Oct 142017

Hello and happy Saturday flashback fans. It’s time.

Bret Hart didn’t really register with me back when he was a member of the Hart Foundation with Jimmy Hart and Jim Neidhart. A notable exception was a match he fought against Macho Man as part of his feud with the Honky Tonk Man. It was a great match and a sign of what Bret could really do in the ring. As a face, he put on incredible matches with some of the biggest heels in the company. And he was Canadian to boot! Sadly his career ended prematurely due to concussions suffered in the ring and compounded by a stroke.

Here’s Red Rich, or should I say, Pink Rich as Bret. Hands held out is the pose I most associate with Bret so that’s what I went with again here. Rich looks good in pink.

Here’s a comparison to the original. The most notable problem with the original are the ears and the paws. The lines are shaky, but overall it was a decent piece for the time.

That’s all for this week. More wrestling fun next Saturday!

Oct 072017

So yesterday was Friday and I thought I would be late in posting this week’s flashback. Then I remembered I made the call to put this set up on Saturdays. Not late! Woo!

Koko B. Ware did not have the “B” in his name before arriving to the WWF. Neither did he have a macaw with him. These were additions made by the creative team in place (mainly Vince McMahon) in an effort to make Koko fan and more precisely kid-friendly. He was entertaining and arrived with a decent push but it became clear fairly quickly that he was never going to be a main event star. He sang the title song on Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II and it’s a pretty nice tune.

Here’s Zoë, or as I called her back when I first did this mash-up, Zozo. Even though Koko wasn’t the biggest star, the gimmick fits Zoë so well I had to go with it.

Here’s the comparison to the original. I definitely did a better job on the bandanna (man those ears make that kind of thing difficult!). The pose I chose was awkward to draw then and it’s still awkward now, but it’s what I think of when I think of Koko. You can see I still struggle with certain leg poses.

That’s all for this week! We’ll be back for another installment next time!

Sep 302017

Hello folks! It’s time for a flashback. Now you MIGHT guess that I forgot to put this up yesterday (and you’d be correct) but then I had this spiffy idea to change the title for this theme. Saturday Night’s Main Event was a staple for me as a WWF (they’re WWE now, but in the time period I’m covering, they were still the Federation) fan in the 80’s and early 90’s. So yeah. Mistakes were made and lemonade was made from those mistakes.

I was never a Hulkamaniac growing up. I was supposed to be. Everybody was. I just didn’t find Hulk Hogan terribly interesting as a character. If I hadn’t been told that wrestling was fake, I think I would have eventually figured it out by watching Hogan’s matches. Not because he was terrible at what he did, but because of how repetitive they were. His interviews and matches felt very samey. It was all by design. Why fix what wasn’t broken? He was undoubtedly the biggest star in the WWF.

Here’s Barnaby dressed up as the Hulkster. The bandanna was a late addition. I only had the shading left to do on the piece and I wasn’t super happy with the hair. Then I remembered that since is obviously taking place before the shirt rip, that he would still also have his bandanna on. Problem solved. In retrospect, it’s funny, but I like him better without the bandanna. But you can still see both pieces here.

Here’s a comparison to the original. I forgot Hogan’s crucifix in the new piece. Despite the awkward limbs, I think I got the lean and listen pose a little bit better in the original.

That’s all for this week. I may have written myself into posting flashbacks on Saturday for the duration of this theme, so yeah. I’ll probably see you next Saturday.

Sep 222017

It’s technically not a flashback if there’s no earlier piece to compare to, but I don’t want to keep switching back and forth from Fridays to Wednesdays for Skitter and Chae so they get the Friday slot too.

So here’s Skitter in the costume I came up for him. I can’t say it was very inspired. It’s an alien leader robe. He looks cute in just about every outfit.

That’s all for this week and for the revisiting of the space age theme. Come back next Friday for the start of the next theme.

Sep 082017

Hello and good Friday everybody! It’s time for a flashback! Let’s have some fun!

It’s the piece that started the original set and it’s here to close out the remakes. Here’s Spacefur Rich rocketing into action. The flames of her rocket pack turned out so good here. I can only hope I can reproduce the effect when need be. It’s my favorite piece of the set.

Here’s the comparison to the original piece. I wouldn’t have been able to remove the space backdrop of the original without doing a LOT of editing, so I decided to put the new piece on a similar backdrop. What can I say? Looking back at the original piece I see where I was at at the time. I now know there are some facial angles that just don’t look good.

That’s all for this week. Next week we start to look at the two new pieces of the set for Chae and Skitter.

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