In terms of comics, I am very much a fan of the 70s and 80s. I started collected in the late 70s and continued to collect and read comics hard core until I transitioned to a pro in the mid-90s, so that time period is very much ingrained into every fiber of my being.
As a kid and collector during that time, the Uncanny X-men written by Chris Claremont and drawn by a cadre of incredibly talented artists (John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith, Art Adams, Alan Davis…the list goes on and on) was at the top of my list. This sketch cover, doodled on a blank sketch variant cover for the new Uncanny X-men #1, focuses on Rogue and a batch of characters related to her — X-men specific for the most part, but you’ll also find Ms Marvel and Dazzler, two earlier members of Rogue’s…uh…rogues gallery. I do have to admit that I was about half a second from drawing Rom on here, but Athena stopped me. She just doesn’t have the spaceknight love that I have.
Oh, and this sketch cover is currently available for anyone interested. It’s $50+$5 shipping.
If you like the piece, or even if you don’t, leave a comment and let me know what you think. I also wanted to mention that I am open for commissions right now. I can do sketch covers (email me for a list of what I’ve got), illustration, cover recreations and just about anything else.
Back to work for me. Thanks for dropping by!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius