1998 Called...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse (after Joe Madureira).
1998. Pen and marker on bristol board, 11 x 17".

... they want their X-Men copy back.

For my 16th birthday, two friends of mine teamed up to buy me the Marvel Universe coffee table book, which I pored over for hours on end. It included a tiny reproduction of the above cover—it couldn't have been more than an inch and a half tall—by one of my favorite artists, Joe Mad. These were pre-internet days (at least for me) so I had no idea where to find his work or even what all the different titles and numbering systems meant (still don't really understand). All I knew is that I loved his work and this was my only example aside from Wizard Magazine.

For my 17th birthday, my 'rents bought me a HUGE Prismacolor marker set and I built up the courage to start coloring in my work. This was probably my most successful attempt and I remember being pretty proud of it at the time. In a future post, I'll show a particularly upsetting failed attempt.

Before I sign off for the weekend, I just wanted to remind everyone about next week's "festivities." An event nearly two years in the making, Wacky Reference Wednesday No. 100 will feature my most embarrassing pictures yet, and will be flanked on both sides by reference-related anecdotes Monday through Friday. You have been warned. Have a great weekend!


  1. Worse than your "lady poses" for the White Queen commission?! Yikes! I better get my eye bleach ready.

  2. somedays I miss the 90's....today is one of those days..

  3. Neil, eye bleach will definitely be needed... but, hopefully, laughter will still remain the best medicine.

    Ray, I miss them too, but honestly, not much has changed—still drawing superheroes, still have a zit on my forehead.


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