Friday, 30 December 2016

Avengers UK DIGESTive

Hi guys n' girls,

First of all an apology from myself for providing a lack of material featuring Captain Britain and all things Marvel UK. Life's been a bit busy of late, lots of art commissions plus a busy time in general across this festive season. I have neglected my Otherworld duties, but I'm now determined to rectify this and provide regular features.

Moving on...

The guys at Avengers UK have once again been busy and released another fantastic piece of fan fiction on their Facebook page, entitled 'AUK DIGESTive First Bite'.

I've just finished reading it and it's great! Featuring separate stories that revolve around the Black Knight, MI:13, and Digitek. Check it out, a great way to end 2016 with some proper Marvel UK fan fiction, and it's FREE!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Captain Britain Brexit Special by Seb Carey

I came across this initially when it was featured in the recent Avengers UK Captain Britain 40th Anniversary issue, which you should all check out by the way. This is fantastic! A distinctly British, contemporary take by Seb Carey on the original Captain America Comics issue #1 released in 1941.

For more excellent work you should check out his Deviant Art gallery...

Monday, 17 October 2016

Union Jack by Jason Baroody

Spotted this one on the Comic Art Fans site.

The artist had this to say...
'ink and color pencil on red construction paper.
looks more red in real life, my scanner sucks.'

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Captain Britain 40th Costume Art by Mark Farbrother

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Captain Britain. This is a piece of art I did for 'Avengers UK', a fan based free Facebook comic. This piece is actually three pieces of A3 paper joined together to make one continuous piece of art showcasing every major Captain Britain uniform/costume. I used Alan Davis' original omnibus art as a base and adapted each piece to showcase each costume, with the exception of the MI:13 one drawn by Stuart Immonen.

Drawn on A3 (x3) Daler Rowney 300gsm Aquafine smooth watercolour paper, using Uni-Pin Fine line pens 0.05 - 0.8, Winsor & Newton Black Drawing Ink, and a white Signo Gel pen.

Progress photos...

Check out the full 97 page issue by following this link...

Captain Britain 40th Anniversary Issue Out Now!

I've been plugging this one for a while now. The guys over at Avengers UK have been slaving away for months on this issue, 97 pages in total, featuring comic strips, art, posters and all manner of goodies by various contributors. I won't post any of the art contained within (yet), I want you all to take a look at something created not for money, but for love of a character, that Marvel seem to use way too infrequently, and it's FREE! Check it out, it's great.

I'll post my contribution to this 40th anniversary edition later on today.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Avengers UK's 40th Anniversary Captain Britain Edition Out Tomorrow

He's 40 tomorrow! I'm looking forward to this release by the guys at Avengers UK, and it's FREE, it'll be worth checking out.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Union Jack by Barry Kitson

Nice Union Jack piece by Barry Kitson, spotted on the Comic Art Fans site from 2012.

The owner of this beauty had this to say...
'I've waited awhile to get a Union Jack sketch and finally decided that Barry Kitson would do a cool rendition of the character. I had no idea that I would leave with this incredible artwork! This scan does not capture the tones of the original, especially the smoke coming from both of his pistols! Pittsburgh Comic Con 2012'

Jealous much!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Avengers UK celebrating 40 years of Captain Britain... Soon!

In two weeks time the guys at Avengers UK are releasing a special anniversary issue to celebrate 40 years of Captain Britain. This special issue will feature comic strips, posters, art and many other features, including some art by me. All will be revealed in two weeks.

In the meantime check out their page...

Captain Britain Vs The Fury by Chris Sprouse

Love this Cap piece from Chris Sprouse, spotted on the Comic Art Fans site, Nice clean lines.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Captain Britain by Manuel Martinez

Nice pencil art of Captain Britain by Deviant Artist Manuel Martinez (Martinez23)
Check out other excellent pieces of art in his gallery...

Friday, 16 September 2016

MI:13 Captain Britain by Leonard Kirk

Spotted this convention sketch of Captain Britain in his MI:13 costume by Leonard Kirk on the Comic Art Fans site, posted in 2008.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Captain Britain issues 1976 - 1977

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Captain Britain's appearance, next month to be exact. America had Captain America, the embodiment of all things American, a flag wearing hero that all could look up to. This side of the pond needed a similar hero too, a British Captain America, one that represented this fair isle. Writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe were given the task to create such a hero, one for the British public.

The first issue of Captain Britain was released in the UK in October 1976, in a weekly format, in line with comics released here in the UK, unlike hero comics in the States which for the most part were released monthly.

The first, 'origin' issue pitted our young hero against a character called Joshua Stragg, who became 'The Reaver' after taking hold of 'The Sword of Might', the opposing choice for Brian Braddock, who chose 'The Amulet of Right' instead.

This run ran for 39 issues until it was amalgamated with the weekly Spider-Man comic. Captain Britain fought many villains in this run, The Reaver was the beginning, followed by Vixens henchmen, Hurricane, Mastermind, Dr. Synne, Red Skull, Lord Hawk, Mind Monster, Nykonn, Highwayman, and The Manipulator. Most disappeared into obscurity never to be used again, or rarely seen again at the very least. I would of loved to have seen Hurricane explored more, given more of a go, returning in later issues, but alas it wasn't to be.

This first run of Captain Britain was a mix of superhero, fantasy, and mysticism, quite unique, and distinctly British, a slice of 70's Britain, that introduced us to characters such as his sister Betsy Braddock, and the 'copper' Dai Thomas, amongst others.

I recommend this as a great nostalgic read, it has been reprinted in graphic novel form several times, worth picking up one if you can.