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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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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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