Friday, October 2, 2009
"Maces High" by Keith Pollard and Josef Rubinstein
Our "sketch" today is actually an inked commission from Keith Pollard with Josef Rubinstein on inks, and features the Pinnioned Powerhouse laying a beat down on the Ponytailed Punkass, AKA Thunderstrike!
I am most familiar with Pollard's work on Iron Man, right after the century mark on his title, but his most well known run was on Thor starting in 1979 and lasting for a few years on the Thunder God's book. He did handle a few issues of Thunderstrike, as well. Near as I can tell, he has drawn Hawkman in one comic -- Justice League of America #197.
The musculature of these two looks great. Both look ripped up without being ridiculous, which is appropriate for a Bronze Ager like Pollard. He even makes Thunderstrike's costume look pretty decent. The use of Hawkman's more modern design, with the pouch belt and more utilitarian pants, works well in this combination. The helmet has a nice low-key look to it, without excessively large Honor Wings, but not losing them either. And the wings look great, as well. All in all a heck of a nice piece of art, which would make for a good cover -- even if the endgame is a foregone conclusion.
Image: "Maces High," 2008, Keith Pollard and Josef Rubinstein, retrieved from Comic Art Fans.