Tuesday, August 29, 2006


According to All The Rage, those longing for Spider-Man’s freewheeling days as a fun-loving bachelor may soon get their wish. All I can say is: be careful what you wish for. I don’t know if I trust this image*, necessarily. It could be from any number of other projects. I’ve seen speculation that it may be from Spider-Man: Reign. That sure does look like Steve McNiven’s art though. As much as I otherwise am enjoying the Civil War, I’m not going to be happy if Mary-Jane Watson Parker ends up a casualty.

Many see the Parker-Watson marriage as a huge liability to the Spider-Man character. They feel that Peter Parker should remain single, and perpetually youthful, with a young man’s life and problems. Marriage, to them, cuts off story potential, and eliminates the possibility of romantic subplots. It makes Spidey seem old.

But Peter did get married. I remember it well. In 1985-86, MJ had only just reappeared after many years absence, and she had recently confessed to knowing about Peter’s life as Spider-Man. They barely began to deal with the ramifications of that, when abruptly and with little fanfare, Peter and MJ were engaged to be married! As a fan, I was nonplussed. Apparently, the Comics were playing catch-up with the Godawful Spider-Man newspaper strip, which had just announced a wedding story! Comics are full of tail-wagging-the-dog moments, and this was one of the worst. Marvel scrambled to react, and the wedding story in ASM Annual #21 was a sloppy, rushed and disorganized affair, as was the fictional wedding.

Suddenly, Spider-Man was married.

He’s been married for almost twenty years now. To a lot of his fans, Spidey’s been married longer than they’ve been alive. In my opinion, it wasn’t Peter’s marriage that was the problem; it was Peter’s marriage to a supermodel. Peter was now married to a glamorous celebrity, and that’s where his “everyman” status truly fell by the wayside. Most Spidey writers didn’t know what to do with MJ, and usually resorted to clichéd stalker storylines. Since 1987, MJ has been victimized by three stalkers that I can remember, and I wasn’t even paying close attention. The celebrity problem has been mitigated in the last few years, as MJ’s supermodel career is over and she is currently appearing in off-Broadway productions. Or off-off-Broadway. As far as I’m concerned, that went a long way toward making the marriage viable.

So what’s broken today? I agree that the marriage was maybe not the best idea, but it’s been going for almost 20 years now. Whatever the original reason, it’s now a MAJOR part of Spider-Man canon. The nagging problem of MJ’s celebrity has now been corrected. Despite this, the powers-that-be still see the marriage as an albatross, and still seem to be determined to “do something” about it, even though Joe Q himself has admitted to having no idea as to what can be done. He’s said that a widower Spider-Man is not a viable option, but it sure as hell looks like we’re headed that way.

More to the point, what happens after they kill her? Peter isn’t going to suddenly revert to the carefree bachelor he once was, because his wife is dead. He’s a widower. He’s going to be one very depressing cat for a while, unless he gets over it quickly, in which case he’ll look like an uncaring creep. It’s a no-win situation. When he does get back into the singles scene, whom will he date? The romantic subplots had gotten very tedious by the time MJ returned in the mid-80’s, with Peter dating no-hopers like Marcy Kane and Deb Whitman. Can we look forward to more of that? More cipher characters introduced to supply false tension? There’s always the Black Cat, I guess, but that never went anywhere either.

Many fans and all too many pros think that Spider-Man is at his best when he’s broke, single, and plagued with problems. That’s fine, but they forget that time does move on in The Marvel Universe. If Peter were still single, still perpetually broke, still living in a crappy apartment with a cable spool for a table, he wouldn’t be more “identifiable”; he’d be a LOSER.**

The Spider-Man these fans long for can only be found in the past, in back issues released when you were 12 years old. There’s already a non-married Spider-Man for anyone who wants that. Young, broke, single Peter lives on in Ultimate Spider-Man. Over there, they’ve learned the lessons of history, and are aging their young Parker much, much more slowly. Marvel Adventures features done-in-one tales of “classic” Spider-Man. There’s a Spider-Man title for everyone, so again, what’s the problem?

