Toy Chest Theater: Nosferatu by Joe Hume

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Sometimes it’s all in the lighting, as Joe Hume illustrates with this image of Count Orlock from Nosferatu.

Obviously, we’ve got the hand popping in the foreground. But what really makes the image, at least to me, is how the figure’s face is lit in the background. The effect looks like moonlight seeping in through a window. And yet, it’s still dark enough to give it that spooky vibe.

Nosferatu, Joe Hume

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Toy Chest Theater: Spider-Man Fails?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This image makes me think of the art we saw in the aftermath of 9/11. Images of the superheroes we love, placed next to the very real heroes who rushed in to save lives and provide aid when the terrorist attacks occurred. John Romita Jr’s work in The Amazing Spider-Man #36 comes to mind, for obvious reasons.

The caption on photographer Joe Hume’s Instagram page reads “Sometimes we fail.” That’s interesting, as that’s not how I read this image. Mourning? Yes. Failure? No. But that seems to be the story Hume had in mind. Fair enough, I suppose.

Either way, it’s a powerful image. The iconography of the Spider-Man suit and the fireman’s hat. The orange blaze in the background. But the lighting from below is what clinches it. I don’t know that it’s supposed to be from the fire. A street light, perhaps. Or a light on one of the buildings. But it works very well.

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