Category Archives: Aquon

French Comics *(Ohh LA-LA)

Anyone speak French?

I picked these off the ‘bay mainly because… oh – comeon – you KNOW why!  It’s #165… in FRENCH!  Actually, here’s an odd thing, the story to #165 isn’t even IN this issue!  I mean, the issue BEFORE Aquon was in it – but not the issue with Aquon!  What the heck fire is going on?  I snagged this and the Cobalt Man issue – of course Cobalt Man was IN that one…

I would love to know what these say!

Tom’s Collection Day 1

A special week of posts for you- featuring the amazing collection of Tom.  This week you will see some of the most beautiful pieces – mostly Hulk – but other pieces that make me drool just the same!  Let’s start with his best piece ever! 

The Incredible Hulk #165

This is how Tom and I came in contact – because of this cover – he is the owner and I am just a lowly admirer… but here are Tom’s words about the piece:

Hulk #165 Cover: I’d been looking for a Trimpe Hulk cover for about five years, with little success when this one came up to auction. I was really after either Hulk # 163, #167 or Hulk #172, but when I couldn’t find those and prices started to skyrocket I decided I would grab whatever cover I could find before they priced out of my range. I was looking specifically for a cover during what I consider Trimpe’s best cover span (#163-187) and this one fit the bill. The art work is terrific and the piece is in excellent condition for a cover from that era. I only wish it came from a more memorable story arc ( the somewhat forgettable Captain Omen issues) and had a first rate villain, (sorry Aquon fans), but those points aside, it’s still a great piece.

Isn’t it amazing?  Ironic really… the one guy who has the one piece I would kill for isn’t even a fan of Aquon… man, that burns!  But I digress… Tom has a whole slew of great Hulk pages – and a whole lot more – here is another “grail” worthy piece!

Trimpe Hulk Splash!

 Hulk #173 Splash: This is my favorite Trimpe piece. I was about eight when I purchased my copy of Hulk #173 at a flea market where a guy was selling comics without covers for a dime. So, for a long time this image WAS the cover of Hulk 173 to me. Even years later after I bought a crisp version with a cover, this image still seemed more like the real cover to me. It’s classic Trimpe, the Hulk surrounded by police, trashing a city (San Diego where I lived for ten years) and Trimpe inks to boot!! I can’t think of a splash in Trimpe’s entire run I would rather own.

The Incredible Hulk #165 Cover Re-Creation (2010)

The amazing work of Tom Smith!

I’m pretty confident that IF the owner of this classic cover ever decided to sell it – it would cost more than I can spend in a single decade – so I did the best next thing.  I found an artist that does amazing cover re-creations.  His work is fantastic – and was gracious enough to give me discounted price for my first piece from him.  When I opened the envelope I was stunned at the awesomeness of what I saw.  Tom Smith is an amazing artist that everyone should check out – here is his website:

He can do any cover – it will looks as stunning as this one does.  I asked Tom about his process – and he said this:

Hi Ryan, So glad you like it!!! I basically do what an inker does… I take the reference I have of the original art through a process so when I am done I have what is similar to the pencil art and then I ink it on a light table just like an inker would. I have always had extremely good control of my pens and brushes which is the key to getting the nice line quality you see, I learned that control as an animator over 20 years. I also draw the title logo and whatever I can but I want to make sure that the word balloons look like the comic so I usually print them out on the same bristol board that I draw on so I can get it as close as possible to the original. Most companies just use a Xerox of the title Logo and paste on paper stats for the word balloons but I take the time to do the title logo by hand. Word Balloons are tricky and if you aren’t a pro letterer it looks cheap and ruins the recreation in my opinion. I see many people doing recreations but they try to draw even the comic code and that is NEVER drawn by hand so I don’t think it should be on a recreation either 😉 If there is anything else you would like don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks, Tom”

Thought it was interesting enough to share.  I love this huge piece – glad I got it – I’m not sure I would pick up another one… and if I did which cover to pick… but I am glad I got this.  I will be back tomorrow with my review of the Planet Hulk DVD!

Aquon... such an under used character