Hope everyone enjoyed Fathers Day and the first official day of Summer Wow! Temperatures climbed to 98 in these parts with the heat index approaching 110! So how did Mark Poe, Publisher in Training and father of 2 sons, celebrate his Father’s Day? He cleaned out the above ground swimming pool! With a lot of help from his family they got the job done in sweltering heat by just after noon. Drinking plenty of water, to stay as cool as a person can in 98 degree weather, the job was finally complete. Mark had actually started the job a couple weeks ago with the pool vac and net, but even though he got a lot of the debris from the Spring Storms, there was still some plain ol’ dirt the net and vac could not get. So it came down to draining, scrubbing and refilling the pool. It was a big job but at least it’s done. If you think you would like an above ground pool and believe the ads about how easy, almost maintenance free, they are, talk to Mark first.
Above we have some art Mark did for the recent Wally Wood Birthday Tribute. This was done over on Facebook as an event of the Wally Wood Fan Page. Back in the late ’70′s fandom was a buzz with the renewal of the famed All-Star Comics featuring the legendary Justice Society of America. It was to be the first of many revitalization titles the First Super-Team of comics would be involved in. This one was special. It was the first time in more than 20 years the All-Star Comics title had been published and it featured the inclusion of the junior set of heroes to the team, an Earth 2 version of the Teen Titans called the Super Squad. The SS consisted of the earth 2 Robin, Star-Spangled Kid and a new heroine, Power Girl. More significant was the creators of this new team, Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada and Wally Wood. Power Girl is credited in some circles as a creation Joe Orlando and Ric Estrada but other sources give Gerry Conway credit for her creation. Regardless it was Estrada and Wood that first breathed life into the character. Wood, always the expert craftsman at penciling and inking, began by inking over Estrada and later Keith Giffen. Sometimes the two just did breakdowns and Wood finished the pencils as well as the inks. On the last two issues Wood worked on, All-Star 64 & 65, he did the full pencils and inks himself. He also changed Power Girl’s costume, but later her original costume was restored and then went through many alterations over the years including 2 totally different looks. For his tribute Mark chose to do the original uniform. Mark credits Wally Wood with influencing his inking style as well as Joe Sinnott, Dave Simons and Terry Austin. Mark attempted to do this one more in the Wood style with the shadowing style and non-heroic stature which Wood’s art was noted for, while doing a little of his own interpretation in the process.:-D
Power Girl may well have been part of the inspiration for Greg Legat’s Tess. We as yet have not asked Greg about this and we really doubt there was any one source of inspiration for Tess, but both characters have that same strong, independent nature rarely seen in comic heroines prior to Power Girl. Be here Wednesday for page 17 of Tess’s first adventure in Mega Tales #1!
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