For myself, I’m a longtime Spidey Fan. I started this crazy hobby/obsession with Spider-Man, and I’ll probably always be interested in what he’s doing, but I really, really would hate to see him be a widower. I think Marvel underestimates how important MJ has become. She’s been a major player in the movies, and has become the girl in Spidey’s life to the general public. Far from a liability, she is the one person Peter can count on in the insanity that is Spider-Man’s life. I have a loving, supportive wife, and I find it a bit insulting that there is no place in comics for such a person. Mary Jane apparently has no value as a character unless she and Peter are both “in play”.

I guess we’ll find out what Marvel has in mind soon enough. For all the complaining I hear about the marriage, these guys had better have some FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC romance plots cooked up to replace the marriage, if they’re going to end it. Otherwise, look for Spider-Man books to get a LOT more depressing in the near future.

* This makes me sad. :(

**Not that there’s anything wrong with a cable spool table! I had one once. Served me well, it did.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Comics’ Wackiest Crossovers: The Marvel Edition

As long as I’ve been reading Marvel Comics, and as many of them I’ve enjoyed, I’m well aware of Marvel's whorish side. In the ongoing quest for publicity, Marvel’s made a lot of crazy deals and picked up some disparate licenses over the years, and that’s led to some pretty strange team-ups for their heroes. Here are some of the weirdest team-ups in Marvel’s history:

Avengers #239 Found Wonder Man with a problem: His agent had booked him on Late Night With David Letterman, but had promised other Avengers as well. The Vision was a mellow disembodied floating head at the time, and happily offered Hawkeye, The Beast, and a handful of others to appear on the program. Writer Roger Stern did a good job of capturing Letterman's voice, and turned out a fun story.

Back in 1996, this kicked off a line of Star Trek comics from Marvel. An ill-advised combination of two great tastes that don’t go so great together, this story teamed the original Star Trek crew with the then current X-men lineup. So if the thought of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy interacting with Gambit, Bishop, and Wolverine really guns your engines, this is the comic for you. I’m reliably informed that there was a follow-up comic book teaming the X-men with Picard’s Enterprise that was concluded in one of the Star Trek prose novels. I’m sure that went over well.

Marv Wolfman must have been paid by the word, in this, the talkiest comic I own. Apparently, Stan Lee was quite impressed with key-bending psychic URI GELLER, because he tasked writer Wolfman with using Geller in Daredevil #133. This was the result. In the story, Geller's abilities were ramped up to the point that he was ensnaring his archenemy, Mind Wave with iron window bars using the power of his mind.

It started as a joke between Archie VP Victor Gorelick and Marvel EIC Tom DeFalco, but writer Batton Lash provided a script that offered a plausible story that actually worked, while staying true to the characters. To everyone’s surprise, it was actually pretty good.

I can only assume that writer/artist Allan Kupperberg had the worst kind of blackmail photos of EIC Jim Shooter. How else to explain this 1983 one-shot that showcased the CRAZY magazine mascot in pitched battle with the X-men?

I’m not sure how this ever came to be, but Marvel Team-Up #74 featured Peter Parker in the audience when Stan Lee hosts an episode of the then-new Saturday Night Live. “Hilarity” ensues when Spidey teams up with John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin, and all the rest to thwart the Silver Samurai, there to steal a mystic samurai sword accidentally sent to Belushi.

Tragically, I don’t have this anymore. As I recall, ALF is briefly drawn into Marvel's line-wide Evolutionary War crossover when the High Evolutionary visits to find out what kind of being ALF is.

This is Again With the Comics saying: Don’t get CROSS, just get OVER it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Character Obscura: Banger McCrusher

Banger McCrusher, Marvel's answer to the Composite Superman, was an alien mob boss who had the severe misfortune to get both clobbered and smashed by the Thing and the Hulk simultaneously in 1987's HULK/THING: The Big Change by Starlin and Wrightson. They should just change his name to "the THULK".

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

This Weeks Haul: August 23, 2006

I’ve been doing this for a few months now, so maybe it’s time I talked about my reviewing philosophy.

I don’t have one.

