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The Salem 7, from Fantastic 4 #186! by dusty-abell The Salem 7, from Fantastic 4 #186! by dusty-abell
I FINALLY got to draw The Salem 7! An amazing group created by the incredible George Perez for an ultra quick 3 page appearance in FF #186 (cover dated Sept. 1977) The cover immediately grabbed my attention as a kid, so mission accomplished on that front! How lucky must a writer be to have George working with him or her when they know he can create an ENTIRE team, group or world of memorable characters, even if they were only ever intended to be throw aways, making just the briefest of appearances inside a book, like the Salem 7 did.
These were drawn for the super fun little blog project called The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe-Reduxe Edition ohotmuredux.blogspot.com/
Do you have a favorite group of characters that haven't necessarily been in the spotlight a whole bunch?
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DreamKeeperArts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
love the way you draw Salem's 7. You make the old designs fit in modern image... I'd love to see what you'd do with a comic of these guys.
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AntonPhibes Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Wow!
I Just started reading " the essential FF" collection with these guys!
Very cool!
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Oh that takes me back.... Salem's 7 showed up just a couple of months back, now working as the defenders of New Salem, which has become something of a haven for the mystical and weird offshoots of the Marvel Universe, in the first issue of the New Warriors! :)
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coloneljimbo3rd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
the original zodiac-the story line at that time had a bunch of different pencillers but was held  togethet by dave cockrums inks-btw , thanks for posting this-i really loved perez's run on the series-sinnott was an excellent choice of inker for him- haven't been out on dA in a while-this work you're  posting brings back alot of great memories from when i was a teen-thanks!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Glad ya liked them, I think you'll love the silver age villain piece I'm working on.....100+ characters!
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coloneljimbo3rd Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
looking forward to it!
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Great job, they've never looked better.  Always wanted to see Reptillia (I think) team up with Slither, Constrictor and the two vipers with Sons of the Serpent henchmen, fight The Serpent Society. 

I think the Mutant Force/Resistants were a great group and Fangs! :)
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Thanks, glad you're digging them!
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ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Thank you!
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Loved these characters!
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uraeusmax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I'd definitely read whatever they were in. I'm super intrigued by their appearances.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Yeah, they're were really great designs!
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greenestreet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE!!!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Thanks man.........I flipin love your power an and iron fist redesign btw..........I know its in my favs, but I'm looking at it in the thumbnails over on the left here!!!
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RONJOSEPH-ARTIST Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013

LOVE Salem's Seven and I love this! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

 

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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
You r very welcome!
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onecoyote Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
They never looked better! 
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Filmographer
Thanks, much appreciated.......
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Good looking bunch!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks......all credit goes to the Legend, George Perez!!!
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MartySalsman Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job! From a great comic!:) (Smile) :) (Smile)
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks..........and I heartily agree!
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GeorgeD Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very very cool!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks man, much appreciated!
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TMButler Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember reading this issue and how amazed I was at these bizarre villains, you've amazed me again :)
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Sweet, glad it brought back a good memory for you!
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kgreene Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Still have this issue. Love old George Perez.... He was second only to the King when it came to having tons of debris strewn about. His FF and Avengers were great stuff.... and I love what you did with this. 
And I loved, for some reason, the Challengers. Love to see your take on them.

Yikes, I never finished a Titanium Man I was doing for ohotmuredux. ULP.


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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks Kevin, hope you get to Titanium Man to go along with your Nomad.......I still need to finish up Sphinx for Jon as well! I recently got the old Kirby Challenger collection, it's fantastic, some of my favorite Kirby art ever in those stories!
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kgreene Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Oh that's funny! I didn't even mean the Challengers of the Unknown, which would be very cool too. I really need to get that Kirby Challenger book, that sounds fantastic. I actually meant the Marvel Comics relatively short-lived oddball team the Champions. How I wrote Challengers is beyond me... lol.... and yeah, I gotta finish that art. I really enjoyed doing stuff for the Handbook. This would be my fourth piece... if I ever do it.

Again, love your stuff. Watched a documentary on YouTube about Forbidden Planet and thought about how cool a poster you would do for that movie. You doing old sci-fi movie posters would be amazing.
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DeadDog2007 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
outstanding work and yes they shoulda been a returning cast in marvel history.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks so much, yeah, odd they didn't become recurring characters, seeing as how many people really seemed to respond to them and be aware of this issue in particular!!!
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VictorRay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, as always! You made my Monday! Even though you didn't put him in your influence map, looking at your own work, particularly during your comic days, the level of detail you put in your panels, especially on things like hands, and shadows, seems very Perez-inspired. Perez is definitely the man! Someone mentioned LOSH! I'm buying multiple issues of some of your early work just so I can have a copy safely-kept away and a copy to play with. I love, love, love that issue of LOSH you did! It rocks, and it illustrates how, even though you eventually changed, you stayed the same fundamentally. Which is a great thing! You were always great! Now, if I could ambush you (I plan to do this whenever possible, so I can eventually get a clearer picture of the direction your career went :), so I hope you don't mind answering a few questions:

