Note: Amidst all the classic heroes and villains created in the 1960s at Marvel, there are some that are half-baked design-wise, preventing them from reaching their full potential. And Joel Priddy is rescueing one of those by revitalizing the Marvel villain the Beetle, turning him from a simple man in an armored suit to an actual Beetle. Created for The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe – Reduxe Edition, this design really turns up the creepiness and the threat level without making it look comedic. – Chris A.
Note:Dean and I hand over the keys to P:R Roundtable to our talented cast of contributors, as comics writer Vito Delsante, Dark Horse editor Rachel Edidin, comics scholar Jessica Plummer, and cartoonists Jon Morris and Joel Priddy take on DC’s alpha female Catwoman. From the first costume Selina put on to her most recent garb in The Dark Knight Rises, our staff don’t pull any punches and don’t put away the claws. In this P:R Roundtable rundown, we focused on the major costume shifts over the character’s history, and glossed over any minor variations like the recent “New 52″ design. And remember, submit your own art for our Fan-Art Friday: Catwoman — deadline is this Friday! – Chris A.
Catwoman’s first costume, by Bob Kane
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Note: From the Golden Age of comics comes Joel Priddy‘s revival of the public domain heroine Woman In Red. Originally created in 1940′s Thrilling Comics #2, Woman In Red holds the distinction of being the first female costumed hero ever but fell by the wayside just a few years after her debut. For this redesign, Joel opted to ditch the original’s evening wear attire in favor of “a more practical approach.” Bonus points to Joel for turning the original’s gun into a super-power coming out of the Woman in Red’s extended finger! And riding cap + mask? Excellent!- Chris A.
Note: As a P:R Regular and P:R contributor, Joel Priddy has been a welcome face here on the site. Currently teaching illustration & cartooning at the Memphis College of Art, Priddy has been schooling us for years on his dramatic re-inventions of classic super-heroes.
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Note: Jon Morris and the gang over at DC Fifty-Too have really been belting out some hits, and our own Joel Priddy recently stepped in with his rendition of DC’s heroine Liberty Belle. Eagle-eyed P:R readers will remember Joel did a redesign of Liberty Belle back in the early days of our site. Now all that’s left for Joel to do is draw a Liberty Belle comic (hint, hint!) – Chris A.