Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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So, Heroic Age. Showing off the all prettied up and squeeky clean Marvel Universe, eh? Got tired of the doom and gloom of how evil Norman Osborn was, right? Guess this doesn't apply to plagiarism.
Marvel released their solicit information for May 2010 and in it was a nice Greg Land variant for Avengers #1. Greg Land being Greg Land, it was obvious on first viewing he traced it. The most blatant offense, of course, was Iron Man's new armour.
See, Iron Man hasn't even debuted that shiny, new armour yet, so, clearly, there are only a handful of images, namely the initial concept art from back when it was first announced. Land, the consumate asshole tracer, cut and pasted Ryan Meinerding's concept art, tilted the head slightly and, viola!, he's got his Iron Man "drawn" for this cover. He was paid to do this.
The other image I bothered to find a decent representation from previous work, which was quite easy, was his Triple H tracing, which shows up in every damn issue and group pose cover he deigns us to trace. I just grabbed one of many examples and pasted a Hyperion on top of Thor to show how much thought went into the pose. Once I started looking for others, I decided I wasn't going to waste any more time on his sorry excuse for "art" just to further prove a point I'd already made abundantly clear with just the Iron Man tracing.
Good job, Marvel. Keep employing a hack that not only traces porn and other horribly inappropriate images, but also continues to trace other people's work and pass it off as his own. He makes a great impression on your new Heroic Age, too. Really drives home the point with his satirical artistic expression with this "intentionally traced" piece. Brilliant.