I know a lot of comic bloggers do weekly reviews, but I have to wonder if there’s any value in doing a full rundown of everything I buy. I certainly buy more comics than I mention here, but I’m not up to writing a laundry list every week. After twenty-plus years of buying these things, I buy what I like, and drop stuff I don’t like pretty quickly. Most of the time, I read a comic, I enjoy it, but I don’t have much to say about it. Does anyone want to see me say: “I liked this issue. It was good. The art was okay. I liked ______’s new costume.” twenty times a week? I didn’t think so.

I also don’t feel very comfortable bashing other people’s work. Sometimes a critical darling leaves me cold, but I can’t really articulate why. Other times I’ll read an online review of something I liked just fine, and the reviewer just rips it apart, finding flaws, plot holes and bad dialogue I never noticed. Maybe if I turned a more critical eye to these books, I’d enjoy them less. I notice that a lot of online reviewers don’t seem to enjoy comics much at all, and I think I’d rather avoid that.

No, what I intend to do here in This Weeks Haul is focus on the storylines, new plot developments, and the characters. Basically talk about all the best bits and share favorite scenes. My write-ups are by no means all-inclusive. I may only write about three comics, but I most likely brought home 10-15 books that week. If I recommend something, it’s for the simplest reason of all: I liked it. If I dislike a book, I may never mention it. I’ll just quit buying it.

On to the "reviews"

Justice League of America #1:
How many times has this book been restarted? Great lineup this time around, (except for Saint Hal – that guy annoys me). Always glad to see Vixen and Black Lightning. I never cared much about Red Tornado, but this may be the most attention I’ve seen him get. Not a bad start at all.

New Avengers #23:
Spider Woman running around in her underpants for a whole issue–what’s not to like? Seriously, I didn’t expect Jessica to take the side she did, but I’m glad to see all that triple-agent business wrapped up. And where the Hell is Nick Fury, anyway?

Savage Brothers #1
BOOM! Studios have been putting out some good books this last year, so I gave this a shot. It feels a little slight, but I’ll give it another couple of issues. I’m a sucker for Big Silent Guy / Skinny Chatterbox Guy comedy duos, so it gets some leeway there, too.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The existential horror of Insect Queen: Superboy #124

In The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa finds himself living a nightmare, as he is inexplicably transformed into a giant cockroach. His sister and parents grudgingly try to accommodate him, but eventually cast him out to die alone in an empty room. Luckily, Franz Kafka didn’t write Superboy #124, or Lana Lang, a.k.a the Insect Queen would have had a much gloomier debut.

Poor insect Queen. Lana Lang Finally gets her own super powers, and she gets the ability to undergo horrific disgusting transformations into abominable human/insect hybrids. And no one seems especially disturbed by this.

She got her magic ring from a benevolent alien that she rescued while on a nature walk. Alien ships, magic artifacts, multiple hues of Kryptonite, robots…You name it, it showered from the sky back in the silver age. Here's the little fellow now:

Aw, what a cute l’il pink pal! He’s all like: “Here ya go kid, enjoy the freakish disfigurement!” Run Lana! He’s about to saddle you with crap powers! Superboy will be repulsed! Stupid Aliens.

As Insect Queen, Lana has the power to take on the attributes of any insect. Unfortunately, this also involves a great deal of time spent with a bee thorax where your legs should be. For someone who’s so concerned with Superboy’s opinion of her, she seems unconcerned about him seeing her. It was only by virtue of his powers of Super Politeness, that he avoided vomiting at the sight:

It’s a well-documented scientific fact that insects are icky. It only stands to reason that giant insects are that much ickier. Poor Lana has the worst powers in all the Superman Family. Most of Superman’s friends gained superpowers at one time or another. Jimmy Olsen was Elastic Lad, Perry White got powers about once a year, Lois Lane never had a steady super-heroic alter ego, but she got to be a succession of “Power Girls” and “Might Maids” – with superpowers equivalent to but weaker than Superman’s. Playing by the rules at the time, Lana got screwed. Lana could turn into bugs. Shades of Charlie “I got a rock.” Brown.

Insect Queen returned a few times, but eventually drifted out of continuity. Lana seems blasé throughout this story, happy enough with a pretty crappy power set. Unlike our friend, Mister Samsa, Lana Lang endured her personal Metamorphosis.

