Friday, August 8, 2008
Devon's 5 Favorite John Romita Creations
Just beautiful. Others may have brought out the more menacing aspects but Romita nailed the design the first time out.
I swear, this costume is almost bordering on the insane.
Huge black man? CHECK!
Skintight yellow pirate shirt? CHECK!
Leather pants? CHECK!
Swashbuckler boots? CHECK!
I can just imagine Romita putting down the pencil after designing Luke and going, "Sidney Poitier would wear this."
Thirty-four years on and the costume may have been tweaked but still, it basically remains the same. All one need see is the skull symbol and everything instantly recognizes who it is and what he does. This is not The Good Humour Man, this is death come to your door. It is simply a flawless piece of design.
I love, love, LOVE The Falcon! I mean, just look at him. If someone granted me superpowers, I'd want to be Superman... and I'd wear The Falcon's costume, complete with my very own falcon named Krypto. Yes, I would.
And everyone would be like, "Devon, you're soooo wrong!"
And, I'd be like, "Ladies, with abs like this... haha... It's SOOOO right. WHOOOO! Some kittens are getting plucked from trees to-night!" And then I'd fly off and pick up my friend Halle Berry, hand her her jetpack and we'd dance and kiss and generally do what us Black folks do when you all aren't looking.
(Yeah, I've got it all planned out.)
One of the most consistently dynamic pencillers of our time. He's drawn everything from Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Punisher, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, The Eternals, Black Panther and for one glorious moment, Batman.
Like many of his pop's other creations, he only gets better as time goes on.