Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jumping spider, man (or Spidey hop)


In between working on pages I've been flipping through a bunch of old Steve Ditko issues of Spider-Man lately.
Ditko did such a great job of making Spider-Man, even though he's a hero, look sort of awkward in his costume. Big heroic, cool poses can be cool... but it has to be right for the character. Peter Parker being the nerd that he is/was it only makes sense that he wouldn't necessarily be the most graceful crime fighter. At least in the old Silver Age stuff that I've been looking at.
So yeah, this sketch was my attempt at that sort of quirky posed, yet still doing his superhero spiel, Spidey.



Oh, and I posted a new sketch of Asterix and Obelix over on the Comic Twart blog yesterday. Check it out here.

8 comments:

tonci said...

i'm sure a lot of people will agree- you should just be drawing all of these (if you aren't already =)

glad the sketches are back!

Matt W. said...

Great job, Chris! You've really managed to capture that gangly Ditko flair, which was always my favorite version of Spidey (which is in no way a slight to the outstanding work of Mr. Romita). This sketch of Spider-man seems to evoke a feeling somewhere between Ditko and Mark Buckingham, which in my book, couldn't be better. Keep 'em comin', Mr. S.

RAWLS said...

Awesome Spidey hop man!!

Brent Schoonover said...

Looks awesome Chris. I have been reading a lot of Ditko lately as well.

skalja said...

Beautiful sketch! You've really got the Ditko vibe down.

What I love about Ditko's Spider-Man is that his body language is so inhuman. I like to imagine Spidey as moving like an actual spider -- graceful, but in a skittery, stop-and-start way that gives people the willies. It would help explain why Spidey's in-universe reputation is so much worse than any other superhero's -- people mistrust him because he freaks them out.

Luke said...

Nicely done Chris! This would have been a great "E" sketch!

Dan C said...

Fantastic drawing. I truly hope to see you on a monthly Spider-man book one of these days...

Philip A. Buck said...

great job! You have captured what I have always loved about Ditko's Spider-man- the guirky, awkwardness. Keep up your great work!