Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Thing About Doom

I recently got to contribute a few cards to Upper Deck's The Heralds of Galactus booster set. What a fun gig! The set features all of Marvel's cosmic beings like the Silver Surfer, Dr. Doom, the Watcher, and of course, Galactus himself! You can check out a sample gallery of the set here.
The colors are by good friend and master debater Dean White. I was expecting your average blue sky, an orange Thing and your garden variety green Doctor Doom. But Dean is never satisfied with "average" and that's why I love the guy! He brought a whole new sense of drama and doom to the scene with a blood red sky and by making the sparks from the Doombot that the Thing is ripping in half into the strongest light source. I was floored. Dean is a genius.


Fred Schiller said...

Outstanding illustration, as always, Aaron.

The thing I want to know (no pun intended, but I'll take it anyway) is if The Thing knows for certain that he's cracking a Doombot in half over his head. Is there a way to tell the replica from the real thing?

Sure, Victor Von Doom is a menace to the planet, but who made Ben Grimm the judge, jury and executioner?


Once again, outstanding artwork.

Aaron Sowd said...

That's where writers like you come in, Fred! You tell me what the story is! When I was drawig it, the description of the card was just to have The Thing ripping into Doombots, so I'm assuming he knows they are robots! After all, there are two of them in the scene, so at least one has to be, right?

I think it was Walt Simonson (or maybe John Byrne?) who came up with the Doombots to explain all the crappy Doctor Doom appearances since the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby days. It was brilliant, really, because it allowed the writer to explain away all the goofy, incompetant appearances of Doom. He had gone from being the top villain in the Marvel Universe to somewhat of a buffoon. So anytime Doom was a dolt or easily defeated, it was a Doombot!

Jimmy T said...

Really nice job Aaron. You do so much better since the Elvis books that I bought.

Best to ya'
Jimmy t

Aaron Sowd said...

Thanks Jimmy! I think I was all of 18 when I did those Elvis books, I had no idea what I was doing! Is it too late to get a refund?