The First Avenger Returns

Captain America is created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Iron Man is created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby.

Captain America is created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Iron Man is created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby.

Being a comic collector, I was reading the recent issue of Avengers, #44. Near the end of the story, there was a fight between two characters that reminded me of The Dark Knight Returns. I was inspired to draw that memorable shot from the comic book classic, where an older Batman, equipped in battle armor, knocks down Superman, but with Captain America and Iron Man in their places. This took 4 days to make, with frequent breaks in between. Originally, I wasn’t going to have a background. Once I finish coloring both characters, I was going to crop it at the bottom of Cap’s feet, and call it a day. However, after observing my progress, I felt obligated. I quickly drew the background from the comic, scanned it, and edit the rest through Photoshop.

The Process

Rough sketches were drawn for practice, including the pose and a few head shots. The comics (Avengers #44 and The Dark Knight Returns in this case) and online pictures were used as reference.

First Avenger Returns Concept Art

The final drawing was sketched and inked by hand before going to the scanner. First Avenger Returns Drawn and Inked

The background was drawn separately on a separate sheet of paper.

First Avenger Returns Background

Shadows, additional inking, editing, and coloring, were done in Photoshop.

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