FLASH GORDON

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Created in 1934 in the comic strip by artist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon, savior of the universe, was rocketed to the planet Mongo to save the Earth from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Leadership comes easily to the athletic, charismatic Flash, who shows the oppressed and divided kingdoms of Mongo how to unite and combat Ming’s tyranny. Over the decades, Flash has been the star of comic strips, comic books, novels, movie serials, animation, TV shows, and a well-loved 1980 film starring Sam J. Jones.

Sam J. Jones’ cinematic Flash served as inspiration for this version’s costume, and I lifted his FLASH-branded ringer t-shirt, tan pants, and Nike sneakers (the pants and shoes have been updated from 1980 fashions). I didn’t try to capture Jones’ likeness, instead looking at Alex Raymond’s original drawings of Flash, but I did take some inspiration from 1930s live-action Flash actor Buster Crabbe’s distinctive finger-wave hairstyle. This sculpture was made with Super Sculpey and Aves Apoxie over an aluminum wire and foil armature, and is 1/6th scale and is approximately 12″ high. It’s painted with acrylic and enamel paints, gold leaf, and the sword is hand-made from aluminum tubing (lots of hammering, filing, and sanding!). For Ming’s image and Flash’s logo, I did simple vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator and printed them on Lazertran inkjet decal paper. This was my first time using this paper and I was really pleased with the results.

As you can see, I’ve updated Flash a bit for the 21st century: he was originally a polo player.

 

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BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE Redux

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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.

I based this pose on the cover of her first appearance in Detective Comics #359, as drawn by Carmine Infantino, with additional design input by John Vukelic. This was done for the 6th Annual Hub Comics DARK KNIGHT ON A DARK NIGHT Batman art show.

Batgirl was created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, and redesigned by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr  (and you can see where Babs Tarr autographed it under the Batgirl logo in that last picture!).

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL

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THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL a.k.a. Doreen Green, is Marvel Comics’ heroine who possesses all the powers of squirrel and girl, seen here charging into action, with her best friend Tippy Toe at the ready.

Designed by my friend Erica Henderson, current artist of USB, whom I pestered for this  design as soon as she was announced as the artist. (Erica and I have collaborated before.) It was designed to be in-scale with the Batgirl Black & White sculpture I did, and is about 7″ high by 11″ long (Tippy Toe is about the tiniest thing I’ve ever sculpted and I had to bust out the magnifying lamp to work on her). It was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Apoxie Sculpt, and the finished piece was cast using Smooth On Mold Star 30 and Smooth Cast 305.

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Erica, writer Ryan North, and colorist Rico Renzi are creating some of the most fun, exciting, and fresh superhero comics in years. A collected edition of the first story will be on sale August 19th at your finer comic book shops!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl was created by Will Murray and the legendary Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.