Commissioned by Wizard Magazine to create a new fullpage pin-up of SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS based on the original cartoon from the early 80s. It was to be in the same style as the show, a true homage- with the animation line weights etc. I screen grabbed shots from the intro to the show and used them as color and character reference.
The intro for the show.
I drew Spidy centered on the page, and thumbnailed where the other characters would go. Then I drew all of the individual characters separately and put them together in the final composition in photoshop before flat coloring them in illustrator.
On the show the characters all lived with Aunt May, this was her dog "Ms. Lion", which tagged along on some of their adventures. I drew the tail separate as it would be sticking out of the back of his duffle bag. I created a Spider-Man duffle bag, it doesn't exist on the show, but how the hell else would I get the dog to be levitating in the shot? Wow this show must have sucked.
Iceman on a trail of ice. Yes he is an X-Men character, but they teamed him up with Spidy on this show anyway.
Firestar, a female character they created for the show, which was soon incorporated into the comic books and now is part of the Marvel Comics Universe. Notice when I drew her I couldn't fit her feet on the page so I just drew them to the right to be photoshopped in when putting the comp together. Tricks you learn after years of illustrating. Doc Ock!
"Parker, GET ME SPIDER-MAN!" J. Jonah Jameson was drawn with a lit cigar, back when you could show cartoon characters smoking, and when newsmen could smoke in their NYC offices.
Sadly, Wizard, the magazine about comic books died with this issue. Now the magazine exists online only.
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