I’ve mentioned once or twice on this blog that my first ever comic book that I purchased with my own money was Avengers #58
Start collecting comics right here, and then get back to me.
Rascally Roy Thomas, Big John Buscema, Gorgeous George Klein…PLUS the Vision joins the Avengers, and has a good cry. I suggest that it’s one of the best comics of the Sixties, and certainly one of the reasons I’m addicted to these funny books in general and the Vision in specific. I had older brothers, and had read comics for a year or so previous, and even had a copy of the Avengers from just two months before, bought by my Grandmother I believe…
I still have these original copies, still in pretty good shape after all these years. Thanks Grandma.
But #58 is where I start spending my own 12 cents a month on these things, thus Roy Thomas and Ultron and these characters mean a LOT to me.
So you can imagine my unspeakable joy in being asked to collaborate with Roy Thomas on an Avengers project. The Hero Initiative (a charity organization that helps out comic book creators in retirement and in need with medical expenses and other necessities) wanted me to ink a cover that Roy Thomas had penciled.
Fig. 1. The Rascally One himself.
You heard me right. Roy Thomas pencils.
He edits. He writes. And now, he draws!
Mark Waid, and Jim McLauchlin, the two folks who asked me to help out, asked me to “tweak” the art so it was a little more “on model” for the characters, but I was torn…I figured anyone who might want to bid on a Roy Thomas original comic cover for charity might not want it obscured by the inker. I sure wouldn’t. So I tried to clean up the drawing without obliterating the one-of-a-kind Roy Thomas pencils.
Here’s what I came up with.
I added a wing to Thor's helmet, and those little round things to Iron Man's hips, but otherwise tried to keep as much to the original as I could manage...while tarting it up with shading and linework.
And I couldn’t be happier. How often does anyone get a chance to work with one of the people who inspired them as a young child? And with the very characters that were involved in that inspiration? And for a good cause? Sometimes things work out perfectly.
Go here to check out the Hero Initiative Website and their entry on this cover.
And if you’ve never heard of Roy Thomas, SHAME on you. He’s one of the most important creators in comics, and besides being responsible for about a third of the Marvel Universe, and a small chunk of the DCU, Roy is the reason you’ve heard of Conan, and probably the reason you’ve heard of the Golden Age of Comics.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, you Roy Thomas Moment from Avengers #58:
ALSO: He apparently played baseball in the Seventies…
Unless it's just a common sounding name...