Monday, March 7, 2011

Spider-Man!


Spider-Man © Marvel Entertainment

I posted a rough sketch of this piece a little while ago. I finally got the time to work on it yesterday and finish it up today. I don't draw Spider-Man very often and I wasn't a Marvel Comics reader until I saw George Perez's first run on The Avengers, so I had to pull some reference out for this piece. I went back to the Superman vs. Spider-Man Treasury comic from 1976. I thought it was a nice, timeless, iconic version of Spidey to use. And yes, my copy is the one I bought at the newsstand when it came out. It was even signed two years later by writer Gerry Conway. Gerry was doing a signing at Passport Comics in North Hollywood in 1978. He was the first comic book professional I met. I had him sign my treasury, a couple comics, and bought the original script for the Justice League of America issue where Zatanna joins the team. Before the issue came out!!! Passport was my first real comic book store. I had to take two buses to get to the store from Burbank but it was an adventure. After loading up on comics, I would sit at the back of the bus and read all the way home. Or until I got motion sickness from reading in a moving vehicle. Good times. :)

This artwork was done at the request of Shane Simek for an online art auction to help a friend in need. For more information check out www.cranboyz.blogspot.com.

This piece was done in ink and fluid acrylics on an 11" x 17" sheet of light blue Canson Mi-Teintes art board.

This is Post #1247

10 comments:

Brian Jones said...

Great looking Spidey! Really like this and you cant go wrong with some Ross Andru for inspiration. Well done Gene!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Brian. Actually it's some Ross Andru/Neal Adams/Dick Giordano inspiration. Really can't go wrong with any of them! :)

Andy said...

Gene, this piece turned out amazing (no pun intended)! A huge thanks to you for donating to support The Cran!

Shane said...

Gene, I was on the phone with John Popa when I saw this and totaly described it as being Iconic! Seriously an impressive piece! Thanks so much for helping out!

Royce Thrower said...

Now THIS is the Spidey I grew up with and still my favorite! VERY nice work here Gene.

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Andy!

Thanks Shane! I hope this helps.

Thanks Royce!

Comix Book Gurl said...

Wow!

Shawn said...

Wow Gene! This piece is crazy awesome! Thanks for donating to help out The Cran!

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Beautiful Gene, hopefully it will bring big bucks!

Gary

Little John said...

This is (pardon the pun) Spectacular! You've created an iconic piece here Gene. This is just excellent.