Friday, July 25, 2008

Hero of the Spaceways, Marvin Aardvark!


Back in the late sixties and early seventies, I was a teenager looking to find a way to express myself through art. My influences up to then were mainly Mad magazine and Warner Brothers cartoons. So it will come as no surprise then that my first attempts at comic book stuff would be of a slightly humorous bent reflecting those influences.
Actually, if you read the first story presented here, you will see that I swiped and lifted wholesale from them.

This is the first drawing of my hero Marvin Aardvark. Note that I hadn't worked out what to do with the nose yet.

Here we see Marvin in a Jim Steranko style pose.

I also tried to make him beefier.

Eventually I settled on a set character design and tried my hand at an actual story. It was done on soft pulpy drawing paper with a crowquill pen nib. What did I know, I was just a kid. As you can see, the story is pretty much a wholesale swipe of Bugs Bunny and Marvin Martian, but we learn and hopefully grow beyond our influences as the years go by.

Tomorrow I will post the second story featuring Marvin Aardvark.

1 comment:

silvano said...

I'm not a fan of the "funny animals" thing ; but this is cool !