Strength Monsters is proud to announce we have officailly added Marvel Comics veteran Mike Witherby to our bullpen of artists.
Mike has been assigned to illustrate our Christmas issue Strength Monsters in "Christmas Tree Delivery" which has been two years in the making and is finally due to come out this December. If you remember Lobo’s Paramilitary Christmas Special from the Early 1990s you will love Strength Monsters in Christmas Tree Delivery.
Witherby entered comics professionally in the late 1980s penciling Silver Hawks for Marvel (his cover pictured left). Later he would work on Ghost Rider, Punisher War Journal and he is probably best known for his 1990s run on Morbius. Stay tuned as we will be posting a three part interview with Mike Witherby about his comic book career, what it was like working for Marvel during the 90s, his artistic process and more.
Don’t worry original Strength Monsters artist AJ Fulcher is not being replaced. His next Strength Monsters book Ultra Mayhem will be coming out soon. Beyond Ultra-Mayhem you will continue to see his work here on future books.
We are proud to report the inaugural issue of our comic book Strength Monster joined the ranks of all great literature and has been banned in elementary schools. Here is the story.
An eight year old little girl whose father had worked on Strength Monsters brought a copy of it to school to show her friends. A teacher saw the comic book and asked to look at it. After viewing the contents inside it was confiscated and not returned. After school with the book still not returned to the child and the parents confronted the teacher to ask why this little girl's property was seized. The teacher replied that the book contained inappropriate material for children.
What is inappropriate about Strength Monsters? The teacher sited this panel in particular stating the position and size of the woman's bikini just barely large enough to cover her nipples is inappropriate.
We asked Strength Monsters creator, inker and writer Sam Kressin if he would be willing to give any statement or comment about the recent ban of his comic book here is what he had to say;
"Yes I am well aware of the size and placement of the woman's bikini in Strength Monsters a comic book I stand by and am still proud of to this day. While I could have made the bathing suit fit her like any normal bathing suit would, I chose not do that because it wouldn't have been funny! Also perhaps if one is actually able to think deeper about things I am making a commentary on Pro-Wrestling Divas and Ring Girls. Furthermore as a parent of three children let it be known to all kindreds, tongues and people of all lands cultures and creeds that I have no issue whatsoever with my own children consuming or viewing any of the materials I have created and that goes for all of my NUDE life drawings as well.”
Here are several background items I had to pencil for our forthcoming comic book, "Strength Monsters in Ultra-Mayhem." When it comes to doing backgrounds it's always better to take the time and find your horizon line vanishing points and so forth. Making sure your perspective is correct will make the difference between and amature looking book professional.