Astonishing Art: Batman by Russ Braun

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You never know what you’ll see when you follow a comic book artist on Instagram.

Case in point, this little gem of a sketch from Russ Braun. Here we have the Adam West Batman, drawn in the style of Batman: Year One, a la David Mazzucchelli.

Batman, Adam West, by Russ Braun

You know what this makes me want to see? A Batman: Year one story set in the Batman ’66 universe. I’d lap that up.

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Astonishing Art: Woody and Pinnochio

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Odd as it sounds, it took me a minute to understand this image from Lyle Cruse. I had questions. Like…why Woody and Pinnochio? What do they have in common? Is it the whole wood thing? I thought Woody’s head was made of vinyl? Also, shouldn’t Pinnochio be the bigger one?

Then it clicked: There’s a live action Pinnochio movie coming to Disney+ this week, and Gepetto is played by Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is, of course, the voice of Woody. Thus, Woody holding Pinocchio. With the Tom Hanks factor, it all falls into place.

The Tom Hanks factor. Sounds like an element you use to create movie magic!

Woody and Pinocchio by Lyle Cruse

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Astonishing Art: Han and Leia’s Wedding by Geneva Bowers

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This weekend I finally started Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis. The book tells a story which, among various other things, contains Han Solo and Princess Leia’s wedding following the events of Return of the Jedi. I’ve been looking forward to this one. It caps off one hell of a summer for Star Wars books, that’s for sure.

Several days ago, Entertainment Weekly dropped this fun little piece of business. An artistic rendering of Han and Leia’s wedding on Endor, courtesy of Geneva Bowers. It’s got a great storybook quality to it. It wouldn’t necessarily feel out of place mixed in with the Star Wars Little Golden Books my daughter enjoys so much.

I wish Star Wars would do this kind of thing with their books more often. The franchise is so visual in nature, and it makes all the sense in the world. And while we’re at it, more Geneva Bowers Star Wars projects, please and thank you.

Geneva Bowers, Star Wars the Princess and the Scoundrel

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Astonishing Art: The Count by Luke Flowers

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Flowers is a personal favorite of mine. He’s illustrated a few books based on the work of Fred Rogers, two of which I read to my children to this day. His style is unique and quirky, and also very kid-friendly. His work certainly isn’t limited to the Mr. Rogers universe. In addition to his own unique material, he’s drawn the Ninja Turtles, the Muppets, Star Wars characters, along with various ’80s and ’90s pop cultural staples. As you’ll see here, he also has an affinity for the world of Sesame Street

Here’s one of my favorite pieces of his, which he posted last year to his Instagram. A tribute to the Count of Sesame Street fame, done up like a vintage horror movie poster. Like the Count himself, this poster is done up in scary packaging. But when you really look at it, you discover it’s not scary at all.

The Count, Luke Flowers

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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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