Saturday, March 11, 2006

This Artist Is Good - George Gozum

In the early 80s, in the pages of Uncanny X-Men, the call went out to fans to send in their designs for a new costume for Kitty Pryde. One reply, published in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #168, came from a young(ish) lad from the Phillippines, George Gozum, who also supplied Kitty's thoughts about the costume,
'Think I'll design a costume--something new...different. I know--ASYMETRICS! I'll start with my hair (it gets in the way sometimes). I'd better add a mask to protect my secret identity. My code name's SPRITE and that's a water pixie. I know! I'll make the costume elf-like, starting with shoes that won't hinder my natural grace. I am a dancer! I'll base the colors on water sprites, too, and add a snazzy new 'X' symbol and VOILA...the all-new Sprite!'
To see the costume design, and see more about why George is such a good artist, click on read more.

Here's the costume design George made back then (pic courtesy of The Catbox)

Well, the years have passed, but George is still drawing X-ladies.

As you can see, unlike most of the other artists I feature in this shtick of mine, George has a bit more of a mainstream appeal to him, as the Marc Silvestri influence is clear, but I think there is also a lot of Steve Lightle mixed in there, which I think humanizes the pieces beyond just T & A.

Speaking of Lightle, who was a longtime Legion artist, check out George's Legion of Superheroes pieces (based on the Grell Legion era)...

Finally, how freaking awesome is this Phantom Girl?

George doesn't currently work in comics, using his artistic talents on web design work (you can check out his website here to see some of his awesome webpage designs), so I do not have any sequential samples to show you folks, which would have been nice, but a guy's got to make a living, so I know he doesn't have the time to get any sequential stuff out there (We're lucky enough to have this pin-ups!).

Totally the comic world's loss.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally beautiful stuff! I'd never seen his Legion stuff.

- Jed

3/11/2006 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Craig said...

"I didn't realise Wang was in the Peridoic Table, Element Lad!"

"Well, it is the 31st Century, baby, yeah!"

(that Phantom Lady is brilliant)


3/11/2006 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan Blouin said...


3/11/2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Blockade Boy said...

Holy crap! That anybody could take one of the stupidest hairstyles in comics (Phantom Girl's) and make it look terrific is astounding to me. I'm floored!

And that Gozum fellow is fantastic! I like that he can make the women sexy without resorting to exaggerating their, er... attributes. They're proportioned like genuine human beings. Gorgeous stuff.

3/12/2006 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

yeah. the economy here in the philippines is a tad too bad for the fledgling comic book artist, resulting to them going to advertising and architecture and other things instead of improving the art. all the comic book artists her who make it locally (not to be confused with leinil yu and that guy who draws RUNAWAYS) are the richer ones, the ones who were born rich, as they could afford to have their books printed. sad sad sad. if every budding comic artist here were given a book or so to prove their mettle, we'd have a library of them already. a small, privately owned library, but a library nonetheless.

3/13/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

That's too bad, Adam.

For what it's worth, though, George currently lives in New York City.

3/13/2006 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

For what it's worth, though, George currently lives in New York City.

which is, in a way, even more sad, as he's not here making comics and maybe raising the bar a bit, or at least contributing to the slowly (yet steadily) growing batch of quality books.

other filipino artists that might be of interest, who are doing stuff here locally:

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