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Question Everything
Steve Ditko is an enigma. The fact that he retreated from the spotlight the way he did all but ensured that he wouldn't be forgotten, but he wouldn't know about the accolades he got alongside his fellow Marvel Age pioneers. Certainly Jack Kirby was far more prolific and creative, Romita Sr. more technically proficient, Buscema more action-oriented, but there was always something readily identifiable with Ditko's stuff that like his successors you could point to and pinpoint as being uniquely his, whether it was Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, or his excursions to DC Comics where he hand a hand in creating Hawk and Dove along with the Creeper, or over at Charlton where he created the second Blue Beetle Ted Kord and one of his more personal creations, the Question, who espoused many of the objectivist beliefs that Ditko himself relied upon throughout his life (this is admittedly something I know nothing about, I hear there's a lot of controversy surrounding it, so if anyone wants to educate me on the subject, I'm all ears!)

His death on June 29 at the long-lived age of 90 does seem kind of sad: he was found alone in his apartment unresponsive, and for all we know, the man never married or had children, and may not have even been close to whatever surviving members of his family there are. It was just the course of his life, sadly enough, to be removed from it all and letting his work alone speak for itself instead of the man. So when he died, I knew that I wanted to do something devoted to the Question. I hadn't used the character in a long, long time so I had this idea that it would be like a traditional classic "Ditko" style opening, where he would step out from the gas/smoke/fog. And it came out really well, kind of understated in a way that ties it ever closer to Ditko and his art style. 

While not my most favorite of Marvel artists (that would either be Romita or Buscema), I always appreciated the weird, idiosyncratic style that Ditko applied to his work.
I Started A Joke...
When I saw the teaser/make up test for Joaquin Phoenix's take on the Joker, the fallout was the inspiration for this shot. While very little is known about what his Joker movie will be (will it be an origin? an alternate retelling of a well-worn lie?), the bits that have been shown of Phoenix in the clown makeup show him going old school in the colors and with a variation on the makeup that his predecessors made famous.

Basically with this one (and a return to Batman photos for me after a long absence from the character) is I wanted to establish a kind of insanity in both Batman and Joker's obsessions, that somehow the Joker is always running through his mind just as much as he is running through Bruce's mind. 
The Road of Kings
Conan the Barbarian will always occupy a special place to me, not just because of a deep love for the stories or the movies, but because that figure from Toybiz/Marvel Toys was one of the first shots I ever took that I actually considered "good". But now that I have actually immersed myself in Robert E. Howard's world a lot more, having only known the pastiches from Robert Jordan and the 1982 film and the cartoons, I felt like I could understand the Cimmerian a little better to devote a really good shot evoking the poetry of Howard's Hyborian world, as well as that "dark, sullen-eyed" characterization that most pastiches seemed hesitant to underline in favor of making Conan far more heroic than he actually was (he's an ass and a bastard, but certainly an enjoyable one when written by Howard). 

Conan's story, from soldier to thief, to reaver to pirate, to mercenary to ranger and finally king of Aquilonia is a unique road that didn't follow a linear path when penned by Howard. The gaps filled in by de Camp, Carter, John Maddox Roberts, Jordan, and others have it in common that no matter what scenario Conan found himself in, he always lived in the moment and went with whatever the circumstances were. Case in point, once again to Howard, for "Queen of the Black Coast" where Conan jumps aboard a merchant vessel escaping guards and soon finds himself facing off against the pirate queen Belit when she attacks his ship...only to join forces as Belit's lover and pirate king! It also helps that in reading the original Howard stories, with no direct chronology, that one can see how Conan lived in the moment (that's not entirely accurate, as the most definite points of Conan's long career are his beginning as a thief and his end as king of Aquilonia, with all the other gaps as a pirate, mercenary, border chieftain, filled in by both Howard and others).

I would've loved it if Toybiz/Marvel Toys had done more figures based on the Conan comic universe. I don't know if this has changed since Marvel regained the rights back from Dark Horse sometime last year, but I would love to have some more Conan characters. Like the Punisher, Conan didn't have too many recurring villains, especially as envisioned in the original 1932-36 cycle by Howard. Under others, we got more adventures with Belit that are bridged between the first two parts of "Queen of the Black Coast" and even Roy Thomas did about sixty issues in the 1970s expanding on the time Conan and Belit were a pair. Thoth-Amon, who only ever has one on-screen appearance in Howard's stories, was a recurring villain for Ace/Lancer books and Marvel Comics. Even then, a toy line with Belit, Thoth-Amon, Yasmela ("The People of the Black Circle"), Khemsa, Valeria, and monsters like Thog/Thaug would help build a kind of universe that the sullen, dark-eyed Cimmerian is at the moment alone in.
The Three Doctors
There's a bit of irony in that 1985's multi-Doctor story "The Two Doctors" was the first time that any multi-Doctor story lived up to its number of involved Doctors. 1983's "The Five Doctors" famously only featured three Doctors portrayed by their original actors onscreen (William Hartnell having died in 1975, with charactor actor Richard Hurndall standing in as the First Doctor in the story; Tom Baker bowed out at the last minute to be replaced by extracted footage from the aborted "Shada" and a wax dummy for publicity images), and then every other multi-Doctor story after this one dropped the numbering and went with a standard, standalaone title.

