This is the second installment in my ongoing series featuring top comments for my most popular Reddit submission of the day.
This morning I was fortunate enough to be able to share an incredible painting by Alex Ross depicting Marvels Avengers and Invaders with the r/Marvel community.
The image got over 100 comments. One of the earlier comments was a helpful user informing us all where the art was originally published.
This is the artwork on the cover of the Avengers/Invaders collection from a few years back. It’s a great story, set in the period between Civil War and Dark Reign. It’s the story that brought Toro back to life and kinda set up the return of the Invaders characters to prominance in the present day MU.
About an hour later a few commenters discussed the Human Torch and his roots as an Invader before eventually becoming a staple of the Fantastic Four.
I love Ross’ Human Torch design, there’s just something about it that looks vintage and cool.
Vintage Torch wasn’t Johnny from Fantastic 4, but an android who fought alongside the invaders!
Jim Hammond is his name, the other fire guy is Toro his boy sidekick. Jim Hammond went on to kinda become the Vision, but that turned out to be bogus and his android body was chillin somewhere, then he got turned back on again and is now a normal android fire-man again.
Fun fact! He killed Hitler! In the marvel universe Hitler was killed by the human torch (jim hammond) instead of killing himself.
Of course some of the comments were on the sillier side, but still provoked thoughtful conversation.
Honestly it makes so much more sense that he does not wear shoes but rather some kind of one-sy like fabric so his feet can stick to walls.
That’s probably canon, but most artists aren’t going to spend the time to make it look like he’s barefoot under the fabric.
Eventually someone also shared a link to the original comic book cover as well as the OG cover it was inspired by.
In case anyone is interested, here it is alongside the What If? classic it homages.
Title: What if...? Title: Avengers-Invaders Issue: #4 Issue: 12 Publisher: Marvel Comics Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover date: 1977 Cover date: 2009 Artist: Gil Kane Artist: Alex Ross
In fact, all the covers were homage covers. Check out this one.
Title: The Invaders v1 Title: Avengers-Invaders Issue: #5 Issue: 9 Publisher: Marvel Comics Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover date: 1977 Cover date: 2009
Of course there are a lot of folks who may have questions about who some of these more obscure characters are and there will always be the super fans who can name them all.
Red Raven, perhaps? http://www.writeups.org/red-raven-liberty-legion-marvel-comics-avians/
Red Raven was in the Liberty Legion. Not the Invaders.
I’d like to close with a statement that sums it all up:
I love that someone with as much talent as Alex Ross loves painting superheroes. How far the genre has come.
Check out the entire discussion here.