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Monday, June 20, 2011

WEAPON X by Dan McDaid


I first read Weapon X round at my friend Alex Jamal's house. Marvel Comics Presents, issues... I don't know. Maybe from issue one onwards? I don't remember. What I do remember is having my tiny mind completely blown by Barry Windsor Smith's stunning, horrible, gorgeous artwork and - just as importantly - his spare, punchy, visceral writing (I probably wouldn't have used the word "visceral" back then. Then again, I might - pretentious teenager). For a while, I was fascinated by Windsor-Smith, how his art morphed from the early Kirby-stuff to the more delicate, art nouveau-inspired stuff. I even kind of got into Mucha cos of how much it reminded me of BWS.

I haven't thought about Weapon X and Barry Windsor-Smith much since the early 90s, so it was a real pleasure to go back to them for this Twart. Good pick, Dan P!

10 comments:

Stephen Thompson said...

Excellent composition, top notch fuzzy ass. Good stuff all round.

Chris Samnee said...

Lovely brush work, Dan! And you can't go wrong with a fuzzy butt! :)

Dan McDaid said...

Thanks, guys! Should I have given him short shorts or something? A lot of people are mentioning his hirsute posterior...!

Stephen Thompson said...

Nah, I mean who likes short shorts?

JC said...

The fuzzy buttocks in the background certainly make an important impact on the mood and composition of this wonderful illustration, but the "helmet" in the foreground is what really provides those buttocks with the incredible perspective and ability to bring the viewers back to the BWS Weapon X story, which to me is where the origin of Wolverine stories should have stopped. Your recollection is just a great to read. That tale was indeed mind blowing, and as much as Marvel tries to ruin it, they can't.

Mr. Hawthorne said...

Great comp, Dan!

mike

Urban Barbarian said...

Looks like a perfect cover to me!!!

Evan "Doc" Shaner said...

Really great design, Dan.

Dan McDaid said...

Mr Hawthorne, Mr Barbarian, Doctor Shaner - cheers!

JC - thanks for your considered response. Didn't it turn out Apocalypse was behind Weapon X somehow? Something crazy like that? Anyway, yes - an incredibly, iconic series.

STUDIODYNAMO said...

Interesting how that little story in Marvel Comics Presents captured every artist / wolverine fan of that time. It's the definitive Wolverine origin story from an anthology comic that hardly anyone was reading at the time. I can't think of Wolverine getting his adamantium without picturing those two creep scientists.