These are various sketches that appear under the heading of “Beloved Failed Characters” in Hiro Mashima’s Monster Soul. I’m especially intrigued by the minotaur character, variously labeled simply as “Minotaur” and “Underground Minotaur.”
I find myself curious as to what’s up with his head, which began as a perfect cube before evolving into something more square-like. Also, despite apparently being a cow (note the udder/abs), he expresses an interest in breasts, and another humanoid cow character refers to him as a “boy.”
Gender identity among cows is so confusing…
Hey, I’ve heard that too! That’s one of the rumors circulating in a monster town in Hiro Mashima’s Monster Soul Vol. 1.
Leap over the pit and duck under the pendulum! Watch out for the strangling hands of the orangutan in the Rue Morgue! Retrieve the cask of amontillado, without being walled-in! Then get black-out drunk and await in the corner of the bar, or curled up on the grave of your dead wife, and await to be awarded first prize!
Godzilla skull compared to those of other theropods, from a not-to-scaled illustration in The Official Godzilla Compendium (Random House; 1998).
I really like the way illustrator S.D. Schindler drew the werewolves in writer Laura Leuck’s picture book One Witch (Walker & Co.; 2003).
This panel of Bruce Wayne arguing with Lex Luthor is just okay in context, but out of context? Out of context it is awesome. (From Justice League #31, written by Geoff Johns, penciled by Dough Mahnke and inked by Keith Champagne and/or Christian Alamy…but don’t read it! That will just put it in context, and totally ruin this panel!)
That’s Rachael Leigh Cook, Laney “Splatter Girl” Boggs from She’s All That, posing nude(-ish) in this year’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue of People magazine.
She was one of several attractive ladies that posed for a feature that was premised on some study saying the average woman feels best about her body at age 34. Which means RLC is 34-years-old now. Which means Oh my God time passes so fast and we are all hurtling towards our inevitable deaths faster and faster!!!!
Also, RLC sure aged a lot better than I did in the time that’ s passed since She’s All That was released.
Were you worried about Hawkman when Young Lobo chopped his arm off at the elbow in the pages of Justice League United #1, as seen here? Did you think he might be forced to wear a weird golden mace hand until the next time his continuity got rebooted, or perhaps have to give up his hobby of playing keyboard?
Well, it turns out you need not have worried at all. According to Justice League United #2, written by Jeff Lemire and still drawn by Mike McKone, New 52 Nth Metal apparently imbues those who wear it with the power to completely regrow lopped-off limbs in a matter of minutes.
So not only did they give The New 52’s “Savage Hawkman” Wolverine’s attitude and claws, they also gave him Wolverine’s healing factor…? If this sort of thing is going to happen to him a lot, perhaps he should consider changing his name to Starfishman.
That first image is the dustjacket cover for DK’s The Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Revised, while the bottom image is Mr. Mike Deodato’s art for the entire dustjacket, unencumbered by text; the fold for the spine is right where Wolverine and Loki are, so that’s who would be staring out at you from the bookshelf once the book is shelved.
What immediately struck me about the image is what a bunch of jerks the Marvel heroes seem like.
Like, it looks like everyone is pretty organized here, with the heroes on top, striking their poses, and the villains along the bottom, striking their poses.
So where does Mr. Fantastic get off sucker-punching Dr. Doom with a super-stretchy punch from behind? No wonder Doom hates that guy so much!
And on the back cover, we see The Hulk reaching down to grab Doctor Octopus’ arms, which, okay, The Hulk is an id-driven monster, and thus you might wanna cut him some slack for ruining the class photo.
I’m not sure The Wasp and Hawkeye deserve the same latitude though. The Wasp seems to be launching a preemptive strike against The Green Goblin, who at least sees her coming, but Hawkweye? He’s either going to shoot his friend The Scarlet Witch in the back of the head (and what’s Wanda doing with the bad guys, anyway?), or shoot Doc Ock in the throat, while The Hulk is holding him.
Either way, poor form, Hawkeye, poor form.