It's time to look at some new Thing sketch cards that have made their way to my collection. HOW EXCITING!
Thor: The Dark World card - This lovely signature-less card will most likely forever go without the name of the artist attached, but perhaps someone in the know will one day stumble upon this image and illuminate the rest of us on just whose art adorns this sketch card. There's a lot to like about this card, starting with the fact that the mystery artist took a card from the Thor movie trading card line and, instead of choosing a character like Odin, Sif, Jane Foster or...Thor...decided to draw the Thing. This color pencil masterpiece also includes the Thing in a checkered shirt, which is just classy.
Here's the back of the card! The reproduced signature is of Richard McWilliams, not the artist but from the Upper Deck trading card company.
Duane Redhead - During Duane Redhead's recent stateside trip, he drew a lot of sketches, mostly of the Tick and Arthur (for obvious reasons). Near the end of his trip, while Duane and I signed some books at Pittsburgh Comics, I twisted Duane's arm enough that he also drew the Thing a few times...including on this Teddy and the Yeti sketch card. This closeup is, if you can't tell (come on, guys), of the cosmic ray-infused "pineapple" Thing, who totally beat up the Hulk. Sharp viewers will note that the T&Y trading card is upside down (or is it the Thing?). Larry walked away from the signing with cards of both the Tick and Arthur, which I'm hoping he'll scan and share soon.
Mark Dos Santos - This Marvel "Heroes and Villains" sketch card comes courtesy of Mark Dos Santos, who for whatever reason decided to forego the villain and just draw two heroes. At first glance, it looks like the Thing is sharing a moment of camaraderie with Wolverine, but the character is actually D-Man, who couldn't decide on his own costume and instead wore an original Daredevil outfit with a Wolverine mask. D-Man's alter ego first appeared in the original Thing series, so there's something of a connection between the two. D-Man was originally called "Demolition Man", and I can't help but wonder if the name was shortened because of the Snipes/Stallone movie.
Heeeyyy...here's the back of the card.
Bub Shehi - This homemade card features lots of action lines! And it's by "Bub" Shehi. I bought it for a dollar on eBay, and it came with free shipping. When I got this in the mail, I noticed that it cost the seller over two dollars to ship it, which means he lost money in the transaction. Sorry fella. It's a cool card nonetheless.
Tone Rodriguez - I've been hoping to get some art from Tone Rodriguez for a while now. Rodriguez has drawn the Thing a number of times before (most notably for the Hero Initiative) and he always manages to impress. It seems that he really enjoys drawing the Thing and he adds a lot of dynamic energy when he does. When this card showed up on eBay, I snatched it up right away. I'm loving the colors that, as you can see below, bled all the way through the card to somehow frame the Kirby Thing printed on back. It's my second sketch card from the Fantastic Four Archives set.
Well, that's it for now. More to come...later.