Friday, March 1, 2024

The Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe issue 9 re-covered sketch card

Hopefully you're familiar with the 80s Official Marvel Universe Handbook series? Anyways, here's issue 9 for you to reference  . . .

What I did here was replace the characters on the front page cover with characters on the page page cover with the one exception being ROM whom I just repositioned on the front cover. Interestingly enough as I was working on this labor intensive sketch card I realized that Sabertooth was completely absent from the cover art for issue 9 despite having his profile in the issue. I've had this issue since the early 80s and I'm just noticing that for the first time. His profile shares the same page (15) along with Israel's Sabra. I'm thinking that might have been some sort of over site at the time. Anyways, I decided to add him to the mix. 

March 30th Update: Well I thought I was gonna have to finish up this month with out anything else to update this posting with when by chance I came across this gorgeous gouache painting of The Mad Thinker with his awesome android by Dan Orgil which also happens to contain a ROM Easter egg. A reference to ROM the events in 14 and later recapped in Captain America 311. In a description attached to this illustration Orgil goes on to say that he likes to give a little love once in a while to non A list characters. Thank you Dan we appreciate that and you taking us on a little trip down Marvel 80s memory lane. 
June 29th Update: These models were created by 3D Modeler Kris Tobal. They were printed in resin and painted by Junior Lima. All I can say is outstanding work guys on every aspect of their creation including this well staged photo. 
July 14th Update: I just watched the first official Captain America Brave New World movie trailer and I was somewhat surprised to see Shira Hass in it. Pleasantly so mind you. Between all the drama and production issues the movie has had in the past couple years I got to the point where this film was almost off my radar all together and that was even before October 7th last year. I can only hope that this movie trailer is accurate and that Shira Hass will indeed be in the theatrical release and as a Mossad agent as opposed to something other then an Israeli in order to avoid controversy with woke antisemites. Time will tell.