"Professor Papp’s trembling became violent. His bladder went slack, and a dark stain spread across the front of his trousers. He was beyond caring. The sight of the sinuous, clicking, multi-limbed horror before him had shattered his mind. He began to scream..."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Character Obscura: The Word

Here's another oddball entry in the DC Comics Encyclopedia: I don't know if The Word ever appeared in an actual story, but he looks like he'd be right at home with the Doom Patrol.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Again With the Mindless Ones: Nextwave #7

Meanwhile, nextWAVE: Agents of H.A.T.E. #7 delivers the goods. The Mindless Ones are unleashed on an unsuspecting town an issue earlier than I expected, making this issue a special treat for yours truly. A seedy outdoor toilet conceals foul doings between an agent of the Beyond Corporation and a lesser demon:

Rorkannu unleashes The Mindless Ones on the City of Shotcreek, CO and Nextwave leaps into action. There’s Blasting:

And kicking:

Even some skateboarding:

And we get confirmation of something I’ve known for a while now:

Monica is a BAD ASS.
Buy this book while you’re waiting for Civil War.


So Marvel has announced that their Civil War series is going to be delayed by several months. I am shocked – SHOCKED I tell you – to find gambling in this establishment! High profile comics are delayed all the time, but this case is noteworthy due to the ripple affect, as CW is key to storylines in most of Marvel’s core titles, so those will also be held back. Expect even more delays for more titles in the months to come. Predictably, howls of outrage are the order of the day on the interthingy.

Retailers are going to be hit hardest, as Brian Hibbs explains, but really, why is anyone surprised? I enjoy Mark Millar’s writing, but come on: he is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS late. Chalk it up to perfectionism, slacking, his chronic illness (which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, let alone a writer I like) or his practice of only working with comics’ slowest artists – whatever the case, Millar comics ALWAYS fall behind schedule.* Why the Hell Marvel didn’t notice this and plan accordingly is beyond my comprehension. I know everyone was excited by this new story, and were all rarin' to go, but somebody really should have been pulling on the reins.

The retailers…well, the retailers are screwed, but the worst thing that happens to us rank and file fans is Delayed Gratification. I can live with that. I won’t even pretend to be so upset that I’m going to “boycott Marvel” or whatever. Of course I’ll be back for CW#4, then 5-7 whenever they get around to releasing those. If I was going to quit comics over lateness, I would’ve done so in 1985, when it took over a year to get the last couple of issues of Camelot 3000.

Fans like myself will ultimately, grudgingly, accept delays, and protestations to the contrary ring hollow. No, the lost sales are going to come from new and lapsed readers, who will be disinclined to return to the comic shop when told “Sorry, #4 isn’t out yet.” For the 3rd time in as many months. That’s a major outreach opportunity squandered. But all is not lost! You see, you don’t have to go through a two-month drought of new comics! There are actually other companies that publish comics too! Try something different while you’re waiting for Civil War. Here are some suggestions:

Hero Squared: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis deliver the funny, with art by rapidly improving newcomer Joe Abraham.

Fallen Angel: Peter David’s supernatural horror story continues at IDW. I’ve been following it since the says when DC published it, and I think it’s improved since its migration.

Gødland: Joe Casey and Tom Scioli are cooking up a mind-blowing stew of Kirby, cosmic, and psychedelia that’s not to be missed!

True Story, Swear To God: Tom Beland’s funny and endearing autobiographical comic is relaunching at Image next month, but he has 17 issues in the can from his previous run, and two trade paperbacks from AIT-Planetlar.

Invincible: Robert Kirkman’s original teen superhero offers plenty of action, twists, and starling reveals. With 7 trade paperbacks extant, there's plenty of Invincible goodness to be had, even if the newest issue is late!

And there’s more, more, more! Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Drawn and Quarterly, BOOM! Studios, Image, IDW, Devil Due, and a legion of other small publishers offer a stunning array of books for different tastes! VIZ, Tokyopop, Antarctic Press and others offer a ton of Manga, if that’s your thing. Check out Previews this month and order something different to fill the Civil-War shaped hole in your life. The talent will thank you, your retailer will thank you, and Again With the Comics thanks you.

