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Original Rob Liefeld Artwork Youngblood, Spawn, Deadpool, Cyberforce

mtwice aka Rob Liefeld is selling some awesome original art pieces. These boards would look great framed in an office or living room. Act fast because there is not much time left on these, the vultures are circling.

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Rob Liefeld’s New Mutants plus Levis 501 Denim

Back in the early 90’s I remember seeing a commercial for Levi’s Jeans that featured a young up and coming artist named Rob Liefeld. The commercial was directed by none other than Spike Lee, who at the time was directing a lot of Nike’s commercials. In the background you can see images of The New Mutant comics that Rob had begun illustrating for Marvel. The title was in a major slump until Rob came along and pulled it out. Later on Rob would leave and start Image comics along with some other great artists. Rob has been no stranger to controversy his career like many other artist has been plagued with many ups and downs. But I would rather focus on some of the milestones instead. These are few of my favorite New Mutant’s issues.


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Who needs Scarlet?

When you have Scarlet Crush?

And Rob Liefeld variant covers?

I’ve been on the disabled list, but it’s time 2 shine. The recent Scarlet series by Bendis and Maleev has been awesome. This week I’ll be going over some of my favorites of 2011 and hoping for some reader interaction on what I should check out that I’ve missed. Let’s go.

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Greg Capullo, an appreciation.

Greg Capullo started as a comic artist with a style that, while not always the most critically applauded, had it’s own feel. If you know his name, most likely the first thing you think of, however, is his work on SPAWN, which people will argue was just a reference piece rip of Todd McFarlane’s style. It brings to light the question, what role does originality play in terms of recognition of quality. I would like to take a minute to appreciate the fact that Capullo was a master of form, and anything lacking in terms of originality was more than made up for in terms of aesthetic and growth over the years.

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite. Quasar.

This is the era with which I recognize the most uniquely “signature” form in Capullo’s style. While he will reference John Buscema as a notable influence, I would say that his style in this period was somewhere between Arthur Adams and the mid ’80s work of Sal Buscema. It had some of the same flair for emotive, but simple facial expression that Adams somehow mastered. Compare the rest of his figure illustrations and then the faces of these figures. His use of fine details in his figures should be seen in a nice contrast with his very simple faces. His focus instead – in his finer moments – in the face was to direction, eyes, and emotion. Capullo did this well, and while his style does not share that fine detail with Adams, it begins to work in sharp but defined lines that work very well with motion and proportion, ala Sal Buscema’s work on Spectacular Spider-Man. I could go on, but just go with me here.

While I definitely enjoyed Capullo’s work (for some reason I vividly remember some of these issues of Quasar featuring Makkari moreso than many of the much more big name Marvel romps of the time) I also will not deny that it had it’s failings. His facial work fluctuated from the emotive style I mentioned above to simple flat and lifeless. Arthur Adams soft, rounded lines helped to cover the deadface moments – with Capullo’s near “L” shaped jaws there’s no room for a lackluster moment. He had those. And it hurt.

When he moved on to be the successor of Rob Liefeld on X-Force, the pressure was on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel was trying to have a bit on visual continuity on one of it’s more valuable properties at the time. Capullo gave a downright Darwinian effort – he evolved his style to a more bombastic, detailed effort that should be seen as both a success and failure. He was slowly moving away from some of the simple angles that could draw comparison to the work of Sal Buscema, but was also moving towards that Liefeld style of nuclear-steroid musculature. He managed, however, to keep a faithful hand to proportion, a welcome change on X-Force that held it together after the big name ticket left the title.

Given the situation, Capullo did a much more than competent job and by the end of his run on X-Force (10 issues, as compared to Liefeld’s 9) the series had transformed from a vehicle for a single entity to a living, breathing comic book.

And that might be his greatest strength. When Capullo moved to SPAWN, his style again had morphed. This time it echoed with the ever present McFarlane style, with uber-detailing and his angles and line softening, it also can be compared with some of the best work of Adam Kubert in the mid to late ’90s.* He was able to take McFarlane’s level of style and make it an applicable long standing form that transformed the book much the same way he helped to transform X-Force. From a fan’s perspective, Liefeld’s X-Force and McFarlane’s Spawn were merely vehicles for artist/creators who were larger than life, larger than the project. It can be compared to watching a Chicago Bulls game in 1993; you weren’t watching the Bulls really. You were watching MICHAEL JORDAN. Sure there were 9 other players on the floor, coaches, organizations, history… all of that was secondary to this individual.

