thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2011 Series No. 85 - Enchantress

TRDL 2011 Series No. 85 - Enchantress

TRDL 2011 Series No. 85 - Enchantress

The concept of my piece this year is to pay homage to three or four aspects of my relationship with the dear, departed Vlad Fiks: love of lighting, classic Marvel, pulp novels and a commission. You see, many years ago Vlad commissioned me to do a Marvel U babe, this being prior to my modern pin-up series work. I chose Enchantress, and drew her in her original costume. He liked it, but it was a flawed piece, and over the years I felt I could do better, and drew a new piece, which you can see here and below in the process notes. I sent it to Vlad as a surprise, framed. That week, we learned he died. I never knew if he got the illustration, but I was glad I had done it, even if the timing was chilling. So this time around, I did this illustration as a nod to a classic Robert McGinnis pulp novel cover for Kill Now, Pay Later (by Robert Kyle), but featuring Enchantress and her longtime lover/minion, the Executioner. The concept is that Skurge the Executioner has raised the stakes and seized the throne of Asgard… but without the Odinfire, the realm is eternally dark. His manipulator and seducer, Enchantress, sits with her face in shadow. It’s a hollow victory, the sort of rewards such skullduggery yields in pulp stories. Anyway, this was for Vlad, and I hope he’d like it if he could see it today…

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TRDL 2011 Series No. 81 - Clea

TRDL 2011 Series No. 81 - Clea

TRDL 2011 Series No. 87 - Pixie

TRDL 2011 Series No. 87 - Pixie