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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Argentinian Super Powers Album

F.O.A.M.er Carlos Mucha sent me this scan of an Argentinian Super Powers sticker album, featuring a collage of the various Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Praise Be His Name) stock art poses--including, of course, Aquaman.

Hey, wait a minute--let's look at the Sea King a little closer:

Hmm, looks to me as if someone took JLGL's Aquaman shot and re-drew it, or traced over it at least. The pose is there, the ink lines are pretty much the same, but the head and arms are definitely different. All the other heroes and villains are clearly the work of JLGL, and him alone, but Aquaman isn't. What the?

To muddy the waters (sorry) even more, here's a similar shot of Aquaman from the classic figure packaging, using the same pose you see at left, except this time it's all JLGL:

...or is it? Now that I look at Arthur's right hand, I can see a slight stylistic difference than in the rest of the figure. Was JLGL's stock art changed at some point down the line to work in the figure's trident accessory? Any Super Powers fans want to shed some light on this? Or do I just need some sleep?

Thanks for the mystery Carlos!


Earth 2 Chris said...

I think the style guide art was modified as needed by Kenner. Not sure who did the modifying though.


JasonMotesBowles said...

Um, am I the only one who noticed that Wonder Woman is nearly topless!