Cartoonist Darwyn Cooke adapted four of Richard Stark’s violent PARKER books (THE HUNTER, THE OUTFIT, THE SCORE and SLAYGROUND, all published by IDW) into graphic novels before Cooke’s untimely death in 2016. Sad that we’d never get any more of the adaptations, I started reading the original novels, which I’ve been enjoying. I’ve sculpted Cooke’s version of Parker before, but only as he appeared in the first book THE HUNTER, after which Parker had extensive plastic surgery because he’d run afoul of he underworld. Cooke’s second version of Parker is less conventionally handsome, more chiseled, and just meaner looking, and I wanted to sculpt that version, too.
This 1/6th scale minibust is about 3” high, sculpted in Sculpey Firm over an aluminum wire and foil armature, and accented with black cel vinyl.
Cooke PARKER fans: can you tell which specific panel from which Cooke adaptation this was based on?
SPACE SAMURAI FANG (Supēsu Bushi Fang) aka ROCKET WOLF FANG (aka Roketto Ōkami Fang) is a character I made up when I was a little kid. I wrote a lengthy origin story on the Harvard mainframe (where my mom worked), which garnered me a fan letter. He’s the last survivor of an alien race, whose been recruited by the emperor who killed his people. (I think the plan was that Fang would eventually get revenge: I’ve always been about the long-unfolding plots, I guess.)
This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpt, and Apoxie, and painted with acrylic paints.
Here’s a teenage drawing of the character, then a sketch from memory from a week or so ago that lead to the sculpture:
Created in 1930 as a disembodied narrator for radio crime dramas, the Shadow eventually gained a persona, backstory, and has had many bloody adventures on radio (voiced by a young Orson Welles, among others), pulp magazines (mostly written by magician-turned-author Walter B. Gibson under the pen-name Maxwell Grant), comic books, and film (a 1994 feature starring Alec Baldwin). Having learned to “cloud men’s minds” in the Far East, Lamont Cranston (a.k.a. Kent Allard) returns to his native New York City and wages a brutal war on crime, aided by agents from many different fields of expertise. His famous catchphrase “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” was often accompanied, on radio, by his chilling, humorless laughter.
The Shadow was a precursor to Batman, and a huge influence on Batman’s creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Batman spent his first year occasionally toting a gun and dispatching criminals as ruthlessly as the Shadow did.
This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpt, and Apoxie, and painted with acrylics and cel vinyl.
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,) 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.