Every now and then someone will send a message my way — sometimes to share tips about latest appearances, or to talk about a particular Plastic Man story, most often to just say they’re fans of Plas, too.
But, once in a while, I’ll hear from somebody who is super-enthusiastic, somebody who loves Plas with such depth that it almost makes me feel like an imposter.
That somebody is Kempo Cornelius.
To be honest, Kempo is enthusiastic about a lot of things, but her devotion to Plastic Man can’t be denied. I give you Exhibit A — a really dynamic illustration of Plas making what looks like a dashing exit. (Has Plas gone back to his Eel-like ways? I’d like to think he’s just snatching it from some would-be crooks.)
What most impresses me about this drawing is the way every inch of the character has a sense of being in motion. Many artists will show Plas stretching, but a lot of times it’s limited to his limbs, or a particular shape-change. This, on the other hand, reflects Plastic Man’s personality by putting his entire body on the move, from the bend in his toes to the twist in his chest. It’s one of those images I like the more I look at it.
A well-thought-out illustration would be one thing, but Kempo’s cosplay is on point, too. Exhibit B:
I’m always a fan of good Plastic Man cosplay, and I think Kempo pretty much nails it. (I won’t even quibble about the belt. Because what sort of nerd would even bring something like that up?! Er …)
If you’d like to see more of Kempo Cornelius’ work — including her original comic, FU! — head over to her comics site, and then check out her Facebook page.
What’s this? Ooh, just fleskin’ our muskles with Plastiks Man — arf arf arf!
Artist Marc Greisinger specializes in drawings of classic comic and cartoon characters — with Popeye and Plas being apparent favorites (mine, too!) — so I was happy to come across his playful mash-up of the two. The irascible sailor-man and the easygoing Plastic Man are a fantastic pairing (even if Popeye doesn’t seem so sure), and Greisinger’s Popeye is stylistically spot-on. The highlight for me, though, might be the clever design of Plas’ “pipe!”
For more of Marc Greisinger’s work, check out his DeviantArt page.
Is that even French? I honestly don’t know, but today we’ve got a sorta “Woozy Wednesday” and “Where’s Plas?” mash-up courtesy of this piece by Bill Alger.
I like Alger’s simple, but expressive, lines, and a person could drive themselves crazy trying to follow that crazy-complicated path that Plastic Man has taken. Speaking of which, look at the great job Alger did on the shading and coloring to differentiate the building’s interior from the scene outside! For what looks at first glance like a basic, cartoony image, there’s a whole lot going on here.
For more of Bill Alger’s work (including a drawing of Plas helping potty train a kid – no, really), make sure to visit his website.
That’s mucho Mucha, courtesy of Sara Richard – check out more of her work at her website!
I can’t put my finger on what it is I like so much about this piece by JJ Kirby, but it might be everything.
In particular I like that Kirby’s influences are apparent enough to lend a comfortable familiarity, but subtle enough to maintain originality. And I always appreciate it when an artist can use hand-drawing and computer graphics tools together in a way that still feels organic.
Best of all though, is the idea of putting Plastic Man — a character known for taking any crazy, fluid form imaginable — into the shape of a square. Whether it was on purpose or not, it’s pretty inspired.
Be sure to go see more of JJ Kirby’s work on his DeviantArt page, and see even more of his art (including a sweet Amanda Waller) on his blog.
This just makes me laugh and laugh.
Check out more of Bo Kaier’s work at his DeviantArt site!
I spotted this on a high-shelf at Chicago Comics a few days ago, and if I wasn’t traveling I definitely would’ve picked it up!
Of course, all you plasti-fans know this is taken from the very first Plastic Man story (published in Police Comics #1, 1941) and shows the moment Eel O’Brian discovered his new powers. Great guns!
You can check out more of Seth Tucker’s “pilfered art” (hey, that’s what he calls it) at his website and on Twitter.
Art by Seth Tucker
based on original art by Jack Cole
When it comes to designing powerful iconography, it’s hard to beat a superhero.
Artist Steve Garcia figured this out and has created a striking series of “silhouette” portraits based on various pop culture characters — most notably, from the Marvel and DC universes. Especially the DCU.
Allies and rogues from the Superman and Batman families, the Green Lantern Corps, the Legion of Super-Heroes and the Teen Titans are represented, and almost every member of the JLA makes Garcia’s extensive roster. Most importantly (at least as far as we here at N.B.I headquarters are concerned), that even includes a certain you-know-who!
This is a great image of Plastic Man in action, and even in silhouette the character is instantly recognizable. I especially like the way Plas’ iconic red-and-black color scheme is used — one color shading subtly into the other, giving the whole thing added depth — and I love the inverted goggles that highlight a visual fingerprint for ol’ Eel O’Brian.
(You eagle-eyes out there might also notice something familiar in this image. Or you might be asking yourself, “Hey. What’s with the angel?” Many of Garcia’s images are based on existing comic book art, and the Plastic Man “angel” is taken from a panel drawn by Doug Mahnke for JLA #65; in that issue, Plas is begging Batman to scare his illegitimate son away from a budding life of crime.)
As I mentioned earlier, Garcia has done a whole series of silhouette portraits — there’s even one for that chump Dibney. There are so many, it’s taking a Justice League of Bloggers to cover it all! Be sure to visit these sites, get their takes on how their favorite characters have been depicted, and give ’em some love!
• Firestorm Fan
• The Aquaman Shrine
• The Indigo Tribe
• Kord Industries
• My Greatest Adventure
• Comic Box Commentary
• Flowers & Fishnets
• The Riddle Factory
• Speed Force
• The New Wonder Woman (with more here!)
• Justice League Detroit
• The Idol-Head of Diabolu (a double-header!)
• The Power of the Atom (and here!)
• DC Bloodlines (and here, too!)
• S.T.A.R. Labs Detroit
• Red Tornado’s Path
• The Blog from the Bog
• Dave’s Daredevil Podcast
• Splitting Atoms
• The Hammer Strikes
And of course, if you like what you see from Steve Garcia, be sure to visit the artist on deviantART, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter.