Monday, May 11, 2009

Hawkman Sketch by John J Muth

Our sketch today is by John J Muth, who is best known to me as the artist on Swamp Thing: Roots, as well as "The Wake" arc from Sandman (a personal favorite).  He also has done a lot of work for children's books. including Zen Shorts, which he also wrote.

This is a very moody take on Hawkman.  The wings clearly look like a cape, a look which I cannot recall ever having really seen before.  But its not bad.  The sketch gives me a sort of Golden Age vibe, where Hawkman was consistantly referred to as a creature of the night or other such monkiers.  I also really like how even when buried in the shadows you can still make out the straps of the wing harness across his chest.

Disclaimer: I do not own or have possession of this sketch.  It is being reposted from the cited website only.

Image: Hawkman sketch, ???, John J Muth, retrieved from Comic Art Fans.


Diabolu Frank said...

That's a really interesting piece. I'm not sure it works for the character, but as a concept sketch I dig it.

Luke said...

Yeah. I can't remember another image of Hawkman this, for lack of a better term, moody. I don't know that it would work for a feature or a story, but it does demonstrate that Hawkman can be portrayed in a lot of different ways and still look cool!