*To be fair, I think his recent run on Ultimate Fantastic Four was punctual. If there were delays, I didn’t notice.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

In My Lifetime by Tony Fleecs

Our friends at Bargain Comics had a signing today. Tony Fleecs, creator of the autobiographical IN MY LIFETIME stopped by to catch up with old friends and sign copies of his book. We were Wednesday regulars at Bargain way back when, and it was great seeing him again.
IML consists of four short stories involving a lost bird, a naked lady, comics, Tony's Mom, and cancer(but it's not a downer!) . I thought it was the cat's pajamas. Even Warren Ellis likes In My Lifetime...and he hates everything! Plus, Tony drew me a MODOK!

Order In My Lifetime here.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Maundering Madness of Doctor Mayavale: Legion of Superheroes #268

Aren’t you overcome with emotion at the very sight of … DOCTOR MAYAVALE?!

Doctor Mayavale made his first and only appearance in Legion of Super-Heroes #268. This is one of the wackiest Legion stories I’ve ever seen. Keep in mind, that includes stories involving the Planetary Chance Machine, Sir Prize And Miss Terious, The Bizarro Legion, Lester Spiffany, The Legion of Super Pets, and the Super Moby Dick of Space. So that’s pretty damn wacky.

J. M. DeMatteis and Steve Ditko are the creative team on this issue, and honestly: has any other comic ever been so egregiously mismatched with a creative team? DeMatteis is at his far-out-new-ageyist, and Ditko's competent, but very-old-school art style was never a good fit for the futuristic Legion. Let’s take a look at the setup here:

Click images to embiggen.

I love how this “phoenix from the ashes”, this “shining beacon of hope” for the 30th Century, the new Legion of Super-Heroes headquarters is…actually smaller than the text box describing it! It looks way more primitive and crappier than, say, the Justice League’s headquarters, and that’s a whole ONE THOUSAND years earlier. Stupid cheap Ditko future.

Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad are wandering around the new headquarters, yapping about how great everything ‘s been since Earthwar ended, when Cosmic Boy chimes in via hologram, to report his team’s activities. Cosmic Boy describes an adventure shared by Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid, and Dream Girl. The newer comic reader might well say at this point: Hey! Howcum they hadda innerdouce them other three fucks if they ain’t even inna story?!?" That, my malodorous friend, is pre-decompression comic book storytelling which mandated the inclusion of at least twelve completely unrelated footnotes, obscure references to previous adventures, and references to absent, irrelevant characters. And unnecessary framing sequences during fill-ins.
So now we get to the real stars of the story: Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid, and Dream Girl. This opening sequence stars with Val and Cham just chillin:

Damn you, Fonzie Lad. Damn you to Hell.

There are tons of ellipses and wacky “futuristic’ words in this issue, and this scene just scratches the surface. You see, it’s so futuristic in the 30th century than they name things “Vxxniaraid”, “Klordny”, “Moopsball” and “Wvetghhyihclux”. It seems to me that marketing would change a lot in 1000 years, but I imagine they would still want their product’s name to be, y’know, pronounceable by humans. But maybe that’s just me.

The two pals are roused by Dream Girl’s cries, and run to find her awakened from a prophetic dream:

Why that’s hentai-riffic! Maybe Ditko was having a flashback to his days sharing a studio with Eric Stanton. The Legionnaires assemble on the bridge to find a genuine Star-Trek–esque cosmic anomaly:

The team goes to investigate. Since the Legionnaires are all futuristic, they of course have fantastically advanced space wear:

Stupid, STUPID Ditko future!

They board the cosmic A-Train, and are whisked away at seemingly impossible speeds! Eventually they reach a strange planet strewn with artifacts from “bits and pieces of every culture, every time period” I’m sure it will be awe-inspiring:

DAMN IT, DITKO! (sigh)
Anyway, this leads to the Big Pay Off: The introduction of the greatest villain in All Legion History, the most awesome thing IN THE HISTORY OF AWESOMENESS:

I don’t know about you, but my mind is officially blown.

