As we once more stroll through the hallowed halls of the Evil Geeks Art Gallery, I would like to remind you of the importance of the classics. Sure, many of the subjects we’ve studied in the past have been from the Post-Post-Modern era of pop culture art, or POPOMOPOP, as we call it in the industry, but our artists’ styles have been undoubtedly shaped by the classics. Perhaps my personal favorite comic book cover of all time, today’s featured painting is undeniably a classic.
Like most comic book fans my age, the X-Men were my favorites as a kid. Sure, the Fantastic Four were my first love, but in the late 80s and early 90s the X-Men books were so much fun that no child could resist. And I know he’s not the most popular character, but I liked Cyclops. And it wasn’t too hard to like Cyclops, he was a bit of a wet towel for Wolverine’s tastes, but that was okay in my eyes.
But in recent years, it’s been very hard to like Cyclops. Grant Morrison had him cheat on Jean with Emma Frost. I actually liked that, the reasoning behind it made sense to me: It’s very hard to relate to a wife that’s the embodiment of a cosmic deity, so he strayed. But other writers decided that a man who could fall out of love with a woman must also be the kind of man who could sanction murder and wage war on a species. So, after the events of Second Coming, Schism, and AvX we were left with a Cyclops who was barely recognizable as Slim Summers, the student of Charles Xavier.