Astonishing Art: Poison Ivy and Baby Groot by Oliver Wetter

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I got myself a little education this week.

I was looking for Baby Groot art yesterday. My three-year-old is into the new I Am Groot shorts on Disney+. So the little guy has been in our house a lot in the past several days. So I was in a Groot mood.

I happened across this piece by Oliver Wetter, which puts Marvel’s Baby Groot together with DC’s Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy, Baby Groot, Oliver Wetter

Pretty awesome, right?

Then I looked at the caption, which noted the piece was a tribute to Gil Elvgren. I had no idea who that was. So naturally, I googled it. Turns out Elvgren is one of the best, if not the best, pin-up artists of the 20th century. His name brings up all kinds of sexy art. But this next piece, titled “Daisies Are Telling (Love Me, Love Me Not)” is the one Wetter based his Poison Ivy/Groot image on…

Gil Elvgren, Daisies Are Telling

So I got me a nice little pin-up art education with this one. Thanks Mr. Wetter. And perhaps more importantly, thank you Mr. Elvgren!

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Astonishing Art: Nichelle Nichols by Iain J. Clark

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s never a bad time to pay tribute to Nichelle Nichols, and her iconic performances as Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek series. But it’s particularly poignant to do so now, given her death on July 30.

I think my favorite aspect of this painting by Iain J. Clark is how Uhura’s earring and earpiece are framed in the shot. It highlights a unique sense of style, both from a character perspective and the futuristic universe the show is set in.

One of my favorite installments of “Rob Watches Star Trek” saw me educated on Nichols’ background coming into the show, and how Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged her to stay with Star Trek when she contemplated leaving the show.

RIP to a true legend.

Nichelle Nichols, Uhura, Iain J. Clark

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Astonishing Art: Jessica Cruz by Suspiria Vilchez

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As a character with anxiety issues, Jessica Cruz is perfect for the role of Green Lantern, which sees her overcome great fear to serve and protect others. She might actually be my favorite Green Lantern of all.

So naturally, I was drawn to this piece by Suspiria Vilchez. It depicts Jessica using acrylic inks on acrylic paper. The colors are gorgeous. The character likeness looks and feels authentic. And the “water” effect with her finger is fun. It’s an awesome portrait very much worthy of its subject.

Jessica Cruz, Suspiria Vilchez

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Astonishing Art: The Real GhostbustersII?!?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We learned last month that a new Ghostbusters animated series is in the works at Netflix, not to mention an animated feature film.

While I don’t expect them to go back to the Real Ghostbusters well, Badoochi Studios has provided us with a really fun glimpse at what such a take might look like. I particularly enjoy the Phoebe and Podcast characters done in the Real Ghostbusters style.

I mean…a semi-revival of The Real Ghostbusters would make a hell of splash, right? Does it have to be out of the question?

The Real Ghostbusters II, Badoochi Studios

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Astonishing Art: Leia as a Jedi by Uzuri

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I came across this piece on my Twitter feed a couple weeks ago, and couldn’t help but feature it here. Uzuri shows us what Leia might look like as a Jedi.

*sigh* Oh what might have been. Or could it still be, given what we learned in The Rise of Skywalker? Maybe some kind of story with Luke as a full-fledged Jedi, and Leia as his Padawan?

Book it!

Leia as a Jedi, Uzuri

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Astonishing Art: Neal Adams Draws Star Wars

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The comic book industry continues to miss the legendary Neal Adams, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 80. The world of comic books will likely always miss him. Recently, I found myself missing him a little bit more when I stumbled on to this little gem…

I was totally unaware that Adams had done any Star Wars work. But low and behold, here we have a variant cover for Marvel’s adaptation of The Force Awakens from 2016 (shown below left). I love the red trail that he gives Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. That’s a unique little touch we don’t see too often. And just to see him render Kylo and the stormtroopers is fun.

For those with more of a taste for the classic trilogy, Adams would go on to do a variant cover for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Alpha (shown below right), which allowed him to draw Boba Fett.

It’s a shame Adams didn’t get a chance to visit the Star Wars universe more often. It looked damn good under his pencil. Then again, most things did…

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Astonishing Art: Max Mayfield as Scarlet Witch?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s no connection between Marvel’s Scarlet Witch and Stranger Things‘ Max Mayfield (played by Sadie Sink) as far as I know. Nevertheless, this mash-up by janus.arte works better than you’d think, doesn’t it? I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s those piercing eyes? The red hair? I suppose it’s a combination of a different elements.

Either way, the image grabs your attention. Plus, Sadie Sink would make a good superhero. Or perhaps a supervillain…?

Scarlet Witch, Max Mayfield, Sadie Sink, janus.arte

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Astonishing Art: Mr. Freeze by Mano Ramirez

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m a sucker for Mike Mignola’s Mr. Freeze design from Batman: The Animated Series. It’s got a great vintage sci-fi space suit look to it. The red eyes are awesome too. It’s not a coincidence that the look coincides with the character’s whole renaissance that came about after the pivotal episode “Heart of Ice.”

So when I saw this portrait from Mano Ramirez, I jumped at it. The age that Ramirez injects into the character’s face adds a realism that’s very complimentary.

Mr. Freeze, Mano Ramirez

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Astonishing Art: Starlight by Anthony Helmer

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I must confess, I’m far from caught up on The Boys. Truth be told, I haven’t even finished the first season. But I can still recognize great art when I see it.

That’s exactly what we get here from Anthony Helmer. He captures just enough of actress Erin Moriarty in this image, while still doing his own thing. When you’re drawing from life, that’s one of the hallmarks of a great artist.

Anthony Helmer, Starlight

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Astonishing Art: RIP Tim Sale

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In honor of Tim Sale, who we lost yesterday at the age of 66, I now present just a small selection of his work. Sale’s work on Batman: The Long Halloween helped turn it into one of the most iconic Batman stories ever told, not to mention one of my favorites. But as you’ll see here, Sale’s work went far beyond the Dark Knight. The man could truly do it all, and the industry will miss him tremendously.

Thank you for the memories, Mr. Sale. And for all the truly amazing work.

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