Cleaning house I found some old action figures I’d customized as a kid. Customizing action figures eventually lead to sculpting. These were off-the-shelf, cheap action figures (I remember doing a lot with .88 cent pegwarmer Killer Kanes from Buck Rogers) sculpted over in plasticine, lightly coated in Elmer’s Glue, and then sometimes painted over, usually with Testor’s acrylics.
“Original*” character Captain Freedom action figure. I think that’s a Hannibal from the A-Team (soft, rubbery plastic) head and a GI Joe body. I seem to recall using substandard plasticine for some of the trim (you can see it’s “bled” on the eagle on his belt and F on his forehead).
1989’s Batman has seen better days. A GI Joe Outback action figure provides his relatively unadorned torso, but I can’t recall what the rest was. I cut up a Naugahyde carseat at the Nantucket junkyard for his cape.
As has the nigh-invulnerable Tick (whose antennae were painted pull-chain segments). I forget what the figure underneath is, but it scaled to be approximately 7′ to a GI Joe or Star Wars action figures’ 6′.
Although I’d posted some pics of this Batgirl before,Tony Martins (@TonyM_Photo) took these much-improved photos. This 1/6th scale figure was sculpted with a mixture of Sculpey Firm and Apoxie over an aluminum foil armature, primed, and painted with acrylic paints and Cel-Vinyl.
From a recent photoshoot with Tony Martins (@TonyM_Photo), an older sculpt of my original character Fool. This 1/9th scale figure was sculpted with a mixture of Super Sculpey over an aluminum foil armature, primed and painted with acrylic paints.
From a recent photoshoot with Tony Martins (@TonyM_Photo), this is Steel. This 1/9th scale figure was sculpted with a mixture of Super Sculpey over an aluminum foil armature, primed and painted with acrylic paints.
When Superman was (briefly) killed by the monster Doomsday back in 1993, construction worker John Henry Irons was trapped by falling debris from the battle. When he finally pulled himself free, he declared “Gotta stop Doomsday!” as though he had to continue the fallen Superman’s never-ending battle.
Art by Jon Bogdanove, words by Louise Simonson, from The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993).
In subsequent comics, Steel built a suit of powered armor with which gives him superhuman strength and the power of flight, and is probably best known for the movie in which he was played by Shaquille O’Neal.
But I liked Steel best in that first appearance, where he looked for all the world like an amalgamation of two American myths, John Henry and Superman.
Steel was created by Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove.
From a recent photoshoot with Tony Martins (@TonyM_Photo,) Jodorowsky and Moebius’ Metabaron. This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with a mixture of Super Sculpey and Sculpey III over an aluminum foil armature, cast in Smooth-On Smoothcast 300, primed and painted with acrylic paints.
When I sculpted this, it was a commission and I’d never read Metabarons, but liked how it came out and cast it for myself. Now I love Metabarons, and I’m glad I kept this one. I was experimenting with the paint job to try to emulate Juan Giménez‘s painting.
The Metabaron was created by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius.
The Tick for #Watsoncon. This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm over an aluminum foil and Apoxie armature, set on a wood base with added broken wood “floor”. Photos by Tony Martins Photography (@TonyM_Photo).
WINTER SOLIDER for #Watsoncon. Based on actor Sebastian Stan as he appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, this 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm over an aluminum foil and Apoxie armature, set on a wood-block base. Photos by Tony Martins Photography (@TonyM_Photo).
Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
The Terminator mini-bust for Watsoncon. Based on the T800’s appearance in TERMINATOR 2: Judgment Day, this 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm over an aluminum foil and apoxie armature, set on a wood-block based (which has been distressed to look like it’s taken gunfire). Photos by Tony Martins Photography.