I’ve recently become fascinated by Phil Noto’s art. Not only is it strangely beautiful, but it also has a particular design atheistic that is very appealing to me. A lot of his work feels like it would be equally at home in a high end fashion magazine as well as a comic book. While his current day job sees him doing interior’s for Marvel’s Black Widow series with writer Nathan Edmonson here is a sampling of what else he’s done.
Liefeld Week, a never ending holiday of macho men, bad ass babes and weapons the world just isn’t ready for. We’ve discussed a great many things but there was nothing we were more excited for than to pick our top 5 favorite covers delivered from the master’s hand. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, but somehow we did it.
Rob, we kid because we love! Here’s the thing, I don’t actually hate Liefeld’s art. I know it’s awful and he doesn’t have a child’s grasp on the anatomy of the human body, but I have some fun nostalgia from my childhood about it. With that said, I know it’s bad and I wouldn’t ever willingly buy anything he’s done. He’s already made a mint off me as a kid from trying to piece together the entire Extreme Studios line of comics he was behind for Image in the early 90’s. I’ll be showcasing here some of what Liefeld does best and other things that are considered the most Liefeldian.
5.) Youngblood #77 (March 2013)
This is the newest entry on my list (the only one that isn’t from his 90’s heyday) and a bit of a curveball. Believe it or not, I actually legitimately like this. I have no idea what’s going on though. Looks like Chapel is back from the dead (Again!) as a demon though this time? That minion behind him looks disturbing and menacing enough and dare I say that Badrock even seems to be slightly more proportionate?
Long time no see, my fellow art aficionados. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular wing of the Brotherhood’s Evil Lair, you’ve entered the Evil Geeks Art Gallery.
There is no collection on God’s green earth to rival the contents of these hallowed halls. You’ve seen recreations of Captain America Comics #1, The Shocking Climax of the Empire Strikes Back, the cover art to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES, the Death of Elektra, and the theatrical poster for Back to the Future.
And still, you’ve come back for more.
Well this week we’ve got a special treat in store for you! In honor of Liefeld Week, I commissioned the finest artists on hand to recreate the timeless masterpiece that is the cover of X-Force #1.
Behold Evil Geeks, the strange and wondrous vision that is LIEFELD WEEK!!! That’s right, starting immediately we’re kicking off a week long tribute to the man who was a god in our youths and is now a pariah as we’ve grown older. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not at one point in your comic loving life, you probably idolized the guy, now we’ll be forever immortalizing him with a tribute so spectacular that it’s going to take a week to get it done. Arthur Harkness, Biff Tannen, Big Evil, C-Mart and Martian Luthor Kang are no more (at least for this week anyway)! In their stead, Darkhyr Harknex, Blitz Tannyn, Extreme Evil, Psy-Mart, and BloodKang are getting us started with a special Rob Liefeld themed podcast! Make sure to check back all week for Liefeldian goodness!
Ah, the early 90s… when comics were king! To this day, the records for sales are held by the Marvel’s X-Books in this era. And, while the sales were through the roof, the writing and art were rapidly plunging toward all-time lows in quality! Nowhere was this dichotomy more apparent than in the pages of X-Force #1.
This is a bad comic. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t own it. In fact, there was a time when I owned five copies of the book, one poly-bagged copy for each of the distinct trading cards contained within. There was even a time when I thought it was cool… but that was a long, long time ago. This is my penance.
Today’s Comic Book Panel of the Day stars those crazy mutants in X-Force! They’ve got themselves into a little pickle and have accidentally become terrorists in the eyes of the world…oops! Anyway, our team is looking throughout this factory when Colossus stumbles onto a hole that wasn’t meant to be there, inside he finds a Deathlok and the panel speaks for itself…
In all honestly I expected the next panel to be Colossus on his knees pleading with Cable with whether or not they could keep it. Instead Deathlok just shoots him in the face!
See ya in the Funny Books Nerds!
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