Thursday, February 02, 2006
Back home in San Diego. Wrapped up the mini tour of Paris with some signings around Paris (Bercy and Velizy). This sketch of Havok was done for Jerome, my translator/guide at Angouleme.
I remember the first time seeing Havok in the pages of the X-Men. His unusual, unique, way ahead of its time costume--designed by the incomparable Neal Adams--just created a black hole on the page; it just drew your eye to him every time he was in a scene. Then when he used his powers--the graphic, flat series of concentric circles really just looked like no other power manifestation; just really amazingly powerful visually, iconically.
This one is obviously influenced by the fantastic interpretation Jon J Muth did of Havok in his Havok-Wolverine mini-series some years back. That series is still one of my very favorite comic books and is recently back in print as a collection. Simply breathtaking art and a cool story courtesy of Walter and Louise Simonson.
Done in marker, brush, white out pen and using my finger...here's a larger scan.