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Retro inspired 2013 Marvel Comics Calendar, Jan. by dusty-abell Retro inspired 2013 Marvel Comics Calendar, Jan. by dusty-abell
Man, have I waited a LONG time to finally put this incredibly nostalgic memory from childhood together! This is my take on updating the CLASSIC Marvel Comics Calendars from the the mid 1970's that I grew up loving as a kid, particularly the 75', 76' (Bicentenial Year inspired artwork in that one was crazy fun) and 77' releases. Unfortunately the format was abandoned in the early 80's which has given way to 25 years worth of pretty uninspired calendar releases if you ask me. Well, this is what i'd want to see up on my wall and I hope you might enjoy it a bit as well. Do a search online too see what the "original" calendars looked like to see what I was going for. The corny lines were DEFINITELY part of the original as were the creators Birthdays, which was when the veil behind the scenes of comic books was first parted for me, offering a glimpse of the creators who produced the comics I loved so much.
I'm using some of my favorite illustrations by many of my favorite artists in the comic book business, often little seen commissions and rarer published material that may have been relegated to a back cover or used in the commercial advertising end of the industry. This piece includes work by John Byrne, Jack Kirby, Andrew Robinson, Don Heck, Art Adams, Walt Simonson, John Romita Sr., Herb Trimpe, Mike Mignola, Michael Golden, Paul Smith, Walden Wong & Ian Sokoliwski. Download it and tack it up on your wall, it's the next best thing we'll unfortunately probably never see officialy. I hope I have it in me to continue for the rest of the year, I'm already thinking about Febuary! Have a great holiday everyone and Happy New Year!

Feb. 2013 can be found here- [link]
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ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE IT!
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vampeer1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome!!!
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mxmx Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
its a bit unclear if you drew this, or wheter you put this together using existing art. If you drew this, its absurdly good...
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Starchilde7 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is great! Reminds me of the Avengers and the X-Men from the late 70s and early 80s when Perez and Byrne would draw them - which is the original reason I got into art. Beautiful work, sir! Keep it up!
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VictorRay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If I had my way you'd still be drawing comics - especially Superman-related stuff, which is where you hooked me for life! I still wish I knew why you stopped! But the passion you put into these personal projects is practically insPiring! (See, even I'm getting into that old Marvel spirit!) Keep 'em coming and thanks!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
I stopped cause I wasn't built for comics, especially at the time, I was fortunate to fall into animation, which is where i've been the last 12 years. Glad ya liked it, i'll definitely try to keep this train rollin'........
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VictorRay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, you continue to inspire and entertain me with the 10 years worth of work you produced, hopefully you'll dip your toe in that pool occasionally, and the stuff you bless us with here on DA. It's always pleasantly surprising. You just keep getting better and better.
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VictorRay Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
In fact, I'd like to add in conclusion that for me, among my favourite artists, there are things that you could do that nobody else could, you did some things in ways that nobody else I'd ever seen do them. In the beginning, you sort of wore your influences, but even then your art was uniquely yours, even as you evolved and your style changed, you still retained some of those unique traits that are exclusively yours; I'm talking things like the way you'd draw a character in flight, the way you'd depict their path, the way you could convey distance and vastness. The way you'd depict things in perspective. The way you can draw a room like I'm IN it, and not just viewing a stage. I could actually go on and on and on. As an aspiring artist, it's those things that keep me coming back and going back and drawing inspiration and knowledge to this very day. For that, I thank you!
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RobQuantum Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is gorgeous! Brilliant idea. I'm feeling very nostalgic now...
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:icondusty-abell:
dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
As was I while I was compiling and putting them all together!!!!
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:iconrheged:
Rheged Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
An amazing amount of work! Thank you! Brings back the memories.
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:icondusty-abell:
dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Luckily its fun time spent doing them, and you are welcome!
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome Dusty!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks Rico, they have been hella fun to do so far.........
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tomjf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Nice- loved those old calendars- DC's too! The ones they put out now are so dull I never buy 'em :(
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
I never got the DC ones, although since starting these, i have seen them. The one with the Neal Adams good/bad guy cover with the Statue of Liberty looked really nice!
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tomjf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Neal and Dick were probably the best working team back then- just awesome stuff. I'm lucky enough to actually have the 1976 one, swiped images of the other off the net.

Damn they should release a calendar like that for real! Keep up the good work :)
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rodneyrodis Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
please do the whole year. these are awesome.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
I will try, and thanks.............
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:icontetzauh:
Tetzauh Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Wow. Just-Wow
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:icondusty-abell:
dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks. Just-Thanks
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JNcomix Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Awesome! Just need the remaining 11 months!!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
correction, 9 months now.........
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JNcomix Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I stand (ecstatically) corrected!
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genekelly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh MAN! I had one of these growing up! I don't remember which year it was, but it featured the version of Dr. Strange with the bald blue face (or full face mask). With all the creators' birthdays and everything, these were so much fun. What a trip. Really nice job on this.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
I had that one too, and yes, they were a lot of fun!
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GlyphsFR Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Artist
Awesome!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks......
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kgreene Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
This is great! Still have my '75 and '76 ones.... somewhere... boy you took me back in time!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Me too.................
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic. I would love it if Marvel or DC (or both) would put out calendars like this.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Man, so would I..............
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I flippin' LOVE this!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
I LOVE that you LOVE this................
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ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Are you actually selling these? I would LOVE a retro classic Marvel calender like this. I would keep it long after the year was up. Please say its for sale.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Filmographer
LOL..... nope,just for fun, but if we could just convince the suits at Disney!..... in the meantime, just hit that download button and print yourself off a nice 11 by 17 tabloid sized copy to tack up onto your wall.
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ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I am saving them to my computer, if thats OK.
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TheDeviantMakepeace Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
You're awesomeness never ceases to amaze me.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
My almost unexplainable preoccupation with my 70's childhood is more like it!!!!
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ArtNomad Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I miss the good ol days! 70's comics era was a blast.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Indeed they were.........
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WaldenWong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Oh wow, Dusty. I was reading your post and I see all these great artists you mentioned, then I see Walden Wong. My eyes nearly popped out... "What!?" Such an honor. I'm saving this one and you must make one every month. This is great. Thanks again and Happy Holidays, my friend.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Happy New Year to you Walden, glad you're enjoying it.........you're killin' it on Nicks stuff and I loved your work with Art as well!!!! You definitely got the tuff gigs with the UBER detail guys! LOL
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WaldenWong Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks for the kind words, Dusty! Aside from the hand getting tired every now and then, it's fun to ink the detailed guys. Keep up these awesome calenders. Love them! I've been wondering how you kept track of everyone's birthdays. That's a lot! Happy New year!!!
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hyperjack08 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
sorry your thread got wished into the cornfield over at Byrne robotics. it's a shame , 'cause it's really lovely work, Dusty.

at least you know it's appreciated everywhere else. :)
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
Yeah, go figure, I sometimes think that John's site is supposed to be for fans of comics, but it's hard to tell sometimes, so I gave it a shot, I would have thought everybody over there would have enjoyed these........... glad you got a kick out of them!
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hyperjack08 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
it's more a site for John Byrne to promote his work and opinions....not a place for fans to celebrate anything really. this is coming from someone for was a huge fan and been lurking that forum for 6 years now.

Dusty, i think a lot of people on that site loved what you did. they just didn't get a chance to express it to you.

keep goin' strong!
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Really great piece, Dusty! The nostalgia is just pouring out of it...
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
That is exactly what I was aiming for..........
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CaseyJonesDA Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional
Awesome!
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