Imperius Rex! My favorite Bipolar MARVEL

Hey, you like those MARVEL movies?

That Robert Downey Jr is pretty great, right?

AVENGERS was a hoot?

Honestly, they haven’t uncorked the best thing they got going for them.

Subbyinks

Designed way back in 1939, The Sub Mariner showed up in MARVEL COMICS #1, a mutant hybrid of human and Atlantean.  He could live underwater and on land, was insanely strong, had little ankle wings, and a wicked temper that found him crushing Nazi U Boats and sinking Manhattan.  The original “bad boy” anti-hero, who sometimes helped humanity and found himself at odds with other MARVEL characters, most notably The Human Torch.

He’s not as popular these days, which is a shame.

Sadly, he also got a lame action figure.

That much, we can fix.

STEP 1: BUY THIS STUFF

You will need a Superman and the one Marvel Legends Sub Mariner figure

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STEP 2: TAKE THIS STUFF APART

You don’t need Superman’s head.  Or his cape.  And you probably want to ve-e-e-ry carefully razor blade off the loops on his belt.

You only need Sub Mariner’s head.  And you probably want to ve-e-e-ry carefully razor blade off his ankle wings.

STEP 3: MAKE THIS STUFF

I use TAMIYA 2-part epoxy putty when sculpting.  The goal is to fill in and remove Superman’s boot line and flesh out his feet for toes.  If that sounds too tough, you *could* buy a Dr. Manhattan figure and use his lower legs and bare feet.

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In this picture, I used some nail polish remover to wipe off the S symbol.  Sometimes, those show through when I paint the figure.

STEP 4: PAINT THIS STUFF

The Sub Mariner is a pretty straightforward paint job.  I used ARMY PAINTER flesh toned spray paint and did his trunks in green.  The belt is yellow with a gold buckle.  When everything dried, I re-attached his wings to his ankle.

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It’s that easy.  MARVEL’s next best thing is now yours.

Excelsior!

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5 responses to “Imperius Rex! My favorite Bipolar MARVEL

  1. Namor really is bipolar, pretty much. Byrne went into that in his series. That’s why he’s like that. I love him.

  2. Deane Aikins

    Cap and Namor are really the figures that I’ve been hired to make that I want for myself.

  3. Xander Martin

    Very cool! I always dug his classic look as opposed to him wearing black leather.

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