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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.


  1. Rose was the hottest golden girl! ST. OLAF REPRESENT!
    Seriously though, great pick - awesome drawing!

  2. I know what you mean, you get the drawing just right and sometimes it just doesn't look right inked. Your linework is really good and I can tell you enjoyed drawing the character.

  3. Congrats! Excellent work, and a great educational read for me, Thank you :) ! I really enjoy the pose & art, -great choice!

  4. That's a cool looking sketch Justin. Learning about all sorts of obscure villains this week.

  5. I don't know the Rose all that well, but I like that he's kind of a half ass super villain. The only thing that separates him from a normal villain is that he wears a mask and is apparently an avid gardener. I like that you included his pruning shears.

    I think it turned out nice and you should go ahead and ink it. Don't be afraid. DO IT!

  6. I had no idea who this guy was until I read the origin of Venom trade paperback when Spiderman 3 came out...I'm kind of surprised he's not a bigger deal for the simple reason that he's the Kingpin's son.

    I love the way you captured this character's foppishness, his demure pose and big eyes are the antithesis of badass. I think you can go ahead and put the proper in front of artist!