Tired of Thing sketches? NEVER! Only on this blog do we take a break from the Thing sketchbook to then show off Thing sketch cards. Such is life.
Paul Ryan - Former Fantastic Four artist Paul Ryan is easily my favorite childhood artist. I started reading comics in the early 1990s and Ryan's art was, month in and out, consistently great. He didn't miss an issue during his entire FF run! So it was a thrill to get this sketch card from him. Ryan was gracious enough to sign some books for me and draw this sketch card after I commissioned him to draw a Teddy and the Yeti cover. The fact that this is on a T&Y sketch card make it even cooler. Very happy to have this card in my collection.
Rob Summers - This eBay purchase comes from Rob Summers, a prolific semi-professional artist who has a keen internet presence. When searching for information about Summers for this blog, I came up with a newspaper report about a Rob Summers who was shot and killed in an attempted robbery of a Los Angeles comic book shop (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/09/04/second-comic-shop-killing-in-lancaster-los-angeles/). I'm going to just assume that this sketch card was drawn by someone else who happens to have the same name.
Mark Kuhn - This was another random eBay purchase from early last year. Thanks, Mark Kuhn!
Alex Magno - The Fantastic Four Archives is a trading card set released a few years back. Since its debut, I've been slowly collecting the series in its entirety, and to complete the collection I knew that I had to get at least one of the one-per-box original art sketch cards. Of course, I picked one out featuring the Thing. This one comes from Alex Magno, who drew quite a few original art cards for this set.
Here's the back of the card, congratulating me on my purchase. Thanks, SketchaFEX people.
Alan Kupperberg - My most recent acquisition comes from none other than classic Marvel Two-in-One artist Alan Kupperberg, which is a real treat. I got this card as a reward for renewing my annual membership to the extremely worthwhile comic book charity Hero Initiative. What a treat.
Here's the back of the Hero Initiative card. Spiffy!
That's actually the entirety of my Thing sketch card collection. Just posting this makes me want to do an eBay search. The perils of blogging.