Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Spider-Man Villains: The Rose by Justin Zyduck
Ah, the Rose. The original Rose was crime boss Richard Fisk, the Kingpin's son, who teamed up with the original Hobgoblin (revealed much later to be business and fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley) in an attempt to take down Fisk the Elder. However, '80s Spider-writer Tom DeFalco supposedly intended Fisk to be the Hobgoblin and Kingsley to be the Rose, which I actually think works better. But oh well.
The Rose is perhaps a lesser light in the grand scheme of the Spider-Man mythos, but I've always loved the design. As he first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man shortly following the debut of the black symbiote costume, the Rose wore a cream-colored suit, a lavender-colored mask...and a pair of enormous Sally Jesse Raphael glasses. The glasses are what makes the design for me. The Rose is a guy who's paying lip service to supervillainy, but doesn't really commit. "I'll put on a mask if it'll make other costumed villains respect me, but I want to wear a nice suit, and I'm not going to put in contacts."
This image is shot directly from pencils. Unlike the other Minions who contribute here, I don't actually consider myself a proper artist, and I'm way out of practice. But I was pretty happy with the way the pencils turned out, so much so that I didn't want to ruin them with my crappy inking.