WANG!

I think this is one of the more unfortunate juxtapositions of onomontoPOWia with a crotch-shot of a large, muscle-bound S&M-themed character I have ever seen:

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Yes, “Master Man” (that’s his actual super id, I kid you not), we’re all veeeery impressed, now close your legs and get busy with the fight. Yeesh.

A commenter in another post brought up a good point (in regards to the Jackson Guice vomiting illustration in Dr. Strange), that the letterer usually adds sound effects, not the artist. Is that still true? I look at this panel and I can’t imagine Byrne not having drawn that WANG! right into the panel, it’s such a key part of the design. Had he not meant it to go there he’d not have left so much space in the lower left corner.

So I appeal to you, the better-informed comics audience, in today’s books does the penciler draw in the big sound effects, or is that left up to the letterer?

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Jeff is a 44 year old city boy who has somehow found himself located in Colorado, fulfilling his lifetime dream of making a living drawing super-heroes all day.

12 Responses to WANG!

  1. I think it can go either way. Old school (pre digital coloring or lettering), the letterer more often than not added the sound effects. The letterer got his hands on the pencilled pages BEFORE the inker, so the inker was rendering the pencils AROUND existing lettering.

    I am so full of useless information, it’s scary.

    (Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius. I knew that *before* ST 6!)

  2. …oh, and those look like John Byrne pencils. What book is that from? Who did the inks?

  3. Yes, that is John Byrne, from “Namor” No. 12 (copyright Marvel Entertainment Group).

  4. I’m noticing alot more mentions of crotch shots and just wang in general on this site. lol

  5. I know, I was thinking that this morning while posting it! Purely coincidental, I assure you.

  6. Still can’t compete with, “Captain America, I command you to . . . WANK!” but it’s not bad :)

  7. (Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius. I knew that *before* ST 6!)

    John, I remember watching the episode of “Star Trek: The Animated Series” in which it was revealed that James T. Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius. I think my geek cred is pretty well established :)

  8. I am not making this up:

    It’s news to me that JTK’s middle name was revealed on the animated series. I never had much to do with that series as a kid; I remember I didn’t like it much (seemed kinda stupid to me…why couldn’t I have the real guys instead?). No, I learned Tiberius from a very different source. I’m not kidding. I learned Tiberius from…

    …my trash can.

    No, really. I had a Star Trek trash can in my room growing up. It listed the character’s bios all the way around it. The only one I remember was Kirk’s, because it listed his middle name. “Tiberius” was news to me, because all I knew as a 9-year old was “James T. Kirk.” I thought the name was cool, and it stuck with me for years. I was supremely gratified when “Tiberius” was called out on ST:VI. “Yes!” I thought “My trash can was right!”

    Sad, I know.

  9. Is it any wonder, then, that John’s mind has been in the trash ever since?

    Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, tip your waitresses!

  10. I was going to mention that that was your third crotch shot in eight days(excluding the ones that you don’t label as such). Are you sure it’s all just coincidence?

  11. Until such time as I actually start requesting crotch shots from people, I maintain plausible deniability.

  12. Uh huh. Thats what they all say. <_<