Friday, August 31, 2012

Dave Cockrum Week concludes!

Here's a sketch of Wolverine in the costume Dave intended for him, along with "Mean" from Kitty's Fairytale (Uncanny X-Men #153)

And this concludes our Dave Cockrum Week, with a heartfelt thanks to Dave for the wonderful characters he brought to life!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dave Cockrum Week Part 2!

One of my earliest memories of The X-Men is seeing this house ad and wondering who all these people were!

Along with the original by Dave Cockrum, here's a look at the final published ad:

Monday, August 27, 2012

First Genesis!

When Marvel decided to launch a revamped X-Men in the 1970's, there were many characters and ideas that didn't make the final cut.
Originally, Dave Cockrum brought in a set of characters he had intended to use in a Legion of Superheroes spinoff, called The Outsiders.  Nightcrawler was a character he created years earlier, whose personality was very different from what was portrayed in the X-Men.

Typhoon could control the weather:

And Black Cat was a character created specifically for the X-Men, to be a shapeshifter.
Eventually, Black Cat's hair was changed and she was given Typhoon's powers, and Storm was born!
Vampyre was a character idea that was dropped because he was too similar to Nightcrawler.

Thunderbird and Marvel Girl went through some costume changes before their final looks were decided.

Another group created by Dave Cockrum for use in the Legion, the Strangers included a character called Wolverine, and early versions of Raza and Liandra from the Starjammers.
The character he called Wolverine was later introduced into the Imperial Guard and called Fang.
On a side note, in his last issue, Dave Cockrum gave Wolverine Fang's costume, with the intent that it would be his new uniform.  He is shown here with fellow Guard member Oracle.

This has been an astounding exercise in What-Iffery!  Just imagine if any or all of these characters had been
assembled into an alternate team of X-Men!  Also, check back all week as Dave Cockrum Week shall continue!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Mike Mayhew

Here's a fantastic recreation of X-Men #50, one of many great pieces you can see on Mike's deviantart page:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

X-Men Universe

X-Men Universe was a short lived reprint series, but the title featured some very nice original covers, such as this Psylocke image by Greg Horn.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mike Collins

This cover for Uncanny X-Men #264 by interior artist Mike Collins never saw print, the published issue had a cover by Jim Lee.

Friday, August 17, 2012

...and Nightcrawler too

A costume design for Nightcrawler by Alan Davis for his return to Uncanny X-Men in issue #444.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I've got Kitty Pryde...

This design for Kitty Pryde was only used in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.
I was amazed to see Thunderbird was also in this cartoon.
Full episode posted below!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

X-Treme Unpublished

 X-Treme X-Men had planned to have a series of 6 covers that joined to form one large image.  While Bishop, Sage, Storm, and Cannonball appeared on the covers for issues 20, 21, 22, and 24, the covers for Gambit and Rogue were never published.

Oddly enough, the Gambit cover did appear on the Amazon listing for the 

X-Treme X-Men Volume 6: Intifada trade paperback, although it was not used for the cover.

To date, the Rogue art has not been used anywhere, but finally Salvador Larroca's original art can be seen here!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

X-Men II

This cover art for the X-Men 2: Fall Of The Mutants game was produced by Chris Wozniak.
Geek Who Landed has more information, including screenshots here:

Monday, August 6, 2012

No Smoking Allowed

Wolverine fell victim to Marvel's No Smoking policy in Uncanny X-Men 448, when he was forced to put away his cigar in this panel by Olivier Coipel.  Here is the original panel, followed by the edited version that saw print.

Friday, August 3, 2012

JR Sr Sketch

I have no idea what this piece by John Romita Sr. was used for, but it's nice to see his rendition of  Marvel characters after the Silver Age.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Super John Romita Sr.

Inspired by Monday's post, which included a touch-up by John Romita Sr., I sought out some more of his X-Men work.  While he did at least one Silver Age cover, I was surprised to find he also produced some X-Men art in the 1990's, including this cover art for the Super Nintendo game "Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge".

This art appears courtesy of Mephisto at Collector's Society:

And here's the final published box art:
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