Now this cat is simultaneously stylin’ and profilin’! I think the yo-yo just seals the deal. Doctor Mayavale explains that he began as an Acolyte in the divine search for Ultimate Reality in the temple of the soul, but inhaled mystic vapors that flooded him with fifty-thousand lifetimes of experiences all at once. As a result, he is fucking bonkers, and has now decided that Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid, and Dream Girl are all the reincarnated souls of people who have wronged him in past lives! So he traps ‘em, gasses ‘em, and:

A. FULL. HOUR. Laughing for a whole hour isn’t easy – try it sometime. The man’s got dedication, and you have to admire that. Mayavale then puts the three Legionnaires through a series of past lives scenarios:

Doctor Mayavale once came to my door, and he was all like: “I was once Abraham Lincoln, and you were John Wilkes Booth, and you shot me!” And I was like: “No way, dude! That dude moved away! My name is Hector Alvarez!” He totally bought it.

The cowboys, romans, and gunsels turn out to be robots, and the Legionnaires prevail through ingenuity and willpower, but Mayavale gets away, promising to return. It was a promise that goes, to this day, tragically unfulfilled. Cosmic boy wraps up the report thusly:

I’m gonna go with the “TOTALLY INSANE” option there, crazy space eyed Cosmic Boy.
Doctor Mayavale raises some very troubling existential questions in this story: Who are we? Have our lives any meaning? What the Hell is J.M. DeMatteis smoking?

Obviously, Doctor Mayavale is AWESOME, and I can’t imagine how it is that Grant Morrison hasn’t brought him back yet. Clearly, now more than ever, the world needs Doctor Mayavale. Maybe in the next life, we will be worthy of his wisdom and love.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Who's Afraid of Mr. MODOK?

My good friend and Bargain Comics retail lackey, Michael Coco II, asked me if MODOK and Me was my work, or something I got off the internet. He used the telephone, because he is old-fashioned, and computers frighten him. My answer was: This was my first shot at working with the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) software, and I think it turned out okay. Based on Archie and Me #12 and MODOK.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

This Weeks Haul: August 9, 2006

SPOILER WARNING: I’m going to discuss events in this weeks comics, specifically
BEYOND! #2, Superman #655, She Hulk #10, and Front Line: Civil War #5. If you don’t wanna be SPOILED, read those first, then come back.

Sincerely – Spoily McSpoiler III

BEYOND! #2: I've raved about this already. In this issue: Medusa doles out some retribution, my favorite Hank Pym persona in making-little-things-big "action", the whole gang gets a hairball, respect for the dead, and a couple of surprise guest appearances. Dwayne McDuffie is fast becoming a favorite, delivering a briskly-paced series of solid character moments with not a scene wasted.

I also enjoyed Superman #655, where we catch up with Lana Lang and Supes gets to throw down with an ugly new menace. I especially like the way Busiek has upgraded Superman's powers in an unexpected way that seems brand new, but hearkens back to the Silver Age:

LOVE. IT. Batman's gonna be so jealous...

She Hulk #10. Kudos to Dan Slott for keeping this book fun while all the Civil War is raging around it. Plus, Ruby Thursday's in it:

Yes, Ruby, thats exactly what I mean. Ruby's a member of the HEADMEN, another Again With the Comics favorite. (Surprise, surprise).
This issue also debuts Rick Burchett as the new penciller, and I really like what I see. Burchett's been around awhile now, formerly on DC's Batman Animated comic, and I like how his style has evolved here. Kind of reminds me of Shulkie's second penciller, Mike Vosburg. There's fun in this issue, but things are getting heavy, and several hearts are going to break before this "Starfox-slips-Space-Roofies-to-everyone-in-the-cast" storyline is over. I dread what's coming for poor Awesome Andy.

Front Line: Civil War #5: Most of the issue was fine, but that last story was just painfully misguided. Please, comics, don't try this sort of thing. Why, yes, brother versus brother in a heartbreaking struggle to define the future of America is exactly like Spidey and Shellhead socking it out with Captain Bright Red Telephone Head!! Ech.

Later, squares.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The MODOK Gallery of Fine Art

Fine art can elevate the human spirit and inspire the heart. Art with MODOK in it can only be better. Everything is better with MODOK.

The Garden of MODOK Delights by Steve Mannion

MODOK vs IRON MAN by Bruce Timm

FRODOK by "Richie"

MODOK of MARS by Bob McLeod

Baby MODOK by Vincent Blanco

The MODOK ashtray by "JDM"

All MODOK art was found at The Comic Art Fans Gallery.