Original Art Stories: The 1973 F.O.O.M Art Contest
When I finally sat down to read them there were several delights in store. In a way I'm glad I reached a certain age before I began to read them as I could appreciate them more, and find the nuances that Steranko, and later, Tony Isabella and others, all placed into the magazine. One of my favourite parts though would have to be the art contest of 1973. Announced in the first issue, the contest called for anyone and everyone to send in their own creations, either hero or villain, which would then be used in a Marvel comic. But not just any comic, the new character would feature in the (then) upcoming relaunch of the Uncanny X-Men! To put things into perspective, at the time the X-Men weren't as attractive as, say, The Avengers, but hey - it was a Marvel comic.
Until 2001 when the Humus Sapiens finally popped up in issue #55 of Thunderbolts. I guess twenty eight years isn't that long to wait.
What surprised me were some of the losers in the contest. I'm pretty sure that the Michael Barreiro who created Humus is the same Mike Barreiro who had a short career as an inker, mainly at DC comics, in the early 1990s. Mike, if you're out there, then drop me a line!!
Steve Rude. If you need me to explain who Steve Rude is then you need some assistance, but Rude = Nexus amongst others. The Dude is one of the finest artists out there and his paintings are to die for.
Trevor Von Eeden, the same Von Eeden who would create one of the most unique visions that has ever graced Batman, co-created Black Lightning and drew the amazing Thriller mini-series.
I'll leave the last word to none other than Fred Hembeck, who explained, in the early 1980s, what happened to Humus Sapiens. Click it to read it - you'll love it.
Over to you Fred!