Another Liefeld Joke?

I just can’t get over the notorious Captain America pinup. Forgive me Brother Liefeld, but I must do it again.

Sylvester Stallone from Expendables 2

I have to do a bonus. When I was a boy, I used to beat up my sister’s Ken dolls with my G.I. Joe. I don’t know if that made me a tough guy but if you think about it, I was still playing with dolls. I’m all kinds of messed up. Thanks Hasbro.

G.I. Joe and Ken dolls

Well hung patriot vs. cute li’l boy toy.

An Anatomy Lesson by Rob Liefeld

Rob Liefeld, comic book artist satire

Oops! We did it again. We’re picking on Rob Liefeld for the umpteenth time.

Recently, a friend brought us a long box of 1990s comics that he’d acquired from a now defunct store. You remember the comic book market in the 1990s, right? Valiant, Image, and a host of other ill-conceived start ups went all Dresden on us with variant covers, chromium covers, limited edition covers, horribly drawn covers … you get the point. Back in the day, we almost never made it past the covers, so we assume that there may have been more of the same inside. Whereas the 1980s was a period of excellent experimentation. more mature story-telling, and innovative art, the 1990s was devoid of substance and replaced by mountainous “T” & G-stringed “A”, massive weapons, over the top action sequences, special effect compensations, and company interbreeding.

Rob is one of the primary horsemen of the comic book apocalypse.  His drawings were born out of a genuine albeit misguided talent and a clearly untrained art style.What’s bizarre is that he spawned a whole generation of copycats. Anyway, whatever, here are some ridiculous examples of Rob’s hackery.

Glory and Avengelyne by Rob Liefeld

Captain America and Cable by Rob Liefeld

Oh, where, oh where to begin. Well, let’s keep it simple. Tiny heads. Overwrought musculature. Obscenely big gun. Massive boots on Cable to compensate for poor feet drawing skills (see Cap’s pointy stubby foot). Effeminate faces. Oh, good enough. Rob, your comics (and those of your pals in the similar vein) are the major reason we stopped buying comics in the 1990s. Seriously. It really is.

Riptide by Rob Liefeld

The funny thing is, the original still had ridiculously long legs. We just had a little fun making them longer. And, since we’ve already addressed the foot issue, here’s another example of the difficulty Rob seems to have with feet. What is it? An anti-fetish?

Barbi Twins with Long Legs

It’s not surprising, we suppose, that Rob used his ex-wives as models for the comic book women he draws. He married Shane Barbi in 1991 and divorced her in 1993. He married Sia Barbi in 1994 and divorced her the same year. Apparently, while he loves long legs, he doesn’t love to whom they are attached.

Captain America is resting

We made this picture for some a future post but we can’t remember what it was now. Dammit-all!

Well, we might as well throw it out.  It does remind us of Saturdays and Sundays at the ol’ Comics A-Go-Go! household.

Yes, already. I'll save the country from no-gooders, but I need a few z's. Try the X-Men or Spider-man if you wait.

Yes, already. I’ll save the country from no-gooders, but I need a few z’s. Try the X-Men or Spider-man if you can’t wait.


Avengers Character Information and Trailers

Avengers Comics

Date of Arrival: May 4, 2012

Formats: IMAX and Real 3-D

The Avengers Team Actors/Characters:

Marvel ComicsColonel Nick Fury: Samuel L. Jackson

  • Col. Fury’s first appearance was in Strange Tales #135 (1965), although his first appearance was as the WWII hero in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (1963)
  • Other stuff Sam has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: Fresh (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Jackie Brown (1997),  Unbreakable (2000).

Marvel ComicsIron Man (Tony Stark): Robert Downey, Jr.

  • Iron Man’s first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963), although he had a very different suit back then.
  • Other stuff Robert has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already:  Weird Science (1985), Soap Dish (1991), Short Cuts (1993), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Tropic Thunder (2008).

Marvel ComicsCaptain America (Steve Rogers): Chris Evans

  • Captain America’s first appearance was in Captain America’s Comics #1 (1941), although his modern version was reintroduced formally in Avengers #4 (1964)
  • Other stuff Chris has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: Cellular (2004), Sunshine (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).

Marvel ComicsHulk (Dr. Bruce Banner): Mark Ruffalo

  • The Hulk’s first appearance was in The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962), although he looked like a grey golem originally.
  • Other stuff Mark has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: You Can Count on Me (2000), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003), Zodiac (2007), Shutter Island (2010).

Marvel ComicsThor: Chris Hemsworth

  • Thor’s first appearance was in Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962); starting with #126, the title was simply re-named Thor
  • Other stuff Chris has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: he was in the first few minutes of Star Trek (2009) as Kirk’s dad, but other than that he hasn’t been in much (so let’s take a look at his friend The Destroyer).

Marvel ComicsBlack Widow (Natasha Romanoff): Scarlett Johansson

  • Black Widow’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #52 (1964), although she did not don a costume until #64 (which as a fishnet and mask ensemble), and then her more recognizable bodysuit in Amazing Spiderman #86; she was an enemy of the Marvel superheroes until her defection from the USSR.
  • Other stuff Scarlett has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Ghost World (2001), Lost in Translation (2003), Match Point (2005), The Prestige (2006).

Hawkeye ( Clint Barton): Jeremy Renner

  • Hawkeye’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #57 (1964), although he was a confused villain that was originally seduced by Black Widow before he joined the Avengers.
  • Other stuff Jeremy has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), 28 Weeks Later (2007), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Town (2010)

And here are the official Avengers trailers in HD: