Some people wear their influences on their sleeve, while others absorb it into their own style and, from time to time, shout it from the rooftops.
Jim Rugg is doing the latter in a stunning pin-up he created for the recent Extreme Comics fanzine Rub The Blood. Extreme is the brainchild of Rob Liefeld, whose divisive style earned him legions of fans, including it seems Rugg.
Rugg’s choices for which characters to display from Liefeld’s ouvre runs the gamut from his Marvel co-creation Cable to his creator-owned work like Youngblood‘s Chapel (done in a style reminiscent of Jae Lee’s take on the character) and solo stars Prophet, Bloodstrike: Assassin and Bloodwulf.
“I thought about turning it into a one-shot pitch along the lines of Grant Morrison’s Doom Force re-interpreted by Quentin Tarantino … a lot of shell casings, veins, and testosterone (plus Fourplay!),” Rugg said in a post on his Flickr page.
His love for Liefeld’s creations and early 90s Image Comics runs deep, as he goes on to list seven recommendations:
– Cybernary art by Nick Manabat, written by Steve Gerber (Deathblow 1-4 backup story)
– Prophet volume 1, number 5 (Stephen Platt’s first issue, pencils and inks by Platt)
– Youngblood Strikefile 1 – 3 (Jae Lee’s Chapel story is out of control and features exceptional coloring by Steve Oliff)
– Spawn #9 by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane
– Dragon: Blood & Guts by Jason Pearson
– Superpatriot volume 1 art by Dave Johnson
– Honorable mention: Darker Image (Liefeld inking himself on a Lobo-inspired story), Larsen’s Savage Dragon, Maxx, and Pitt.