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A Vision Of Beauty

I’ve made it clear I love Rick Leonardi. He’s one of the unsung greats and has done more to keep me excited about comics than most of the supposed giants in the field. I’ve probably also made it clear I think the Vision is one of the characters in the Marvel universe with the most potential. He’s (it’s?) a robot that thinks like a man that thinks like a robot. At the end of the the day, what is he? He’s married, but largely incapable of the emotions that allow for a loving relationship. He’s complex, man. I feel him.

I’m also feeling this gorgeous (and weirdly affordable) page from Vision and The Scarlet Witch #1. I know, Vision isn’t on the page and I’ve got significantly less love for Wanda than I do for him, but look at panel six. Look at that. Leonardi is as much a robot as Vision. He’s a robot programmed to make the absolute best-looking comic books imaginable. Frame this.

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Break Out the Peyote, Going On a Vision Quest

The Vision is an interesting character. He’s like Spock- we shouldn’t be able to relate to him, but we can’t help it. Being perfectly logical and making sense is cool when you live in a world filled with insane villains and your best friends wear weird outfits despite not having secret identities worth protecting. So I always liked that dry humored android. I think he did pretty alright in the lady department for a guy who seemingly has no game whatsoever.

Here’s two very different visions of The Vision.

This is original animation art from some Deadpool cartoon that made its rounds on the internet. I think the internet is a good place for Deadpool. It’s made to be immediately digested and forgotten about just as quickly. Deadpool is the Tron-outfit guy of the comics world, so the internet should be his stompin’ grounds. Antoine Dodson has more pathos and depth than Deadpool, as evidenced by this art which takes The Vision and somehow manages to further neuter a character we weren’t confident had balls to begin with.

And here’s a George Perez cover piece from some book I never read. It’s a fight in CYBERSPACE! For those of you under the age of 30, cyberspace was a cool place to fight villains in the late 90’s. Now it’s a little beat. This art is fly, but I’d just as soon see these characters fighting in line at Taco Bell. Way more interesting than cyberspace.

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Wistfully Thinking Back to the Good Times

They don’t build comics like this anymore. Romance between robots and mutants! Top-tier logo design! Team-ups so inane they stretch past irrelevancy and into brilliance! These are the good ole days my friends. Look upon them and experience the sadness that comes with lost love.

AND, while you’re in that lovelorn mind-space, be sure to check this out. I’m tapped out this week otherwise I would have purchased this myself and never told you guys about the auction. This is seriously the coolest piece of original art I’ve stumbled across on Ebay. I think about calling old mutant girlfriends every time I look at it.

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Setting the bar: Avengers cover art

For a long time, Marvel was dominated by their merry mutants. Before that however, the Avengers were the major force. And now, they’ve regained their throne.

But as good as the series is now, without hindsight it will be impossible to really judge how great their reign has been. Looking back at the Avengers run of the early and mid 1970’s shows that they had their highs and lows, but all in all, set a new tone for art, creativity, and fast paced action. As a nod to that, I picked a handful of covers from the series between issue #50 and #100 to see just how great, ridiculous, terrible and downright perfect comic covers can be. Enjoy.

Avengers #93

aka… Thor smash Fantastic Four. Cap approve.

Avengers #71

aka… this “A” stands for wackass shield!

Avengers #57

Classic.

Avengers #78

“Okay hear me out. His name is Man-Ape and he’s totally NOT offensive.”

Avengers #98

Whoever loses ends up with War-Hawk’s facial hair styling. Fight hard, brave soldiers.

Avengers #89

Classic x2.

Avengers #63

Underrated cover. Why isn’t this on a t-shirt yet?

Avengers #80

aka… Thor stupid.

Avengers #77

There are definitely far too few comics discussing super-heroes hired for manual labor these days.

Avengers #83

Classic x3. Fitting that Mr.BeathisWife is the main dude being womp’d on here.

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Perfect way to ring in the Summer.

I don’t know who was making the decisions over at 7-11 in the 1970’s, but bless their heart.

Their inebriated, intoxicated, comic loving heart. Who other than an absolute diehard would think…

“you know what would be cool? UATU on a SLURPEE CUP!”

And the best part is the blurb / bio on the back of each cup. Pure genius.

In the interest of space, I will give just a small sampling of my favorite. Please note the absolute Double A roster of heroes – there are definitely some bigger names from this seller that I didn’t include (Hulk, Spider-Man) but the sheer number of low level Marvel heroes is astounding.

I implore you to click through and read the bios. And also spend some time perusing the rest of the items from this seller. Some real gems, but staying in the Slurpee realm, please note two of my other favorites: Native American Rain-In-The-Face and Kansas City Chiefs QB John Stenerud!


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