Friday, August 26, 2016

Tom Mandrake - Firestorm

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Tom Mandrake is a comic book artist, who regularly collaborates with writer John Ostrander. Together they have worked on Grimjack (First Comics), Firestorm, the Spectre and Martian Manhunter (DC Comics) and are currently funding Kros: Hallowed Ground through Indiegogo, the story of Vampire Hunter Major Kros who wages war against Vampires at the Battle of Gettysburg...

Mandrake has worked on titles for DC Comics including Sgt. Rock, New Mutants, Batman, Mister Terrific, Justice League of America, Suicide Squad, Weird War Tales and many other titles...

For Marvel Comics, Mandrake worked on Exiles, GI joe, Star Wars, Punisher, Thor, X-Men and others...

The character of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man, was first created Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom in 1978. The character was created when a high school student and a Nobel-Prize winning physicist were caught in a nuclear accident, fusing them into Firestorm.. In 1986 Ostrander took over the duties of writing the series, changing the character into and Tom Mandrake would create a new look to match the change...

The Enrico Fermi first day cover was chosen for this sketch, because Fermi is created with the world's first nuclear reactor the Chicago Pile-1. He is known as the architect of the nuclear age, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity..



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