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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Smokers of the Marvel Universe

Well! Sorry to be so heavy on the cape-and-tights stuff lately, but the drawings I did last week got me excited about doing that Smokers-of-the-Marvel-Universe print I've been kicking around. Also, I don't know how to do the "doink" thing where everyone has a link to a longer post, so here's the thing in its entirety. For those on Livejournal with me on your friends page, I do apologize for causing you to scroll so much to reach the next post.

Also, I've had the last class of my MFA program! Still have to finish my thesis, but for all intents I'm done.

Anyway, without further ado:

SMOKERS of the MARVEL UNIVERSE!









































Much thanks to Ryan Dunlavey, Andrew Wales, Pat Lewis, and YodaJones and SpanoMano from the ISR forum for helping me compile a list of Marvel Smokers.

40 comments:

Allen Spetnagel said...

Yeah, Smokers!
I like all your new posts, Chris.
Congratulations on finishing Crogan's!

Jarrett Williams said...

Congrats on the MFA finish and the book finish man. It's your season pimp!

GarBut said...

Banshee -- smoking! No wonder Grant killed ye. He used your ye're vice agin' ye!! When ye needed ye're power most!

John Platt said...

Hilarious! Great art!

Anonymous said...

Needs more Black Panther.

http://www.hembeck.com/Images/FredSez/BlackPantherSmoking440.jpg

Chris Schweizer said...

Aaaa! I had hoped Black Panther smoked, but couldn't find anything to back it up. Grr!

I already printed up the prints - I may have to go back and drop him in instead of, say, Fancy Dan. Thanks for the heads-up!

I also missed out on another character, something Mourning Star creator Kazimir Strzepek was kind enough to rectify for me:

http://www.scubotch.com/kaz/mysterioforchris.gif

Marcos Perez said...

Ha! Very, very cool.

Andrew Wales said...

I love your take on the superheroes. So you are doing this as a print? Very cool.

Ryan Dunlavey said...

Great work Chris, Mentallo is my favorite. Thanks for the shout-out too!
I'm not gonna make SPX this year - will you have the prints available through the interwebs?

Mr. Austin said...

These are wonderful, well done.

Dav said...

Great work on these images. What will the final print look like?

I'm always surprised with the number of smokers when I'm looking through older Marvel comics. I had an idea once for an image of cigar smoking comic characters, but the only DC characters I could think of were supporting cast. No dearth at Marvel, though. Cap with a pipe, geez!

Chris Schweizer said...

Ryan,

I'm not really sure about the legality of selling something like this online - everybody seems to look the other way at cons with prints and whatnot, but putting something up for order... it's a little more grey, and I don't want to step on anyone's toes.

I'll have 'em at Heroes, but shoot me an e-mail if you aren't gonna be there - we'll get one into your hands, one way or another.

rickart said...

I'd bet good money that Dr. Strange has smoked at some point or another.

And of course Dormomu and the Human Torch smoke all the time.

BTW, These are great!

melvin bradley said...

Hey,
Great pics! How could you forget one of Marvel's most famous smokers, Howard the Duck? The duck always had a stogie in his beak.

Mukpuddy said...

Great stuff dude!!

Chris Schweizer said...

• Melvin: Howard the Duck was one of the first on my list, but he presented a problem. Whereas most of the Marvel characters are human and are thus able to be interpreted in a variety of ways and styles, Howard is not only a duck, but a duck who is recognized because he's always drawn in a certain way, with proportions that don't really vary from artist to artist - "on model," as they say. While he's a great character, and fun to draw, he's not fun to INTERPRET. Thus, I left him off.

• Rickart: Someone told me that Dr. Strange smoked a Hookah, but I couldn't every find any images to back that up. I wanted to have rock-solid evidence that Marvel depicted all of these guys smoking at one time or another, so as not to just be completely random with it. That's not to say he didn't... I just couldn't find it myself (but then again, I didn't spend a lot of time looking).

Cal Slayton said...

Awesome. Kudos!

Manny Mederos said...

These are definitely awesome!

Mark Stroud said...

I don't even smoke and I think this is cool.

geoff said...

Loved the collection. Needed more Mary Jane (not the weed, but Peter Parker's girlfriend).

She took up smoking in between the "Maximum Carnage" and "Attack of the Clones" storylines. And good ol' Spidey wasn't too happy about it.

http://www.spiderfan.org/characters/mary_jane.html

Alina Chau said...

FUN FUN!

Elite-Illustrator said...

nobody smokes anything else but tobacco ???
now, if they were from DC....
:)

GOGOPEDRO said...

INSPIRED.

P

manofredearth said...

What, no cigar-chomping Wolverine?

Chris Schweizer said...

He's there, fifteenth one down.

k. borcz said...

Great stuff. :)

Anonymous said...

Really fun cool illustrations. You'll probably get a kick out of drawing the Chameleon. That pretentious, 'poser' is definitely a smoker!

Galería Colombiana del Diseño said...

GREAT ADAPTATIONS AND ARTWORK ON THIS BLOG. CONGRATS CHRIS

cathryn101 said...

I love it. Extremely wonderful work! =]

jangojim said...

wow man, wayyy to fun :) ! awesome gallery ! between opening this page and bookmarking it took approximately 5 seconds. I didn't regret it a bit.

Keep the amazing juicy inspirational groovy lines coming! there's no limit on these

Capt_57 said...

Sorry I'm a bit late on this, but what about Hank Pym? A pipe smoker back in the day.

Stephen said...

i love the art. i'm talking bout it over at my blog

Jordan said...

I will also be talking about it on my own Blog. Chris is there any way I can my hands on one of these? Will you be at Baltimore?

Chris Schweizer said...

I won't be at Baltimore this year, but I will be doing the Small Press Expo in Bethesda.

Things are hectic this time of the year, but come late summer I should have a store or something in that vein on the site.

Thanks for checking it out!

Anonymous said...

You forgot Punisher.

samacleod said...

These are awesome. What a great series!

Skylar Cotton said...

These should each be made into t-shirts but not just white ones, stained yellow old nasty shirts that come grease soaked and in a dirty wrapper. Congrats on your book and for making the Wizard Pull List, pg 16 issue 204. I walked right down to the local shop and ordered mine yesterday. Congrats.

HookaLova said...

Google Image Search 'Dr. Strange hooka smoking'

and you'll find the picture.

Velma said...

Thanks for writing this.

red patriot said...

You forgot The Chameleon! He always had the "Pink Panther" cigarette. Mary Jane smoked, too.