In the middle of an amusing/horrifying blog post from Jim Shooter full of settling scores and gossip, there’s this wonderful New Universe image by Bill Sienkiewicz:
It’s an image that makes me think two things:
1. Sienkiewicz can paint the hell out’ve anything, can’t he?
2. The New Universe was filled with such good intentions that just fell at the last hurdle of execution. I have a lot of fond memories of the NU, arguably more than it actually deserves, because it launched around the same time that I found my first comic store and so I was definitely an early investor, so to speak. But looking at that poster, I find myself wondering how the designs for Spitfire (The proto-Iron Man on the left) or Justice (The guy in the trenchcoat and tracksuit, also on the left) ever got approved. I still love Star Brand, though – If ever there was a character I’d happily see revived at Marvel these days, it’s him…