to read, and this seems to be that.
On the heels of Tuesday’s dossier, offering details on some of the villains of Captain America: Super Soldier, SEGA has released a second round of images and information on some of the main bosses from the third-person action game.
The art — of Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Baron von Strucker, Madame Hydra and Iron Cross — is accompanied by Brandon Gill, game director of developer Next Level Games. You can see it all after the break.
Arriving in stores on July 19, Captain America: Super Soldier allows gamers, playing as Cap himself, to engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle and battle the Iron Cross, the forces of HYDRA and a host of enemies serving the Red Skull in an attempt to stop evil scientist Arnim Zola. The game ties into Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens in theaters on July 22.
The villains that we added to the game were chosen for a mixture of reasons.
“I did extensive research into historical documents for the styles,” he said on his blog. “In order to make that work, I used different typographies each issue, emulating different typefaces in real work; so I needed a uniform tone, technique and color in the finished art to identify all the covers as a whole collection.”
The five-issue miniseries by writer Greg Pak and artist Mirko Colak kicks off in July.