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Here we are for another installment of Event Art. Today we present to you an image of Ms. Lion with the powers of Captain Universe.
Ms. Lion is a classic example of a canon immigrant, that is, a character that crosses over from one medium into the mainstream canon. That’s right, just like Agent Phil Coulson, Ms. Lion made the leap into the Marvel-616 Universe after a storied run on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The character has always been pretty silly, making him a perfect fit for the Pet Avengers. Now, before you go rushing to the comments: Yes, I know the name is ‘Ms. Lion’, which implies the character is female, yet I keep referring to him as ‘he’. Well, wouldn’t it figure that the Marvel Universe decided that Ms. Lion is indeed a male dog while keeping the ‘Ms.’ title. On a personal note, I think it says unfair things about Aunt May, considering he’s her pooch. Aunt May has had such a rough go of it, being shuffled around to all sorts of different writers. My guess is that when they decided to import Ms. Lion to the comic books, the writer decided Aunt May had dementia. I think she’s had it bad enough, what with losing her husband and all. Can’t we allow the poor woman a shred of dignity? (I apologize. I got a little diatribe-y there. Back on the rails!)
My first challenge here was actually drawing the right kind of dog. Ms. Lion’s breed is a little hard to figure out. He has features of a few different breeds, some of which are big dogs, others are much smaller. Sometimes he looks like a lhasa apso, sometimes he looks like a Scottish terrier, and sometimes he looks like an Old English sheepdog. Depending in how you look at it, he could be any one of those, and likely a mix of the bunch.
Next, I had to lay over the Captain Universe costume. Although it’s a fairly simple design, the colors can be tricky. Also, dogs don’t often wear Spandex. The precedent for this was Casey the Dog, who gained the power in an issue of What If..? Using Casey as a basis, I tried to make the costume fit the dog shape and still convey what was happening with the wearer.
I’m personally very pleased with the result, and I hope you all enjoy what I’ve done here. I’d really like to hear what people think of my work, so don’t hesitate to comment.
Word has come down that Ig Guara, who has lent his artistic skill to the Pet Avengers series, is an avid gamer and is also playing Marvel currently. His Watcher had this to say about our blog:
O @PlotPointsBlog, melhor site sobre o Marvel RPG, tá fazendo uma série sobre o Pet Avengers, cujo desenhista joga na minha mesa de MRPG!
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The @PlotPointsBlog, best site for the Marvel RPG, is doing a series on the Pet Avengers, whose artist plays on my table of MRPG!