Saturday, October 9, 2021

Revisiting some good ROM fan art by Preston Asevedo and Rich Wentworth

The following fan art is stuff that's been on social media for years now so you might have seen it before but tonight I felt like it was time for these works to take their place on this blog. Up top from Preston Asevedo we have a rather creative "What If" themed concept of what a cross over between The Spider-Man and ROM story lines might have looked like. Creative, interesting and well illustrated from basic drawing principles stand point. Just the kind of fan art I love to see. Plus, with the Venom sequel having recently come out it seemed fitting to feature this one from Asevedo here.

Now these 3 by Rich Wentworth are also cool for many of the same reasons. Although they each scene deosn't have as much going on in them as the Asevedo piece they still feature ROM in some sort of setting that kinda plays with your imagination and in general they have a certain style to em that I like.

October 13th Update: I'm making a late addition to this posting with this here fan art by Lou Russo. I can't imagine what sort of "what if mutliverse" kind of scenario that would have brought together these three franchises. But given that I love Star Trek, the first two ALIEN films (the rest sucked) and ofcourse ROM, I can't help but be intrigued. Seems appropriate to update this posting with this piece from Russo's today given that William Shatner a.k.a Captain Kirk was actually just in space today.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

What If

What if ROM had encountered The Micronauts? What if ROM and Earth's heroes had lost the Wraith War? What If Sal Buscema had never left the series? What If Marvel had retained or at least reacquired the rights to ROM spaceknight? I know I know, so many What Ifs over the years about what could have been, should have been or just shit that was very unlikely in any reality but sure would have been cool anyways. 

Well here's one I bet that never crossed your mind. What if there was a reality where instead of an invasion of the planet Earth as we know it in the mainstream Marvel Universe of the mid twentieth century the dire wraiths invaded the dystopian future world of Judge Dredd? The apocalyptic conditions of the "Cursed Earth" would have no doubt reminded them of their Hellish home world which they were driven from by Galador's spaceknights (see ROM spaceknight 1).

The original by Brittany Michel

Wanted to see what it would look like in color so I brought it into photoshop and so here we go. Most of you I hope will recognize the source material from ROM spaceknight annual 3 (Bill Mantlo and WM Johnson).

Oh yeah and that reminds me of this. I believe it was an unpublished piece of fan art done by Scott Reed in the spirit of the great Sal Buscema's signature Marvel 80s penciling style. It came out pretty good it was on ebay and if I recall correctly it sold for $180 last year.

September 25th Update: Several articles about the Steve Ditko estate attempting to regain the rights to Spider-Man and Dr Strange have turned up yesterday. However, this one in the Jerusalem Post as far as I can tell is the only one that makes any direct references to ROM in regards to past copyright legalities. I reached out to the writer on twitter and it turns out the writer of the article to no surprise is a ROM and Bill Mantlo fan... 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thank the Gods of Galador there's finally some good new ROM fan art to enjoy

Well, after more then a two month dry spell of any worthwhile ROM related fan art we finally have something in the form of this ROM spaceknight 18 cover art homage commission piece by Jeff Slemmons. This is exactly the sort of fan art I love to find. It's creative, well illustrated and nostalgic. A winning combination that's sorely lacking in most of what I usually come across. You might say this sort of fan art is my "happy place" that I like to retreat to in the face of the ongoing disservice both marvel and idw publishing have to the legacy of the classic 80s series.

 The legendary Sal Buscema made a recent appearance at a comic shop in Gainesville Virginia which unfortunately is about as far away as you can get from what part of The United States I'm in. I know exactly what I would say to him if I ever got the chance to meet him. Other then some obligatory words of praise I would have to let him know how heart broken I was back in the day when he left the ROM series. Silly as this sounds I kinda still am to this very day actually.

And for any Star Wars fans out there checking out this blog posting I have something here for you to. I completed this customized fan art thank you card a couple days ago. It's for a good friend for what turned out to be a very special event. When you want to properly express someone your gratitude . . .this is the way.