1972-73's anniversary serial "The Three Doctors" started this: Hartnell, in the last stages of his ill health, wasn't able to participate to a large degree of filming. As such, much of his action as the First Doctor is relegated to appearing on a viewscreen to give advice to his successors and appearing in various publicity photos. This probably benefited Patrick Troughton, as the loss of Hartnell meant that a lot of the action got shifted to him, and it really shows that Troughton hadn't missed a single beat since leaving the program. There's an anecdote that Pertwee, who later beame very close with Troughton in later years, was terrified however of Troughton's talents and ability to improvise and ad-lib on the set, which irritated the incumbent Doctor. The end result does show a fantastic interplay between the two actors, that it's such a shame Troughton passed away in 1987; it's fair to say that they might have made fan productions together showcasing the adventures of their two incarnations.

The serial itself though? It's a nice little romp. Reuniting the members of UNIT with Troughton (oh the sheer joy of Benton when he sees "his" Doctor again) as well as Jo's wordplay with the Second Doctor explaining how he and his successor are the same Time Lord (throwing in a bit of Beatles-speak to boot...when you watch a lot of Doctor Who, it becomes pretty apparent that there were a LOT of references to the Beatles even as far back as the earliest stories in the 1960s), along with the Third Doctor doing his usual action man, science stuff, with Pertwee getting in a lot of his calm and calculating assurances that were so intrinstic to his incarnation. It's a nice bonus that, with this serial, for all intents and purposes it was the most complete appearance of Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in the BBC Archives (I believe "The Dominators" has that distinction, although two different film recordings exist for it) until the retrieval of other long-lost episodes from the archives. along with it being his first in glorious technicolor.

Pertwee himself is wonderful as always. I honestly don't think there was a terrible performance from him as the Doctor in this period. Some dud stories, yeah...each Doctor has a few misses alongside hits. But Pertwee's acting wasn't by the numbers, he always found new ways to mine the depths of his Doctor. Patriarchal and anarchic, yet at the same time willing to respect long as that respect was returned  (which is one reason why he wasn't above blasting the Brigadier and others for being too militaristic minded, but did chastise Jo for not showing the Brig the proper respect due his rank). And what there is of Hartnell is a nice reminder of why the First Doctor was beloved to those 1st generation fans. There's still a bit of magic to him, some whimsy. I don't know how hard it was for Hartnell to find the character again after so many years away, but he slips into it quite effortlessly enough...even though he had to read his lines from cue cards, I've heard.

Today, the story is harmless and inoffensive, and isn't really the most impressive of Doctor Who tales. Still a good one, in my opinion, and quite important for two reasons: the soft "reboot" it offered, and the introduction of the Time Lord Omega. That soft "reboot" is kind of a loose term since nothing really changed, except that at the story's conclusion the Doctor sees his multi-season exile on Earth lifted and his knowledge of time travel restored to him. From this point in Season 10 onward, the Doctor would be traveling far and wide across time and space. This meant that his ties to Earth were slowly falling away, even though the Doctor returned to his home at UNIT by the story's end, and as such UNIT ties began appearing far less often as Season 10 went on into Season 11, disappearing completely by the time Tom Baker took over the reins from Pertwee. 

With Omega, we have the first building blocks of Time Lord politics and history shoved to the front. I often find it amazing that the writers would find new and interesting ways of creating that mythos, which would have culminated in Marc Platt's "Lungbarrow" if that had been filmed as part of Season 27. Omega's big reveal at the end may come across as a hokey effect but it's one that resonates and really nails the science fiction aspect so inherent to the Pertwee era stories (per a conversation, I always felt that Pertwee was the perfect foil for science fiction stories than many of his successors and even his predecessors. He was really into technology and automobiles, as seen in his love of gadgets used on the show). There's almost a dark aspect to Omega that I think was mined whenever he appeared, as he and the Doctor both have strong wills, and perhaps one reason the Doctor found himself bent on stopping the mad Time Lord was recognizing, just like with the Master, how easy it is to fall into that trap of darkness.

I loved the work I put into this one. I went a bit further with Omega's anti-matter universe, by using a glittering background to show how it's in flux. And while I wish I had the Thirteen Doctors Third Doctor in his actual red coat from the episode (hard to get ahold of), I like the placeholder of the Third Doctor as he appeared in Death To The Daleks since it's the only one I have with him in the bowtie he started wearing from this serial forward. 
Heathrow, 1981?
The Fifth Doctor block on Twitch went by so fast, that it's kind of a slap into reality. I'd gone through Peter Davison's era before and bingeing it like this I forgot that he was only there three years and three seasons, and with the reduction of the number of stories per season from the 1970s, his time on the show appears quicker than it really was. 

That being said, with Twitch now onto the Sixth Doctor's era (which should probably conclude later this week, sadly), it's a bit of an anachronism having this picture Davison now. But, it was still a bit too good to sit on, with the lighting and posing being some of the best I've done in a while. 

It also burns me that Character Options, whom I've dinged in the past for decisions that make no sense, for not seeing fit to have any of Davison's regular companions (Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough) represented alongside him. Peri is a good concession, since the work they've done for Big Finish together has expanded on the gap in the two stories where they were an official team, but think of the Fifth Doctor and the above four names are what you usually associate him most with. That and celery, and being the Tenth Doctor's father-in-law perhaps. 


Journal Entry: Fri Mar 11, 2016, 10:36 PM

I've been pulling down 15 hour days at my job currently, which has taken me out of the still life game for a minute. Sucks, but one has to make that money somehow.

Til then, I hope all my friends and watchers have been good and stay that way!

  • Watching: The Walking Dead


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Cedric Bacon
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Pop, Classic Rock, Punk
Favourite photographer: David Levinthal, Diane Arbus, Jenny "Lens" Stern
Favourite style of art: Photography
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: "I've a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it."--Groucho Marx


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