#1 Edited by oldnightcrawler (3412 posts) - - Show Bio

from the perfect picture of your favorite X-men:

@fodigg said:

I'll cheat and start with the artist. Phil Noto pretty much nails everything he does, so any of these would be contenders for me.

These are all great.

I like how you've done your entry like you were curating an X-men themed Phil Noto exhibit.

Someone should make that a thread, "curate your own X-men exhibit", and people could pick different artist or themes to base their exhibits on..

#2 Edited by fodigg (6094 posts) - - Show Bio

Jim Lee exhibit is mandatory I would think. Possibly multiple.

#4 Edited by oldnightcrawler (3412 posts) - - Show Bio

okay, so I'll start with a retrospective of some of John Romita Jr.'s classic X-men work.

Romita became the regular artist on The Uncanny X-Men with issue #176 - Decisions (after having co-penciled issue 175 with Paul Smith) in 1983, and drew most issues until issue #211 - Massacre in 1986.

Though he would briefly return to the book in '93 (coincidentally when his original run was being reprinted in X-Men Classic), and to the X-men in general many times after, it was perhaps this original run where he made the greatest impact on the aesthetic of the X-men. It was this run that seemed to really develop many of the cast members, featuring some of Rogue and Rachel's first adventures with the team, Storm losing her powers, and the The Trial of Magneto, among many others.

The Human Element

Romita quickly yet organically established the X-men's third decade as both grittier and arguably more humanistic than previous incarnations. Through subtle changes to the facial and body language, his versions of the characters seemed to reject the heroic proportions and beauty standards of both his predecessors and his contemporaries in favor of more down to earth, empathetic figures.

Simply, his figures were rarely posing and, as often as not, even looked awkward in their own costumes. Not awkwardly drawn, mind you, but awkward in the way that actual people would be awkward, giving an extra layer of personality to each character.

Each character had not only their own distinct figures and facial features, but their own distinct expressions and body language, weighted in a world that felt believable enough to support them. In this way, I can't help but feel that Romita was almost as responsible as Claremont was in really humanizing these characters during one of their most classic eras.

some classic covers and a few scenes from Romita's return in the 90's.
#5 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

Could Kevin Wada qualify even though he's never officially drew a cover or did interior art for the X-Men? I just love his takes on the team -- all beautiful.

#6 Posted by oldnightcrawler (3412 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: as long as it's X-men themed, I don't see why not.

I'd really love to see some more posts on this thread :v

#7 Edited by Mercy_ (92074 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: Wada had a variant for X-Men #1, so he's technically an official X-Men artist.

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#8 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

@oldnightcrawler:

You asked for it then. I have a whole lotta Wada love coming this way in a bit.

@mercy_:

omg --- you would think I would have known that, considering what's all over my profile, lol! Thank you for reminding me. :P

#9 Posted by oldnightcrawler (3412 posts) - - Show Bio
#10 Posted by ragdollpurps (15570 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: Yess, do it. I've been a fan of Wada's fashion illustrations forever, I nearly died when he and Max Wittert started doing their X-Men Couture series of illustrations. And now that he's on tumblr, pretty much all he posts are superhero fashion redesigns, it's heaven. ~o~

#11 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

k, here I go, Kevin Wada, maker of glorious imagery of all things X-Men and beyond.

First off, I think I shall begin with the variant he did for X-Men #1:

Followed by various depictions of the lovely X-ladies in groups:

Not to be outdone, there are the men:

Plus the women, on their own:

Paired with other Marvel notables:

And of course, other just as amazing affiliates in the X-Men World:

House of M:

Kitty Overload (including my favourite image):

(Extras, just because):

#12 Posted by ragdollpurps (15570 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: You should add that the ones on the bottom are the couture series by Wittert, not Wada.

#13 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio
#14 Posted by oldnightcrawler (3412 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis: nice job, mang!

I'm don't always get Wada's overly bourgeois taste in fashion, but there's no denying the cat can draw.

I also haven't seen a lot of these before, especially some of the ones that have the characters in more traditional costumes, so these are a real treat for me :v

#15 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7199 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

k, here I go, Kevin Wada, maker of glorious imagery of all things X-Men and beyond.

First off, I think I shall begin with the variant he did for X-Men #1:

Followed by various depictions of the lovely X-ladies in groups:

Not to be outdone, there are the men:

Plus the women, on their own:

Paired with other Marvel notables:

And of course, other just as amazing affiliates in the X-Men World:

House of M:

Kitty Overload (including my favourite image):

(Extras, just because):

2 much fab.

#16 Edited by McKlayn (1007 posts) - - Show Bio

If i get this right? A bunch of pictures from one of your favorite artist? Sure ok

#17 Edited by HopesummersFORtheFUTURE (2418 posts) - - Show Bio