Imperius Rex! Gaze Upon These Namor The Sub-Mariner Illustrations And Rejoice!

Created by the powerhouse artist/writer Bill Everett in 1939 for Marvel Comics #1 (Although his first appearance was actually an unreleased book entitled Motion Pictures Funnies Weekly), Prince Namor the Avenging Son of Atlantis has been equally comfortable as villain as well as stalwart ally. He has been a member of many teams of super-powered heroes/villains in the Marvel Comics universe such as The Invaders, All-Winners Squad, Avengers, Defenders, Deep Six, The Illuminati (Ugh), The Cabal, Dark X-Men, X-Men, The Order, Heroes for Hire/Oracle, Inc. and Phoenix Five.

Often fitting the bill of anti-hero nonetheless Namor has always been one of my absolute favorite characters ever since my Father picked up a copy of the Invaders for me in my youth. I still have this comic in my collection though sadly sans cover.

Invaders #30

A couple of days ago Comics Alliance put together a nice collection of fan art for Namor by various illustrators like Mike Mignola (Hellboy)…

Image courtesy of Comics Alliance

Image courtesy of Comics Alliance

…as well as Gabriel Hardman (Star Wars Legacy).

Image courtesy of Comics Alliance.

Image courtesy of Comics Alliance.

I think Hardman’s illustration captures the more noble aspects of Namor while Mignola delivers his more haughty and imperial side.

Saturday Supercade: Caesar By Gabriel Hardman

A big thanks to heathencomics or as he is better known, Gabriel Hardman, for the awesome Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (My favorite of the Planet of the Apes series!) illustration you see below from his deviantART page. Hardman is well known to Marvel Comics fans for his work on Agents of Atlas along with fellow artist Leonard Kirk, and writer Jeff Parker, and I really cannot implore you enough to search out the trades for this series if you are a fan of this site!

Caesar: “Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch, and conspire, and plot, and plan for the inevitable day of Man’s downfall. The day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities, in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you NOW!”