And it takes something, or someone, transcendent to take interest that is focused on the strength of an individual and redirect it to a more intangible entity. Capullo did this. Twice, in my opinion. And to even do it once is something that should be exalted.

*I would have given my right arm to see what Capullo would have done with some of the Marvel X-Men books in ’90s. It would have been just awesome.

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If only I had the word…

My love for Rob Liefeld and his misshapen, haphazard, footless art knows no bounds. I have 35 copies of X-Force #1, all of the trading cards, and have only opened one copy. I’ve even favorited hisLevis commercial on youtube. But I need to proclaim this.

Publicly, preferably in t-shirt format. And if possible, some sort of declarative that doesn’t necessarily count as a word, but will be instantly recognizable as my absolute approval of all things Rob.


Perfect. Someone, please pass that copy of Heroes Reborn: Captain America graphic novel sitting on my coffee table to me?

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Thats’s A Lotta Liefeld…

This is a HUGE lot of X-Force. All the Liefeld tiny feet you could possibly want and beyond…

(pictures of the rest of the lot available in the auction)

It’s so weird to me that X-Force managed to be so popular. Even then, I didn’t see the appeal, and the writing always seemed terrible to me. I mean, Shatterstar’s nick name was “Shatty Buns”. What does that even mean? Deadpool and Garrison Kane though, those guys were cool. I think I read issue 2 more than any other issue I had (which in total was a whooping 4 issues), just because of the opening scenes of the blabbermouth ninja guy fighting the guy who could shoot his hands. It was so ridiculous that it actually worked for me, unlike Feral being, well… feral and Cannonball getting gutted what seemed like all the time.

But hey, if X-Force was your thing, this is a good chance to score a vast majority of it.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #64

Jim Valentino and Rob Liefeld do their own spin on Wolverine.

But fortunately for readers, it wasn’t some strange Image crossover. It was contained in the pages of the classic WHAT IF.

Huge appreciation of this. Rob Liefeld’s finest hour? Maybe.

This issue is a great example of why Wolverine has been so hugely popular over the years. His character type is a chameleon. He was built to be a soldier, a ninja, a secret agent, a super hero, a science experiment. A victim, a villain, a hero. He fits so perfectly into any skin, any story. To be honest, his recent role as a full fledged every day hero has zero appeal to me. But here, as a soldier, or his “in continuity” adventures of the time as a secret agent / off radar type were right where he should be. Here’s to that.

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Top 100 Summer Comics… #70

Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld drew the cover.

Louis Simonson wrote the story. (way cooler in my book than the above, even though it’s a nice cover)

And oh yeah…

#70 – X-Factor 50

Cyclops blows the hand off a Celestial. NUFF SAID.

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New and Old New Mutants Posters

Leave it to my luck for me to start dwelling on the Days of Future Present crossover and fate puts something in my way for potential purchase.

Damn you. I was just getting ahead on bills. Must. Not. Click. Buy…

Okay. Think I made it. It doesn’t hurt that this is a pretty unappealing poster. I don’t even think an intern designed it, they just went to the local Duane Reade and said to the stock boy, “HEY. Here’s a dollar. Design something that looks uninteresting!”

I’ll say this – the covers actually look WAY cooler on the poster than they ended up. When they went to print they added a border design and the images really got chopped. Pretty cool to see them in this form. Maybe this would look cool fram- STOP.

Oh and while we’re at, how about a couple of other New Mutants related gems?

Pretty nifty new poster for the recent New Mutants series. I dig it, and they all look spot on, but it lacks a quality that this next poster has in spades…

TIMELESS. This 24×36 Alex Ross poster tugs at my Bill Sienkiewicz fan heart-strings and hits all the right beats for anyone who appreciates the New Mutants mach 1.0 (or 2.0 but who’s counting.)

But for those who prefer a lil’ more Liefeld with their New Mutants… well here you go. Widows Peaks’ and all.

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Someone is Getting Kicked Out of Mom’s Basement

When you see an Ebay seller listing dozens of shirts and records all from straight edge bands, you can safely assume that person went through a recent life-change. When you see a woman listing her wedding dress, smart money is on that marriage having gone south. And when you see an obviously intense comic book fan selling their prized collection, it’s safe to say they are being evicted from their parent’s house and need money to start their adult life.

Here’s just a small sample of the Animal Man sketches this guy is listing from a myriad of good and bad, known and lesser-known, artists. Help him get a hot plate for his new bachelor pad.

In other news, someone paid Rob Liefeld for a sketch.

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