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ATOMIC TWO-ON-ONE: A Blok for all seasons

I’ve been blessed to have very enthusiastic patrons who are die-hard fans of the Legion of Superheroes.  I written before about making an entire set of the Legion based on their 1970s appearances and a growing collection for Neil.  Today, we focus on two looks for one character: Blok.

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Blok is an alien dude from a planet of alien rock dudes.  In a novel twist, Blok was not the smartest… blok and was talked into joining a bunch of bad alien dudes who wanted to punch out the Legion.  Over time, Blok got his blok on right and joined our band of heroes.

Over time, artists came up with a variety of looks for Blok, his blok-y appearance became less detailed and more …blok-y (he loses his nose but doesn’t seem stuffy afterwards)? His wardrobe started very spartan and transitioned to more clothing over time as he enjoyed a variety of … romper pants? 1976810-blokI don’t think I had ever seen this costume before in a comic story, but this early look is Martin’s favourite and so that was that.  I found this image and one color reference in  two-page spread of character designs.  Another aspect of the character I wasn’t clear on was his size relative to the more humanoid Legionnaires.  We settled on having Blok slightly larger than everyone else.

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Neil wanted a later version of Blok (aka Romper Pants Blok), designed by Steve Lightle.  At this point, the character was more consistently drawn a bit taller than everyone else.  Neil asked for an oversized DCUC figure.

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I think we were able to make both guys happy-

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To keep Neil on schedule for his custom 12-pack of figures, I also finished Lightning Lass- twin sister of Lightning Lad.

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Also- The White Witch with spell-casting hands or throat-punch super power!

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Making these was a ton of fun.  Just two more left to go!

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Count-down to Christmas Day 2: Happy Holidays Polar Boy!

Martin has been a dear patron for years, having ordered a set of the complete Grell/Cockrum Legion of Super Heroes.  When some space opened in my schedule and he asked for some more recent members, how could I refuse?

 

Invisibile Kid II- The second Legionnaire to turn invisible.  Somehow fandom forgot to riot when Kid II arrived and had dark skin.

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Sensor Girl- a mysterious member who had total control over the senses (whatever that meant?).  At the time, some members were sad that she was actually the recently-deceased Supergirl.  I’d be sad too if Supergirl was dead (Supergirl got better).

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The White Witch- A real, spell-casting witch that is also albino? very white? limited color palette?  This was the first time I had made the character and I had a lot of fun.  Clay is to heavy for robes and long hair, so I used a good deal of sheet styrene for the figure.  Her skin is a very pale shade of pink to provide some contrast.

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Polar Boy-  In the You-can’t-make-this-up Department, there were some superheroes WHO WEREN’T HERO-Y ENOUGH TO JOIN the Legion.  Undaunted, Polar Boy formed THE LEGION OF SUBSTITUTE HEROES.  These less-than-stellar applicants first formed in 1963 and continued to make appearances for forty years.  Eventually, Polar Boy joined the big leagues.  I love the Substitute Heroes.  Someone needs to give me a wagon of money to build all of them.

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I had a great time making these.  There’s actually a fifth member Martin requested, but he’s so special he merits his own post in January.

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Thank you again for all of the years of your support, Martin.  I hope you enjoy them!

Catch up with our Christmas Count-down:

Day 12 is here.

Day 11 is here.

Day 10 is here.

Day  9 is here.

Day 8 is here.

Day 7 is here.

Day 6 is here.

Day 5 is here.

Day 4 is here.

Day 3 is here.

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Count-down to Christmas Day 4: The Inferior four-out-of-five

WOW- the holiday came with some major illnesses for Mr. 12 and me.  There is finally a light at the end of the mucus tunnel and we can resume the gift-sending!

Once upon a time, comic books were funny.

On purpose.

The Inferior five was DC Comic’s shot at a funny superhero comic book.  The five were the (inept) children of the superheroes of times past…

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Unfortunately, that’s about all I know.  I’ve never read the Inferior five, they have never been reprinted, and they’re not particularly accessible on the internet.  All I know is that Paul had been given a previous gift figure of Dumb Bunny and that he wanted me to make the remaining four figures.  I usually wouldn’t say yes to a project like this because a) there are so few (and inconsistent) costume reference pictures and b) I don’t like doing partial projects, but Paul has been a great guy for previous projects (I think I’ve made him the entire Fawcett comic line-up from the Forties) and this was a real challenge.

So, without further ado…

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I had the most fun building these oddities and they were definitely challenging.  Paul had asked for a Disney character’s head to be used for Merry Man, but it was too large.  I had to use a size-reducing resin to get it to fit properly, and then make glasses out of clear plastic.  The Blimp was a figure from a Pixar movie.  Awkward Man’s facial expression of … confusion was a lot of effort on the eyes, balancing a realistic figure sculpt with a more cartoony head.  In many cases, I took a “majority rules” approach to costumes.  If the artist couldn’t figure it out, neither could I!

Enjoy!

Catch up with our Christmas Count-down:

Day 12 is here.

Day 11 is here.

Day 10 is here.

Day  9 is here.

Day 8 is here.

Day 7 is here.

Day 6 is here.

Day 5 is here.

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