If you look closely at the top of the page, you can see the faded remnants of two different titles for things I initially planned to write but thought better of. The less legible one says Grobschnitt’s Page and the other is Electro vs. Captain Starlight. It should go without saying that either of them would have been preferable to the page I eventually settled on. Grobschnitt does actually return on the following page, but a chance to engage with Captain Starlight properly would have been nice. Instead we get this. Four little portraits of characters from Marvel Comics. We’ve already seen me draw the Hulk before, on two separate occasions, so this is the third (and, I think, final) time I drew him in my Fairburn books. In comparison, it’s probably closer to the Marvel version than the other two, but that doesn’t make me like it any more. As for the others, I don’t know what to say. Captain America is clearly the version that lives in the 1940s and not the version who got trapped in ice and revived several decades later. He’s a bit of a loser really I suppose, having sworn to kill Hitler and totally failed in that regard. Unless of course he’s talking about Helmut Hitler, Adolf’s secret grandchild from the 1980s, in which case I’ll let him off. But he isn’t. As for Man-Thing, that’s a prime example of me starting to draw something and then realising halfway through that it’s too big to fit on the page. You can see another fine instance of that at the end of this story (the ‘Three’ Arabs). I’m pretty sure they won’t be the last ones we find.
Marvel Sketches
May 1980
TERM 3 1980 continues with the embassy siege and The Empire Strikes Back
Marvel Sketches
Super Jesus A special pin-up of your favourite Nazarene webslinger
Grobschnitt’s Page Meet Grobschnitt, the dome-headed Harbinger of Mischief
Apeth (from Ota Sbees) Ritern ov thu perpal geriller
Exploring the Underworld Eight boys go exploring in a dangerous cave
TERM 3 1980 continues with the embassy siege and The Empire Strikes Back
Lazer Lash An exciting criminal spy adventure in a world made of lasers!
Woman Line Which of these five squiggly lines leads to the woman?
May 1980
Marvel Sketches
Marvel Sketches
If you look closely at the top of the page, you can see the faded remnants of two different titles for things I initially planned to write but thought better of. The less legible one says Grobschnitt’s Page and the other is Electro vs. Captain Starlight. It should go without saying that either of them would have been preferable to the page I eventually settled on. Grobschnitt does actually return on the following page, but a chance to engage with Captain Starlight properly would have been nice. Instead we get this. Four little portraits of characters from Marvel Comics. We’ve already seen me draw the Hulk before, on two separate occasions, so this is the third (and, I think, final) time I drew him in my Fairburn books. In comparison, it’s probably closer to the Marvel version than the other two, but that doesn’t make me like it any more. As for the others, I don’t know what to say. Captain America is clearly the version that lives in the 1940s and not the version who got trapped in ice and revived several decades later. He’s a bit of a loser really I suppose, having sworn to kill Hitler and totally failed in that regard. Unless of course he’s talking about Helmut Hitler, Adolf’s secret grandchild from the 1980s, in which case I’ll let him off. But he isn’t. As for Man-Thing, that’s a prime example of me starting to draw something and then realising halfway through that it’s too big to fit on the page. You can see another fine instance of that at the end of this story (the ‘Three’ Arabs). I’m pretty sure they won’t be the last ones we find.
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