“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Friday, March 23, 2007

(HORROR SUBJECT) + A_commissions



Did you know that back in the day, whenever publishers wanted to do something that had anything to do with the occult or horror genres, they'd turn the main protagonists/antagonists into a buxom babe type, take any of the multiple colloquialisms for the devil's name and add the letter 'A' at the end of them? Like these two images for example - Marvel's 'Satanna' and Ediperiodici's 'Lucifera'. I mean, seriously - had they run out of things to call the villainesses or was it just simpler to make their names and purpose *that* on the nose? I'm betting that wasn't the point at all. Based on the referrence material I got for these two, it was all about the T&A and less about being 'Satan's Daughter'. What's the difference between the two, you ask? Well...one's published by Marvel and the other's...not.

And here's what Wikipedia has on Lucifera:

'Lucifera' is the eponymous anti-heroine of an Italian comic book popular in the seventies.

The 'Lucifera' character is a demoness/succubus dedicated to fighting the forces of Goodness. A frequent visitor to Hell, she also enjoys sending others there to be tormented. Her adventures are full of quite explicit, if humorous, eroticism and in one memorable scene she is shown fellating the devil himself. Other storylines involve Sado-Masochism, executions, impalement and even molestation by a giant spider.

On the surface world she seems to inhabit a mythical and very violent Europe from the Middle Ages - populated by wenches, knights and three-headed dragon dogs.

'Dragon-dogs', it says. The three-headed variety, no less. Very interesting, eh? What? You're too busy looking at blocked-out boobs to worry about the trivial facts about this now-defunct character? Too mesmerized by overtly sexual and erotic characters obviously aimed at the misguided hormones of young boys? Guess what? You're their target audience! Congrats, Mr. Hairy Palms!

13 comments:

oliver burn said...

amazing work line. Simple and cool!Very nice!

Tony Shasteen said...

Alright, I admit it. I've spent the better part of the day on this blog and all I can say is... you got a brand spankin' new fan right here!!

-Tony

Johnny B said...

Nice job on Satana- I always liked that character. Wish Warren Ellis had gotten the chance to write her like he was supposed to several years ago...

weshoyot said...

hahahahha! wow, such a very intriguing blog on what would otherwise be just some awesome (yet erotic) pin-up art....bravo!

Bill said...

These con pieces are just getting better and better! You are awesome sir!

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

thats hot! very clean work.

sedyas said...

Your line is is is... incredible. I LOVE your characters. Great work!

Brian said...

Even with a single figure no background piece like Satana, your composition and balance are amazing.

As for Lucifera, even with the black bar, that is one sexy piece, especially the way she is suggestively stradeling that finger.

COMIKXGUY said...

HEY! I REPRESENT THAT!

keison said...

OH MY GOD (O MIO DIO!!!) LUCIFERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, FROM NOW ON, YOU'RE MY FAVOURITE ARTIST IN THE WORLD!!!!!

@$$ said...

Oh look, it's Lady Death and Vampirella... with wierd new names?

Looking at this, I can't help but wonder what a hyper-sexual "Bad Girl" Ladytron comic would look like.

Antonio Santamaria said...

Wonderful art... strong... Eric, what was the price of these commissions?

Kimmychu said...

Heh. I once had a teacher called Lucifer. She was a wonderful, sweet person who ate live worms and lived in a house with her family and some human skulls.

But really, she was great.

Wonderful work as always!