Sunday, May 10, 2009

1976 Mike Nasser/Terry Austin World's Finest Pin-Up



In a previous life, Michael Netzer was an extremely important factor, after a decade in limbo, in revitalizing the Manhunter from Mars as a viable character. Unfortunately, the once Mike Nasser only produced about an issue's worth of Martian Manhunter art, and wasn't even available to finish the story he began with the character in Adventure Comics. Instead, the tale was completed in World's Finest Comics by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. The best guess is that this piece of art by Nasser and his inker on J'onn J'onzz, Terry Austin, was intended as a send-off in that last part of the story. However, the piece, which features story co-stars Superman, Batman, and Hawkman, did not appear in World's Finest Comics #245 (June-July, 1977.) In fact, if it ever saw print anywhere, I've never seen it. Instead, I found this at Comic Art Fans, and decided to share. To see the piece in its full detail, including a Superman headshot, click here. It's swell, and I considered trying to use it as a "cover image" for my fan fiction "Manhunter From Mars" series of posts, but in color all those blue costumes turned into a solid wall of blah. Ah, well...

2 comments:

Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

Yeah great art, but good lord can we say driving the plot wagon through holes the size of the titanic! LOL

Frank Lee Delano said...

Well, the story got better and the art worse in the last chapter, but it remained a sow ear purse.