80s X-Men as Drawn by E.C. Segar

I’m not sure why I got going on this particular tangent, but here’s a drawing of the early 80s X-Men (I used the lineup from the 1982  X-Men/Teen Titans crossover) done in the “bigfoot” style common to newspaper strips in the 1920s/30s. I used E.C. Segar’s Thimble Theater characters as my models here. In reverse order here it is–first the final colored drawing, below that the inks, and below that the pencil drawing from my sketchbook:

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The original art for this is for sale here.


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  1. Isaac says:

    That is freaking hilarious.

  2. Andy Mansell says:

    “I loves ya, Dark Olive”
    “And I, youse, Scott–I mean Popeye”

    Great stuff Ben!!

  3. Ben says:

    @Isaac @Andy – Thanks!

    Looking at this now, I should probably have fixed Prof. X’s slightly caved-in head and should maybe rotate the whole thing slightly clockwise…

    I haven’t done a mini in forever. Maybe a “bigfoot” X-Men fanfic mini is in order. Thimble Theater and the Claremont/Byrne X-Men have some common elements: ensemble cast + adventure story w/ soap opera elements.

  4. vollsticks says:

    Really lovely, Ben! Great stuff.

  5. xmen characters says:

    LOL! That’s amazingly funny :D

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