Friday, February 06, 2009

It's Covered

Covered is a blog where people redraw comic covers, I like that idea, so I decided to bang this one out for the hell of it, it's so nice to draw and not worry about composition, perspective all that proper stuff, because someone else has done the work for you, and just push a pencil round like you did when you were a kid copying favourite pictures. I'd like to (re)draw some UK comic covers and maybe a few other things. For those that don't know Blue Devil came out in the mid-80s as part of DC's 'we're making comics fun again' idea, that I guess must've included 'Mazin' Man, it was created by Dan Mishkin and Gary Chon with art by Paris Cullens - who drew the better version on the left. Blue Devil started out as a quirky adventure romp with funny dialogue and moved further into humour and came up with the idea that the main character was a 'weirdness magnet', which meant general high jinx that included DC mystery stuff. Anyway, I was about 15 going on 11 and having a day out with the family in Marsden Grotto picked up Blue Devil 29 in a paper shop, and loved it, no idea if it still holds up, but I still have it and don't want to spoil the happy nostalgia.

5 comments:

kelvingreen said...

How strange. I grew up on Marvel comics, mainly because that's what I could get in my end of the woods, and I only ever saw one DC comic in my youth, before I discovered comic shops. It was Blue Devil #17.

This is a great image. I really like your chunky, style, and it works really well for this cover. It's vaguely Simonsonian, and that's never a bad thing!

paulhd said...

Walter Simonsonian? Cool.

Peter Bangs said...

Blue Devil was great. It had a degree of dopiness that has only just begun to make a return to comics in books like The Perhapsanauts. I picked up Blue Devil from his first appearance as a preview in ...Firestorm I think, and Loved it, particularly Paris Cullin's work. Your version of the cover is absolutely great and I look forward to seeing more covers recovered. You really ought to put them forward to Robert Goodin though. If this one's anything to go by you make the grade on quality.

shane oakley said...

corkin! do more!

the free/loose and spikey pencil/ink line is a look/style that you should furiously pursue.

it was AMBUSH BUG that delivered the dopey dope for me, can see you doing a brill bug.

paulhd said...

Peter - Yeah, I think I might indulge myself and reread my issues. The dopiness was the appeal, and it is lacking in comics now. Someone should write and article 'Biff! Pow! Comics aren't just for adults!' No idea if Covered is invite only or not, might drop a line and find out.
Shane - Cheers, definitely pursuing the pencilled look, this one was lot's of fun to do. Hmmm Ambush Bug, that was some good stuff, and it has given me an idea.....