The Marvel Boy is an older sculpture in honor of today’s release of YOUNG AVENGERS by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (whose two PHONOGRAM miniseries I would highly recommend). Originating in the Marvel Miniseries by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones, Marvel Boy was really Noh-Varr, a misanthropic, teenage alien, angry at the world and ready to conquer it for our own good. He’s mellowed some, but we’ll see how much of his old brand of “Zen Facism” will appear in this new series.
This was done for the English charity Childline. I knew I wanted something loose, cartoony, and caricatured, so I asked my friend Daniel Lundie to design it (hence the “Woot! Dan waz here!” grafitti on the tombstone). Not only because he can nail caricature, has a wonderfully perverse sense of humor in his drawing, but also because he’s British. For some reason I didn’t think I could nail the Englishness of Shaun (or do a good caricature of SHAUN star Simon Pegg).
And I probably wouldn’t have thought of a chav zombie girl.