Thursday, December 24, 2009

Justice League Animated Style Pérez Zatanna Custom Figure

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Bring on the hip boots and bug tiara, as George Pérez's early '80s costume design gets the three dimensional treatment on Victor Kraven's custom Zatanna 2 page!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Justice League Animated Style Steel Custom Figure

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I really liked Victor Kraven's custom Commander Steel, but I think maybe he should have swapped base figures between Hanks Sr. and Jr. HHIII never looked so thuggish as the Indestructible Man of WWII, so he seems a bit off here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Justice League Animated Style Vixen Custom Figure

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There's an actual Vixen figure in the Justice League Unlimited line, which is better than can be said for Victor Kraven's custom Commander Steel, but the artist and I both dig his work here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Justice League Animated Style Commander Steel Custom Figure

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I've been neglectful of this blog in general, and Steel specifically, so I'll try to ramp up the coverage this holiday season. Here's Victor Kraven's custom Commander Steel page, where he discusses his base and motivations for the toy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

2004 Art Adams Justice League Art


I've searched the internet for a simple checklist of 2007 Upper Deck VS System playing cards to find out exactly where this art was printed, and I've plumb given up. As its owner noted, three years after its conception, "This magnificent illustration was actually reduced to a barely 2x2 inch image!" So screw it, we're going to just relish the magnificence of Zatanna (in top hat & tails,) Superman, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman by the modern master himself!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Detail: Justice League of America #239 (June, 1985)

After the Detroit-era Justice League rescued Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash (Barry Allen) from the U.S.S.R., the representatives of two JLofA incarnations had a pow-wow at the Bunker. Aquaman was forced by Superman to justify his disbanding the original Justice League of America.

...You weren't here. Neither was Green Lantern. During the Earth-Mars War, the League fought at half strength... and it was only through the aid of J'Onn J'Onzz that the Martian attack was eventually turned back...

There was a time when the League stood as a symbol... 'the World's Greatest Heroes,' the press called us, gathered to stand in common cause against injustice. Do you remember how it was back then? The seven of us... the original League...

We faced each threat as a team, together, and the League was our highest priority. In those early days, none of us missed a crisis. We depended on each other, and we were always there.

As time passed, the League grew... adding more and more members to our roll call-- and yes, losing members as well. J'Onn J'Onzz was the first to resign; the Batman, the last. And somewhere along the way, that original sense of purpose and commitment was lost as well. For some of us, the League was no longer our first priority... sometimes, not even our second.

What happened during the Earth-Mars War was only the most recent, most obvious example of a continuing trend. Isn't it obvious? The League was already dead, at least in the original sense. I simply signed the death certificate.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Zatanna Gallery by Danielle Corsetto

I stumbled upon these pieces by Danielle Corsetto of girls with slingshots webcomic fame last night. It seems like Zee is one of her favorite characters, seeing as the artist drew her about as much as any character she herself doesn't own, judging from her online gallery here. Maybe Wonder Woman provided competition, but that's pretty darned good company to keep.

2006 Zatanna Smug Pittsburgh Comicon Sketch
2006 Zatanna Sitting On Stage Toronto Comicon Sketch
2006 Zatanna Sitting On Trunk Sketch
2007 Zatanna "'?CIGAM' TAHW ? CIGAM" Sketch
2007 Zatanna "!SPOOHW GNORW .LLEPS" Sketch

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2007 Zatanna Piece by Leno Carvalho

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Leno Carvalho has been working here and there in comics for a few years now, most notably on the BOOM! Studios mini-series Station. From what I can tell on his personal blog, his specialty is teh hotties. Blessedly, he's retrained in his handling of everyone's favorite girl next door stage mage at work. It's a lovely piece, and it's thanks to the Martian Manhunter Fotolog it was brought to my attention.