As announced at last week’s Comic-Con International, Tom Scioli (American Barbarian, Godland, GI Joe vs. Transformers) will provide back-ups to the upcoming Young Animal series Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, featuring DC’s Super Powers comics and toy line. Today Scioli shared a piece of artwork — and its creative process — on his blog.
If you aren’t familiar with Super Powers, it was a licensed toy line created by Mattel back in the 1980s, featuring various DC super heroes — everyone from mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Robin to the more obscure Red Tornado, Dr. Fate and Orion. It also included characters from the Super Friends TV show, such as Samurai, as well as some characters created specifically for the line, like Golden Pharaoh and Cyclotron. To go along with the line of toys, DC created three different miniseries — the first two of which involved legendary creator Jack Kirby. The animated Super Friends show, a Saturday morning staple in the 1970s and 1980s, evolved into Super Powers as well. The line spurred a lot of other merchandise, from Underoos to Nerf wrist flyers to fast-food kid’s meal toys.
It’s been many years since the toys and comics were on store shelves, but they’ve always been popular with fans and collectors — and having Tom Scioli, who has worked wondrous magic on GI Joe vs. Transformers, produce new comics is a stroke of genius. Check out his artwork below