Thursday, May 29, 2008

Doctor Fate meets Doctor Strange



Ok, I drew this for a commission that was really, really late. I was asked to draw Doctor Fate, and threw in Doctor Strange as well, 'cause I thought they'd make a cool combo. I grew up reading those Ditko Dr Strange comics (and need I say I loved them?), but I never really read anything with Doctor Fate until about a year ago when my buddy, Steve Manale, pointed out the original golden age stories featuring the bell-headed guy. Steve is rarely wrong about his comic recommendations and he was certainly on the money in this case. The original Doctor Fate stories from the 1940's by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman are pure gold.

Fox was apparently just a teen when he wrote them, and hadn't yet descended into the lower circles of demented hackery he'd hit by the time he got to the silver age DC heroes in the 1960's (I swear, that man's later work is unreadable). He filled those early stories with a kind of schoolboy-meets-lovecraft vibe that's really charming in its primitivism. And Howard Sherman's art was my kind of crazy -- bizarre and yet possessing a strange logic and accidental beauty all its own. The stuff just crackles with the raw energy found in the best golden-age comics.

Anyway, for those interested, you can check out the Doctor Fate Archives hardcover collection from DC and see for yourself. And if you want to check out my rough pencil sketch for this drawing, you can do so by pointing your eyes just a little lower.

18 comments:

Jason Chalker said...

That's really cool. I love the perspective and lighting.

Drazen said...

yeah!
I love Dr Fate

aintshakespeare said...

This picture is fantastic. Wonderful design.

Ras Yeti said...

Rad!

jason quinones said...

been a while since i dropped in or commented...

and you're still doing great work as usual!!

really like that superman one. i believe i know what spirit story you're referencing as i have some spirit comics at home.

the composition on this "battle of the docs" is great.

Michael Cho said...

Jason: thanks, Jason!

Drazen: hey, Drazen -- figures you'd dig Dr Fate! Love that superman drawing you did recently too.

Aintshakespeae: thanks!

Ras: Balls Rad!

Jason: thanks, Jason. Glad you liked it. Nice of you to drop by again.

RLS said...

Like I said before, that looks awesome. Great lighting. Didn't it have green tones before instead of blue, though?

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Ron. Yeah, I drew the original in green, but thought I'd change it up a bit in pshop before posting it here. I also did a couple of minor tweaks to it (like on his mask) too.

Roberto Zaghi said...

Michael, great work. Love the composition, the light and the powerful staging. Dr.Strange is awesome!

Eric Talbot said...

Very cool! Hey, I see you're going to be at the Fan expo this year. I'll be there as well and can finally give you some way overdue skull stickers!

Ray Frenden said...

Nice compromise between realistically cast shadows and legibility in the bunched-up top of Dr. Strange's cape.

The Passenger said...

Man u rock!

Kevin Barber said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FREAKIN COOL.I love your work.Any sketchbooks?

Steve said...

Taste the awful power of Fate!

Chris Nolan.ca said...

Awesome artwork!

I read all those old DocStrange Strange Tales for the first time last week on holiday. I really got into them (well not all of them, but most of them).

Marvel just reprinted the collection:
http://apps.facebook.com/comicbooks/titles/essential-doctor-strange-tpb

gemi f said...

Mr.Cho,
I'm not an expert but I think that your art is amazing
I'm 14 years old, I'm from greece and I love creating comics
If you checked my blog up, I would be thankful to you

Michael Cho said...

Thanks for all the kind words, folks! And I apologize for the delay in responding and posting.

cthawkman said...

Awesome drawing. Dr. Fate is a favorite of mine!