Friday, September 28, 2018

Martian Manhunter commission by Ron Frenz

When I was younger, I wasn't that into Ron Frenz, and by the time of Image Comics, I openly disdained his "old timey" style. A mix of both Buscema brothers with a healthy dose of Kirby, a smidgen of Jazzy Johnny Romita, and a pinch of Jack Davis for flavor, I was clearly a tasteless idiot beguiled by excess crosshatching. Today I really appreciate his figure work and clear storytelling, but I'm especially amazed by how well defined his characters are. Frenz has a ton of full figure (often full color) character commissions online that I intend to repurpose next month, but he didn't make it too easy, because you can't pretend someone he's drawn is anyone else. If you're at all familiar with a character, they're so recognizable and perfectly on-model that you cannot confuse them with any other. Luckily, there was some stuff from pitches featuring obscurities and rejects that will come in handy. This is a fabulous Alien Atlas rendering, and as with Ramon Bernado on Justice League Task Force, that Buscema vibe fits J'Onn to a T.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great piece of art that makes MM look like her is ready for the Marvel Handbook of the 80s. I thought I commented on some of your commissions several years ago (I know I was on here in 2012 for your "killer" Mr. Moth one lol). Glad to see the blog still up & running. I forgot about this blog for awhile (& several others that had a dry spell) but I'm sure more fans will discover all of the hard work that you put into this site as I have over the years. Keep up the good work!