Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Guest Artist Gallery: Reilly Brown--addendum

A couple of weeks ago, in Guest Artist Gallery of the Gods, I ran a drawing of Typhon by Marvel Comics artist Reilly Brown. Reilly has recently been working on Marvel's Hercules franchise with super-talented writer Fred Van Lente. When Mr. Van Lente saw Reilly's Typhon post, he suggested that Reilly send us this special "almost was" picture from Marvel's Incredible Hercules series.

I'll let the illustrious Mr. Brown explain:

"Hey George, Fred Van Lente suggested I send you the Kid Typhon concept sketch to put on your blog since we're not using it for Hercules. I thought it could be a good idea, if you want it. Use it, don't use it, whatever.
The concept was that in order to defeat Typhon, Hercules made Typhon drink water from the Lethe River in Hades, which erases the memories of dead souls so that they can be reincarnated as new people. Or something like that. Somehow that turned him into a child.
Anyway, it's a funny drawing, and that's really the point :P"

Pretty cool huh? Reilly draws some of the best kids in comics (and believe you me, it's very hard to draw kids well), including a recent run on Hercules where Zeus was transformed into a 5 year old child. I'm loving his Kid Typhon, with his cute little snake legs and all, and I hope that one day we get to see a version of the story he described above. In the meantime, Incredible Hercules's loss is Guest Artist Gallery of the Gods gain, and we can all bask in the wonder of... Kid Typhon.

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