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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Power of Shazam!

Gary Frank's run on the Heroes of the DC Universe Bust series continues with Shazam - or as I like to call him, the artist formerly known as Captain Marvel. (Don't get me started on that whole silliness). While Shazam / CM isn't particularly one of my favourite DC Heroes, I have to say that this is one of my favourite busts in this line so far.

For starters on a basic level, it's nice to see that Gary Frank isn't afraid to draw eyes, unlike all the squinty Carlos Pacheo versions. Shazam definitely needs to be looking at the world with his innocent and hopeful eyes wide open, and Frank's sketch certainly captures that. That's essentially what I like about this bust - it captures the character so well.

Paint is solidly done, and I love this design - the flow of his cape, his sash, and the fold in his collar all make for a dynamic sculpt. Overall - a great piece.

It's great to have the original Captain Marvel in my collection, but the future of the Heroes of the DCU Bust line is a bit uncertain. We have some villains to look forward to, and an amazing looking Etrigan bust, but then it looks like the label is going to be taken by Blackest Night busts in 2011, which are a fine idea on their own, but I'd hate to see that supplant the main line and the opportunity to get a wider range of characters in bust form much like the opportunities that the Women of the DCU Bust line is providing us.

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Until next time!

6 comments:

Westy said...

I mine, it looks fine for the character, but there's my whole issue.
As for a BN line-up in 2011 (apart from missing the boat, and subjecting us to another year of BN memorabilia), would that mean that 2012 would see a Brightest Day line-up? Will there ever be a return to "regular programming" if such event tie-ins supplant the main line? I'd worry if were you...

chrismandesign said...

well, probably the pick doesn’t do justice to the figure, but from what i can see, the cast is really neat as the paint job (the gold seems stupendous over the red, i think so) thought the base looks a lil’ disturbing (r they gnomes???) what a pity that statues r very delicate, that’s why i only hav a few of them...

fishmilkshake said...

Interesting that they finally decide to do eyes on the one character that has generally been portrayed as not having obvious orbs

Onigaijan said...

I've been thinking about picking one of these up. Can someone give me a scale for them (or better yet, a comparison..i'm horrible with math)?

slangards said...

I never really thought of Shazam that way; as a kid who is innocent and hopeful and just having the time of his life. Even after I watched the cliff notes version from the DCAU.

Now that I know, I'll try to look up some of the best stories about this character. It seems like there are some good reads in that there premise.

chopa said...

What's up with that base? I personally like squinty Cap. marvel, but well done pupils are always a plus.

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