You ever looked at a painted cover and wondered about the models that’ve been used for photo reference? Who are they? How in the world did they get the opportunity to become Mystique or Storm? Seems like it can be just as simple as a Craig’s List posting, sometimes. Bleeding Cool relayed that Mike Mayhew, who’s probably best known for his SHE-HULK and PULSE covers, posted a classified ad last there last week looking for some sporty models.
Here’s just how he words it…
My name is Mike Mayhew. I'm a comic book artist who specializes in realistic art. I have a gig from Marvel Comics, and I am in need of the following types:
- Caucasian female with long red-hair. Blondes might work for this one.
- Caucasian female with short red-hair.
- African American female.
- brown or black hair caucasian male.
- blonde caucasian male.
All applicants must be between ages 20-27. A tall (5'8"+), physical fit physique is a must. A handsome or pretty face is needed. Fitness model types are preferable.
I'm looking to shoot pics at my studio in Glendale next week for a story that will appear in a Marvel comic. The photos are merely reference for my art and will not be reproduced. Most sessions will be one hour, with the exception of the lead roles which will be two or more hours. My schedule is somewhat flexible and I can work with you on setting up a time.
Please submit photos for consideration. Professionally taken photos are preferred. I will not be able to reply to all of the submissions.
Hmmm… Caucasian females with long and short red hair? My best guess would be Rachel Summers and her mom, Phoenix. Or maybe Mary Jane entertaining different do’s? The rest of the descriptions could fit any number of characters in the Marvel U. The photo-shoots still going to happen this week, so any of you Comic Vine maniacs with the proper modeling resume might still have the chance to respond to this. Do any of you figure you're going to give a shot? == TEASER ==
Wait - - Glendale? That’s right around my usual haunt, and I DO fit Type #4 above. Gee, Babs has already gotten to be Catwoman AND Wonder Woman. Maybe I’m letting the chance for comics immortality slip through my fingers here...
While we’re on the subject, I'll say that, as impressive as all the heroic guys with the lantern jaws that Alex Ross typically uses are, the cover model I’ve always wondered about is the guy Tim Bradstreet used for his PUNISHER covers. He was one SCARY-looking dud and the "intimidation factor" never really let up on any of the 100-odd covers Bradstreet used him for.