Wednesday, November 09, 2011

My Top 50 Marvel Comics Characters: (#'s 50-26)

Growing up I always dreamed of being a Marvel Comics artist. Mark Gruenwald, (one time editor in chief of Marvel) was a student of my Dad's at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and that gave me extra inspiration that I could make it there one day. Eventually my interests steered towards animation, but I still would like to illustrate a comic for Marvel one day if I got the opportunity. Here are the first 25 characters in my top 50 list. (#'s 25-#1 will get posted some other day, but it might take awhile). Once I finish all 50 my plan is to auction the original art on ebay and donate the proceeds to MS research. More on that whenever I finish the rest.

























60 Comments:

At 12:26 AM, Blogger Gillibean said...

AWESOME!!! These are so cool! Im not a comic book nerd so apart from the characters that have been featured in moviues I dont know most of them, but the drawings and the poses and energy are so amazing!!! Valkyrie is a particular favourite!

Maybe this will be your audition for Marvel!

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger Roland said...

WOW and WOW. I wish comics looked this good.

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Ronnie said...

Freaking Awesome!!!!

 
At 1:20 AM, Blogger Bruno Chekerdimian said...

Ben! You are still one of my favorite character designers!
Great list, I can't wait to see the other part.

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger Sean McCormack said...

AWESOME IDEA!!! I am soooooo stealing your idea and doing the same thing. The hard part being to pick my top 50... decisions decisions...
I'd love to see a comic in your style! So fresh and young! Brilliant

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Mukpuddy said...

So good bro, hard to pick a fav but if I had to it'd be 'Beast'... can't wait to see more dude!

 
At 6:19 AM, Blogger Bob Canada said...

This may be the greatest thing I've ever seen on the internet. Well done!

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger jason said...

I want Hawkeye and Taskmaster!

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Thierry Cattant said...

Very Nice!

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger Juan Bauty said...

Simply Awesome!!!!

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger MarcoMan42 said...

These are really great, very charming. Black Bolt is my favorite. Not to be a downer, but Sunfire's facial features seem a bit racially insensitive.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger samacleod said...

These are brilliant. You are insanely awesome. I love the Hulk, and Rogue, and Fin Fang Foom, and, and...amazing.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger santino lascano said...

Wow..you are still killing it. In a good way of course.

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger apd said...

Fantastic illustrations and I love the frame - very clever. (I think I need Ultron and the Vision on my wall, side-by-side, staring each other down.)

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Randall Sly said...

Awesome!

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger Mike Nassar said...

wooahhh, epic post. such fun lookin designs, ha. Colossus, Fin Fang Foom, Gargoyle, Rhino and Wendigo look super sweet.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger pbcbstudios said...

man - these are awesome........ you're at the wrong studio ;)

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Scott Warren said...

There is a LOT of amazing stuff on this blog!

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger abhishek singh said...

super duper lineup:)

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger Sean P. Diddy Sullivan said...

Sooooo awesome. MORE!

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Angela Entzminger said...

Wow these a great!

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Darwin said...

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT...

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Adam Temple said...

Amazing! This must have taken you a while.. How are you selling these series you do?

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Wilson J. Henry said...

Wow. I wish that I had that Juggernaut as an action figure. You have just blown my mind.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Kendra Melton said...

Damn! these are AMAZING. So talented. :]

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger leaf said...

Can you make a female mass spectrometrist heroine?

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Anthony Holden said...

Freaking. Radical.

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thank you all for the great comments! I actually drew these last spring and held off on posting them cause I was frustrated with how they turned out. Shows what I know. I can't believe there's been almost 6000 visits in the last 2 days!!! I've got 13 left to draw and then I'll post the rest and put them up for sale on ebay.

@ Leaf- I had to look up what mass spectrometry was and it hurt my brain! ;) The "MS" I was refering to was Multiple sclerosis. I'm no where near smart enough to comprehend mass spectrometry.

@ Paul- Ha! Ha! I've actually been thinkin' the same thing recently!

