This original painting comes to you direct from the artist. Painted in bright, primary acrylics with chrome enamel highlights, it has a protective high-gloss varnish. Behold the Awesomizer measures 16x20x1 inches, with the artwork extending uninterrupted over the edges of the canvas. Signed.
Inspiration for this work of comic book-themed pop art comes from comics legend Jack Kirby, whose style practically defined Marvel Comics art of the 60s and 70s. Best known for co-creating Captain America, the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, the Eternals, OMAC, and the DC classics of his own Fourth World series, Kirby published Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers near the end of his career. Our website hosts the original pages of Captain Victory that inspired this painting, here: http://marswillsendnomore.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/comic-book-craze327.jpg
Behold the Awesomizer pays tribute to Kirby and to the sense of cosmic wonder found in science-fiction comic books. As the powerful hand emerges from a whirlpool of rippling energy, a metallic eye shoots beams of light into the krackling vastness of outer space. Kirby Krackle coalesces around the hand as beams of light radiate from its fingertips. Inside it all, a great cosmic brain thinks thoughts that only you can determine.
What a fun gift for the science-fiction fan and comic book collector in your life: A unique, original work of art based on the style and imagery of one of comics most revered legends!
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Damn it, these issues are hard to find in print! John Byrne worked on four issues of Charlton’s short-lived science fiction series, Space 1999. You don’t find too many of them in the back issue bins, though.
Archaia Press recently published new Space 1999 material by Gary Morrow, who also turned in some great black and white artwork for the original 1970s Space 1999 Magazine. John Byrne’s issues, however, remain something of a rarity.
We suspect once you see the pages, you understand why. Nicola Cuti’s story telling got us way more involved in the space drama than we expected. Byrne’s art rocks at the level of his classic X-men and Alpha Flight stories that garnered him far more fame not long after this brief stint. Our sole complaint: this outer space adventure tale did NOT run for 50 or 60 issues! What a great team Cuti and Byrne make here. Enjoy!
- From Space 1999 #3-6; Charlton, 1975.
John Byrne art, Nicola Cuti story.
John Byrne fans may also want to collect Space 1999 Magazine #4 produced by Charlton at the same time. Byrne worked on the fourth issue only.
He probably has a real name, but we call him the dude of dudes. See, the big dude is made up of a bunch of little dudes. If you look closely, you will notice they resemble the wooden figures artists often use as models. You buy them for a few bucks at the art supply store and pose them. They became obsolete for us once Marvel licensed a Spider-man figure with even more points of articulation than these little guys. You can find big dude outside the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
We previously shared a splash panel and a Doc Ock value stamp from this issue. But, Avengers #130 has a couple other interesting pages worth salvaging from the beat up copy we found. At the Swordsman’s funeral, Thor – a Norse god – eulogizes his departed comrade with words from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. A few pages later, Hawkeye gives an honest reaction to the origin of Mantis. It’s more than a little like Miracleman’s wife’s reaction to his “bloody stupid” origin.
- From Avengers #130
- Reprinted in Essential Avengers TPB #6 (but not with the value stamp!)
This original Robot painting comes to you direct from the artist. Painted in bright acrylics with a high-gloss varnish finish, it shines like a metal robot should! It measures 10×10 inches, with gold, red, black, and tan colors. Signed.
Inspiration for this work of pop art comes from the Tomy toy robot in the 1970s. We affectionately called him Robbie Robot back then.
We include Robbie in the package with your robot painting! Please know this model does not fully function. The gears will wind, and you can hear them work, but they don’t provide enough power anymore to get Robbie moving. Still, he has retained all of his parts, unbroken, and a good deal of his original shine, too. Frankly, he just likes being on display with his portrait.
What a fun gift for the science-fiction fan in your life, or avid toy collector: an original work of art based on a vintage toy robot!
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This original alien painting comes to you direct from the artist, signed. Inspiration for Alien One comes from Tomy’s Mighty Men and Monster Maker toy from the late 1970s. This Martian face with exposed brain appears on one of the plates in that kit, where children can make crayon and pencil rubbings of a variety of space mutants, freaks, and vintage heroes.
Alien One pays tribute to Tomy’s classic toy, and the fun of alien science fiction stories. The Martian’s implacable glare, dramatically cropped from full view, seems full of cartoon menace. Who knows what terrifying thoughts lurk inside that bright and seething brain?
The painting measures 11×14 inches, painted on canvas with bright acrylic colors that recall the pulp and comic book colors of science fiction’s ‘golden age.’ Layers of acrylic varnish give it a durable and glossy coat. See our photos for more detail, including a scan of the painting and several shots in both natural and full spectrum light.
What a great gift for the science fiction or comic book fan in your life: An original work of art based on a collectible vintage toy, with a face only a monster lover could love!
Please see our listing on eBay if you would like to make an offer on this artwork.