August 31st Update: As you may have noticed from the previous posting, on occasion I like to post really cool local public art related to the sci-fi/comic book genre. I just discovered this anime mecha mural in San Francisco today and I wanted to share it with the 3 or 4 or maybe 5 people who will read this posting.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

ROM's Cafe

Located on A street in Hayward California I swear when I first saw this place the logo looked like it was directly taken off from any issue of the ROM spaceknight series. Just a coincidence I'm sure but pretty cool to see just the same.

A new commission fan art piece by artist Jim Califiore. Well I'm posting it here so obviously I like it and I don;t even mind the minor artistic liberties Califiore took with ROM's armor. In fact, this is a nice basis of what IDW's reboot could have looked like. I'm quite positive this would have gone over much better with the fan base both new and old.

One of the things I love about fan art is that you don't have to worry about any sort of legal red tape when it comes to who you want to feature together. This latest here is by you're truly. I've had this cross over character concept idea for a while now I'm glad I finally got around to getting to it.

I spotted this a couple days ago along the side of some kind of portable office for a moving company in San Francisco. Just another good example of the cool public art you can find around here when it comes to all things comics and sci-fi.The first two films from the ALIEN franchise were absolutely classic iconic sci-fi horror and I love em both. However, I can't say the same for the rest unfortunately. 

I was recently reflecting on the "ROM Remix" project from several years ago as a concept it was kinda cool but ultimately poorly executed due to the poor quality artists that contributed to the project. The lone exception being Robert Duckett who did page 4. He did a fairly good job especially in the first few panels.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Pick the ROM issue Spidey!

I asked the dude who posted this on twitter where this came from but he never responded so unfortunately I can't tell you if this is some sort of fan art or if it came out any publication.

So today I bought a brand new Marvel comic for first time in almost years. Marvel's treatment of the ROM spaceknight legacy has prompted me toward a personal boycott of new comics to say nothing of the cover prices these days. But I finally made an exception for this one shot issue of Magneto & The Mutant Force which has Sabra among the cast of characters. I'd say it's been around 3 years since she last made an appearance in any Marvel title so I had to check this out.

In this alternate reality there are no Avengers and Sabra is part of a mutant rebellion led by a paraplegic Magneto against the government which Squadron Supreme are agents of.  It would have been nice had there been a bit more of her in the issue but over all I thought it was ok. Been out of the loop for quite a while when it comes to all things going on in the published Marvel Universe so I'm sure there's some context to the story I'm missing here.

And here we have the latest commission piece from our pal Sal. Unfortunately I don't have any details about about who it was for or how much whoever paid for it which I think we all are curious about. I think this is the best commission form Sal in quite a while.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Totally awesome fan art by Dakota Alexander

After coming across this fan art on social media I reached out to the artist and had a nice chat with him. According to Dakota, ROM is a visaully fascinating and challenging character to draw and very symbolic of the 80s. Which as we all know is the greatest decade in human history. He wanted to give this piece a sci-fi movie poster feel bolstered with some Akin & Garvey style line art. I'd say it all came together quite nicely which is why it gets a spot on blog site for ROM fans who aren't dicks. Dakota's Instagram account @drumsoftheserpent
Also very cool, but unfortunately just a fake. But it looks pretty damn real though, wish I had one.

Here's something else cool I just found on farcebook. Unfortunately I don't know the original source material for this old promotional Marvel superheroes photo but I as you can see it's at Rockefeller Square in New York City.

Friday, April 23, 2021

What a ROM and Daredevil 2021 team up might have looked like

 I usually don't do humor/satire based fan art but once in a great while I get inspired to come up with something. Not exactly the team up you were thinking about I bet.

And here we have some borrowed images from different fan art pieces that digitally re-purposed into a new scene.

I recently by good fortune came across this rare photo of the man that so many of us have so much to be grateful for. It really pisses me off about the shitty things that happen to good people (while still fairly young) rather we're talking about Bill Mantlo or Chadwick Boseman. And on the other hand pieces of shit like donald trump in their 70s get covid-19 and make a full recovery. That shit just ain't right, seriously.