1. You mentioned that after ten years drawing comics, you discovered it wasn't for you. Could you elaborate? Was it that you weren't working on the projects you wanted, or were you unable to get the ones you did off the ground? Or was it the hours? The solitary nature of the craft? The unjust practices of the industry? LOL

2. You're clearly a Marvel guy, but you did mainly DC work (A lot of Superman  -  yay for me!). Was it that Mike Carlin and them were the ones offering you work or what? Or was Marvel looking for another Jim Lee clone and didn't feel you qualified?

3. When you changed your style from (what I call) Early Dusty to Middle Dusty, was it a conscious thing? Cos you were born hot! I remember how they hyped you up in the months leading up to that Superman Annual you did (good inkers were hard to find for you, but Terry Austin, Steve Mitchell and Jackson Guice were pretty great), and it was totally justified! Even though Middle Dusty was an acquired taste for some, I loved it and it's where I really discovered you! Fundamentally you stayed consistent, but your earlier stuff feels like a discovery! I only knew about and acquired your issue of Justice League Quarterly this year, believe it or not! I thought I had everything! Wow! (You did a lot of work that came out in 1992). So why did you decide to 'change'?

Well, that's it for now. Would really appreciate a few answers, (until the next ambush).

All The Best

Bex.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
I wasn't built to be a full time comic book artist, although the creative freedom you have is very satisfying, everything you mentioned comes into play, and I honestly wanted to work with people again, the solitary nature of the work was just not something that worked great for me. I think I really work well in a group dynamic!

Mike was the fella that hired me, and it was my duty to be the thorne in his side for the majority of my time in comics, he had the patience to deal with a young guy that  didn't always do things the way they needed to get done! And it was crazy that I grew up primarily a Marvel guy, at least until the early 80's, when I stared reading a bunch more DC, starting with Teen Titans, which I think won a bunch of Marvel guys over to the Distinguished Competition, then Crisis, Night Force, Swamp Thing, WatchMen, TDKR, Perez' Wonder Woman, Byrnes Superman..........

I started out doing Art Adams, then I got hugely influenced by Mignola, and unfortunately around the same time, photo ref, which I used totally wrong, it really stifled my art and any dynamism it could have had, I can't stand the stuff I did before I got out of comics, I think the stuff after is much more pleasing for me. My influences also expanded after comics, the influence map really showing who and how much. When I look at my stuff I see it in exactly the quotients allocated in the influences chart- heavy on Golden, Kirby and Art with a significant helping of Sprouse, Haynes, Mignola, etc.......... 
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VictorRay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Dusty! Really, really appreciate that you took the time to give me these answers! I look forward to seeing what you do next, whatever it may be! And if more questions come, may you be as gracious as you were this day!

As far as your photo-ref days, Superman/Wonder Woman: WGD seemed like a transitional phase, where it seemed like you were still finding your feet! But I look at your Tangent Powergirl issue now, and it seemed like you'd really come into your own with the referencing! That issue aged really well! By the time you did Lazarus 5 (your last work :( , Mutant X fill-in (the only time you shared story duties) notwithstanding), those early issues, I'd say you had it down! (I own a few of those pages - ultra-clean, deep indentations in the paper, fascinating!)

Thanks again!

All the best!

Bex
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Michael-Chang Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So good! I loved these guys!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks Mike........me too!
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el-douglas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
excellent rendition!!!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks so much!
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el-douglas Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup::thumbsup: np bro
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Grafight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Amazing work! I love the clean and simple design. Fantastic Fave!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Glad it was something you enjoyed!
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G-for-Galdelico Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, such a fantastic line-up. So clean and simple, yet incredibly expressive.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks man, they were fun to draw for sure!
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paintmarvels Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the classics! and this is an amazig job my friend!!!
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013   Filmographer
You and me both.....thanks for the compliment! 
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had that issue of FF.. i remember doing a knockoff of these characters... specifically the yellow guy who shot the spikes, but I think I tried to mimic some of the others as well. 

As for characters who don't get a lot of notoriety: The Wanderers and the Heroes of Lallor from the Legion of Super Heroes.
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   Filmographer
I find this particular issue resonates with ALOT of people our age.................I'll have to check and see who the Wanderers and the Heroes of Lallor are, unfamiliar with them I think!
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither group got a whole lot of 'screen time' but they would pop up now and then in LoSH.  The Heroes of Lallor just have a cool name!
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Neat! They sort of look like Inhumans...
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