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13th Dimension: How the Avengers made me a better artist

posted Aug 18, 2019, 5:21 PM by Vu Nguyen
From 13thdimension.com

AVENGERS #142 (Dec 1975)
Marvel Comics
Excerpt: The second issue of The Avengers, I remember Steve Englehart threw a curveball at me. The fact that he had all the characters transplanted into the Old West so he could use the old Western characters that Marvel had, you know Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt. It’s like an actor, if he wants a film role and you offer a job in a Western and they ask “Do you ride a horse?” He’ll say yes — and then learn how to ride a horse in order to be able to get that job. You’re not gonna want to lose the job.

So, I’m not gonna say, “I can’t draw this. I’ve never drawn a horse. I’ve never drawn an old locomotive.” But I better learn. So, I got books. I got books by Frederic Remington and a few other Western artists and learned how to do Western characters and the Western scenario. Again, not the best in the world, but I was willing to learn.


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