Monday, July 19, 2010

Fantastic Swords! or "how I spent my Saturday mornings as a kid"

I have a little book that I keep all kinds of crazy ideas in that spill out of my head at random moments during the day. One such idea that I had was to create these giant paintings based on comic covers, panels, and characters in general. I've done a couple already and I'm really happy with how they turned out. That then led me to think, "Why should they all be real comics? Why not fake comics that have all the elements I want in them! I am, after all, the one holding the paintbrush! I'll be making the rules around here, you defenseless canvas!"

So for this upcoming batch of paintings, I wanted one of them to be a totally original creation of my favorite 80's cartoon swordsmen. The result is above. Could you imagine this being a real team!?! Seriously, who would have the slightest chance against He-Man, Lion-O, Leonardo, and Snake Eyes? The answer is no one. I don't care if you bring in Apocalypse, Darkseid, or Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. Heck, bring in Galactus if you want.

He-Man would lift Galactus up by his big toe throwing him off balance while Leo and S-E ninja jump all over the toppling soon-t0-be-corpse slicing and dicing just as Lion-O throws a powered-up Sword of Omens straight through big G's chestplate. The body never even hits the ground, but rather it rains down in the form of fresh sushi rolls. Game over. They have a hearty lunch, share a round of high-fives, and have an after party at Castle Greyskull.

That's how the Fantastic Swords roll.

I'll post pics of the painting (and the other bunch o' paintings) when I finish. I did this entirely on the computer start to finish, using Painter, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Inspired by the great John Buscema and Marvel comic covers of the 70's (beautiful pieces of art).


xtimmyx said...

I've seen a lot of amazing things in my day, but that is amazing! If you ever make prints out of this, i want one!
So awesome!

gostrider33 said...

i so want a copy of this!!!

Meghan Tyler said...

fake. not real.

Gordon Andrews said...

Wow, this is amazing. I would totally buy a print of this as would many men of a certain age who grew up in the 80's. I think I would pay more though to replace the turtle with Thundarr.

Mumm Ra said...

Guess who is Awesome??? You are!!! I saw this image somewhere, then started looking on eBay. Couldn't find it anywhere. Now Google searching to find out this.
So now, since you teased the entire 80's kids generation, you must complete this cover with a full length issue.
P.S. Marvel Comics, Please pay this man for his time & dedication to The 80's Kids and their kids. Thank You