Note: Loki’s all grown up (again) in Marvel Comics, and he couldn’t have done it better — or more beautifully — than with this new design by Jamie McKelvie. McKelvie’s design, which premiered in the most recent issue of Young Avengers, bridges the gap between the original Jack Kirby Loki design and his recent adolescent design that’s been in Marvel Comics’ the past few years. Not only does McKelvie create a great visual, but I applaud him for thinking through the design’s layers and its functionality. – Chris A.
Here’s what McKelvie said about the design:
My thinking was as follows: It would be very, very silly not to channel some of the movie Loki into the new approach. He’s wildly popular. With that in mind, I took inspiration from his outfits in the movies, but took it in a more bohemian, swashbuckling, youthful direction. The other touchstone I kept in mind was Paul Bettany’s Chaucer from Knight’s Tale, which you can see in the coat especially. I wanted him to have a little of that swagger.
A full helmet doesn’t work with this design, so instead he has a headpiece that mimics the silhouette.
I chose scalemail, because, well, isn’t it a bit snakelike? And of course I had to bring back the black nail varnish.
Note: After the success of his fantasy take on the Avengers, Denis Medri makes an addition to that group by illustrating the villainous Loki as a warlord/warlock. I’m all for the child-like Loki from Journey Into Mystery, but this armored-up rendition is winning me over awfully quick as well. – Chris A.
Note: Superheroes may be the the modern cultural equivalent of mythological gods for us, but who says they have to be stuck in our time? Artist Alex Mitchell takes on Marvel’s Avengers and takes them back to pre-Edo period Japan in this “Senguko Avengers” series. Michell’s work shows a remarkable understanding for both Japanese culture of that era and Marvel’s heroes, creating an intensive and holistic re-imagining of these characters that is positively striking. – Chris A.
I was wanting to do a new redesigned/ translated set of comics characters for a while, and the new Avengers movie presented a great team to build from. It has the kind of big iconic characters that work best for these sort of re-imaginings. Instead of the theatrical ‘chambara’ setting I used for my Justice League, I decided that the historically based, yet still legendary figures of the Sengoku era of Japanese history would be the inspiration.
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Note: A Malaysian artist going by the moniker theDURRRRIAN has single-handedly rocked my socks and shoes with this Frazetta-esque fantasy take on Marvel’s Avengers. While it may not fit in with the 616 universe, I could easily imagine this being a great fantasy series like Avataars: Covenant of the Shield except, well… good. In terms of design, composition and technical skill each illustration leaps off the screen. – Chris A.
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Note: Although school has come and gone for a lot of us, this imaginative illustration by J. Bone really makes me want to enroll. – Chris A.
Here’s what J. Bone had to say about the image back in 2007:
It was originally done as a pitch for an Archie-like approach to the Marvel characters. I’d been drawing a teen version of Tigra for a while and used her as the main character in the pitch (which was written by Brian McLachlan of Princess Planet fame).