Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Marvel Debut

It was always a boyhood fantasy of mine to draw comics for Marvel or DC. This summer, I finally got my chance! I did an 8-page story for HULK FAMILY:GREEN GENES#1, a one-shot that was out in stores on December 4th. Actually, it wasn't the first time I got a paycheck with Spiderman on it. WAAAY back in 1983 and 1984 I did a couple of spot illustrations for MARVEL AGE magazine. I did those between finishing high school and starting art school when I was 18 or so. I had always wanted to do comics as a kid, but somehow those drawings, and all the samples I did never translated into work for any of the mainstream comics companies at the time. After art school, I had moved on and made ( and still make ) storyboarding and concept art for film my career choice. I'd dabbled in indy comics and self-published comics in my spare time, but really hadn't thought too seriously about doing mainstream superhero books. I bumped into fellow Tothfan Jeff Parker at comic-con and he asked if I would be interested in doing some stuff for Marvel, and I said "Why not?"

So here it is. I've included a sample page from off the Marvel website. It's page 2 from the story "Daughter of Hulk" ( sans the lettering ). It's written by Paul Tobin, pencilled and digitally inked by me, and colored by Moose Baumann ( panel 4 is a lift from a different issue and drawn by someone else ). Go out and buy it! I've even included a scan of the cover ( by Marko Djurdjevic ) so you can find it in the stores!

Also, I did a 12-pager Jeff wrote that will be serialized in 3 parts as part of Marvel's new wave of original online comics. It's got the Agents of Atlas, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara. and some guy named Logan. The first episode will premiere for free on December 31 ( more info on that later ).

It's been fun doing these. It's a nice change of pace to do these once in a while, when the opportunity presents itself. Let me know what you think.


At Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 11:38:00 AM PST, Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Congrats man , looks fab.

At Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM PST, Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

Great news Benton, congrats! Wonderful energy in your women, panel 1 is really amazing!

At Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 1:18:00 PM PST, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

AWESOME!!! I have to go pick the comics up!
Congrats--- very, very cool, Benton! :)

At Monday, December 29, 2008 at 12:44:00 PM PST, Blogger benton jew said...

Dominic, Roberto, Crazy-

Thanks for the kind comments. It was fun to do, though I think the "Wolverine: Agent of Atlas" story ( coming out online Dec 31 ) is a much more successful piece .

I made some embarrassingly dumb errors in making the "Hulk's Daughter" piece. For example, I digitally "inked" the pages on my computer in RGB mode instead of grayscale, making the files huge and cumbersome for my cintiq and it really slowed me down. Turned out okay nonetheless.

Thanks again for dropping by.

At Friday, January 16, 2009 at 5:14:00 PM PST, Blogger James Baker said...

DUDE!! good for you! I am so happy for you


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