This is going to be an annoying post for some of you, but perhaps others will get a hoot out of it. Quite a while back, being a comic book fan as a youth, I did a post on my favorite superhero team ever, The Legion of Superheroes. I also posted some pictures of drawings I'd done of many of the members of the team. With all the hubbub surrounding the release of the new movie The Avengers, I decided to dig out some more of my old "artwork" and share it here. The only defense I can make for it is that these were done in one fell swoop, in ink, with no pencil sketching beforehand or any other "pre-drawing," just freehand.
Back in 1986 through 1988, I worked at a restaurant called Perkins as a waiter and as the third shift supervisor. We had these pads of paper back in these pre-computer days used for issuing a customer a receipt for use on expense reports, taxes, etc... Always one unable to leave a blank piece of paper alone, I found myself occasionally sketching and doodling on the backs of these papers during down time. Eventually, I took to drawing all the members I could think of of my second favorite superhero team, The Avengers, and before long was coloring them in at home. (Why, I don't know... I think I just wanted to have a tangible sort of card - like a trading card almost - for each of the heroes. I used to shuffle them around and do a weird sort of process of elimination "game" with them to pass the time.)
To mark the occasion of the movie The Avengers (which I won't see, but oh well...), I am going to post those original drawings of the same members who make up the team in the flick. This is roughly the way they looked in the 1980s. There is Iron Man:
And Black Widow:
Here are some other selections from the first set of Avengers cards I made. These are not necessarily the most famous members of the team, just ones I was willing to put out there. The Falcon:
Scarlet Witch (my all-time favorite heroine, who has her own profile here elsewhere):
A few years later is when I made those Legion drawings (on 3x5 index cards) and when I was done with those, I started making cards for other DC heroes and then a plethora of Marvel heroes. So, again, I will post some more Avengers, starting with the ones from the movie. Oddly, some of the earlier drawings are better than the later ones, so I don't know that I ever improved! LOL Some of these are in their classic looks. Others were reimagined by me (I had aspirations as a youth for being a costume designer, so sometimes I didn't follow the uniforms exactly.) For whatever reason, I never re-drew The Hulk, so he is absent in this collection. So we have Iron Man:
Maybe you got a little chuckle out of these rudimentary cave drawings. I have been SWAMPED at work, but will be back very soon with another post!