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger bakerstoryboards said...

Excellent stuff as always Ben. The best kind of pieces that inspire to draw more and draw well. Thanks for the look. Ed-

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger =shane white= said...

Freakin' hilarious, man!

I can't figure out which is my favorite.

=s=

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Duffs said...

those look great!!! I think it's Fin Fan Foom, not Fang. I only mention cuz everything else is PERFECT!

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Gerald de Dios said...

Digg'in your post Ben! The folks at Marvelicious Toys Facebook Page just added a link to this post :) They love your work!

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Anthony Vukojevich said...

Ben, have you seen this blog?

http://corneredblog.blogspot.com/

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Howard Shum said...

Super cool!

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Duffs: After spelling "Rogue" wrong twice, I double checked everybody. It's "Fin Fang Foom".

Gerald: Thanks!

Anthony: No I hadn't heard of it. Oh-well I thought I had such an original idea with the backdrops for the characters. Shoulda known everythings been done B4. Cool art on the site though, and I dug your contribution! :)

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Pushkaraj Shirke said...

your work, is fuckin AWESOMEEE!!! :D

 
At 7:22 AM, Blogger Owen Flanagan said...

These are superb Ben, you should sell them as prints aswell it might help you with fundraising.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Gabriel Lin said...

I love Vision and Hulk!!!

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger KYLE RICHARD ANGUS MCQUEEN said...

Ben, these are absolutely brilliant! I was blown away by your Star Wars characters, but these are something else! Always inspiring!!!
-Kyle

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Federico Milella said...

nice!!!!

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger OV! said...

WOW!!! dang man! those are sick!

you punk. I'm jealous.

>oVi

 
At 5:01 AM, Blogger Eduardo Fraga said...

Can't wait for the next 25!

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger damon said...

wow love it!

 
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At 9:44 PM, Blogger DeJarnette Designs said...

Love it! Amazing designs!

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

These are wicked AWESOME!

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Chris Ayers said...

Superb work, Ben.

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Andre Moore said...

these look great i'd love to see a Hulk comic by you.

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger Santi Hermana said...

Absolutely marvelous, you donĀ“t only have chosen 50 characters but 50 favourites costumes too. Rogue's first one? Curious.
But all of them are full of strength! Great!

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger TGillette said...

These are SO fun. I think I had a smile on my face the entire time scrolling through these. Can't wait to see the top 25!

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Marcelo Vignali said...

Oh my gosh, this is so awesome, if you ever drew the Hulk, I'd start buying it again. I think American comics take themselves too serious. I like your humorous approach.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger Taylor S Smith said...

Thank you for sharing these! So Good! What are you using to create these?

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger dusty abell said...

Like someone said earlier...i'm totally taking this idea and doing my top 50 too..... I love the corner box framing device for the spot illustrations and especially your numbering system as the issue #... BRILLIANT..........What fantastic interpretations, I really got a kick out of Mysterio's sleepy eyes in the broaches on his chest.. LOL!

 
At 1:28 AM, Blogger Jesse Soto said...

There's so much personality in these designs. I love them all! Thanks for taking the time to mak'em and shar'em!

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger GeeBee said...

Can't wait to see the whole set !
Bravo, Ben !

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger Gillian Comerford said...

Megggga Brill...look forward to seeing the full set

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger akira said...

i'd have put black bolt and the hulk higher, but at least i get to see them now. SO AWESOME!! and if shaman is at 36, i'm guessing puck and sasquatch are gunna be in the top 25.... and i hope that my number one: Lockjaw is up there too, because i'd LOOOOOVE to see your drawing of him!!! looking forward to the top 25 and ebay auction, and the disney marvel animated film designed by you!!! PLEASE JOHN LASSETTER!!!!!!

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger The Crypto-Scout said...

1-25? WHERE ARE THEY??? ;)

 
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At 12:01 PM, Blogger Steve Alvarado said...

Looking forward to your take on the next 25 characters. Any hint as to when you'll be posting the rest?

 

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