Monday, March 24, 2014

The Fifty - Tony Harris Starman pin-up

Okay, I know I just posted about this piece,but since you all see it down there in the previous post it is kind of obvious that it will be in The Fifty. So why delay the obvious, and without further eloquence, ladies and gentlemen - Tony Harris places Jack Knight in the Fifty.

That won't be the last time I write that last sentence; you'll see it at least once more and likely 3-4 times more. But this one is special.I like it a lot, despite not being overly familiar with the image. I love the raw edge on it that the best early Starman pieces have, before Jack began to look too much like Tony himself! (That is just a joke really, Tony got better but that is maybe why I like the earlier pieces as well, because they contain embryonic Jack and Tony within.) Sentiment aside, the piece speaks strongly to me. I love the attitude that the figure's stance conveys. The colors are used well; it may be black and white but it is not "just" black and white, or "only".

I also own this.

I love it as well. It is from Starman 81, a gimmick issue bred of Green Lantern and the addition of other colors to the GL ring mythos. Well eventually they brought back dead characters, and in this case a dead series, and gave them black rings to wield. Starman 81 was published in 2010 after the series had been finished with issue 80 in 2001 and they brought back James Robinson to write it and Tony Harris to draw the cover.however, Tony had not yet begun painting up the storm he subsequently conjured with his brushes and did this one in pen and ink. it is technically better by far I think, but the early one is in the Fifty right now and ol' Dickie Swift and dead David Knight are on the outside looking in, in my opinion. So far, at least. There is still a lot of room in The Fifty, even if I can count at least 5 spaces reserved for pieces I currently own drawn by Tony without Starman 81 making the cut!

Wow. The Fifty is up to sixteen pieces now. We're getting there. Four are framed and on the wall as we speak. There are also two others from The Fifty not yet unveiled but framed and on the wall as well.

The Fifty
1  BWS Storyteller Young Gods page 4
2  Tony Harris / Ray Snyder Dr. Strange WIRED Magazine cover
3  Gene Colan / Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula 44 page 1 splash
4  Simon Bisley Dr. Strange vs The Mindless Ones
5  Ted McKeever Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom in Hell
6  Dan Green Dr. Strange: Into Shamballa splash
7  Tony Harris 1994 Starman pinup
8  Bill Sienkiewicz Superman 400 pinup recreation
9  JHW3 Milestone Forever pinup
10  Darwyn Cooke Wonder Woman
11  Dan Adkins Dr Strange 170 page 11
12 JH Williams 3rd / Mick Gray Promethea 24 double page spread
13  Rudy Nebres - Dr. Strange, Dracula & The Scarlet Witch
14  Anna Merli Clea
15  Mitchell Bretweiser Dr. Strange watercolor
16  Jae Lee Dr. Strange

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