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marvelboi77
12-06-2006, 03:24 PM
Hey Michael Golden drew the Avengers 10 Annual first Rogue with Spider-Woman. The things I see on Ebay such as a Dr. Strange pannel page goes for 4k. Is this guy dead? Is he not producing stuff anymore? Because I noticed he's not like John Byrne where only the X-Men stuff is crazy. But all of this stuff seems to go for big bucks. Does anyone know his story or why people like him.

gman
12-06-2006, 03:37 PM
well his art is well liked..although i think his con sketches are eh. his work on marvel fanfare and the nam were killer. Also his work on the batman special and micronauts should not be overlooked.

Crom
12-06-2006, 03:39 PM
I don't know his story, but I know he was something of an artists artist. He is cited by many as a big influence. Personally I preffered his 70's/80's stuff. In the 90's his work took on a bit more angular-feel. I think he is known for combining detail with a powerful sense of movement or dynamic energy.

He did an incredible Marvel Poster during the late 70's, early 80's. I don't think he ever produced a huge body of work, mostly covers. I think his interior art is fairly scarce. I believe he left comics for a period of time.

ftrez
12-06-2006, 03:39 PM
Outside of the fact that his art kicks ass is there really any other reason for people to like him?

He's not dead (unless he died recently and I didn't hear about it, but I don't think so) and I believe his most recent work was doing cover art for DC.

I also hear that he's also a pretty interesting guy. Larry Hama used to tell stories about Golden receiving all of his phone calls at a biker bar and about his intimate knowledge of firearms.

galactus
12-06-2006, 03:40 PM
well his art is well liked..although i think his con sketches are eh. his work on marvel fanfare and the nam were killer. Also his work on the batman special and micronauts should not be overlooked.

He also did lots of GI Joe and Transformers work, so there is a certain nostalgia value to his stuff for those of us in our 30s/40s who grew up with that stuff. He's certainly not dead, but G-man is right, his current Con Sketches are major league "eh" at best.

ftrez
12-06-2006, 03:45 PM
I don't think he ever produced a huge body of work, mostly covers. I think his interior art is fairly scarce. I believe he left comics for a period of time.

12 issues of Micronauts and 12 or 13 issues of the Nam are the most he's ever done on one title. Everything else is an issue here and there. There were 5 or 6 issues of the Jackie Chan Spartan X series, though I'm not sure they were all released.

tarim69
12-06-2006, 03:48 PM
I remember hearing when I was in Kuberts school that he was in prison.

Dont know if it was ever true or not.

Tetragrammaton
12-06-2006, 04:00 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Golden

Babytoxie
12-06-2006, 04:23 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Golden

That Wiki article has it right:

His very distinctive style combined a rounded, almost three dimensional approach as well as realistic lighting effects and a strong grasp of facial expressions, design and anatomy.

The first work of his I saw was Micronauts #1, and I had never seen anyone with so much "texture" in their work. His work with lighting and shadow really made it stand out. And his attention to detail is amazing - he never cuts corners. Here's one of my favorites:

http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery/details.php?image_id=722

deaconbluezzz
12-06-2006, 07:27 PM
I've seen some of his recent stuff and it just doesn't hold a candle to what he did back in his heyday, the late 70's/early 80's. I guess that happens with most artists though (Neal Adams, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby are three huge examples). I wish he had been a bit more prolific during that period, but his Marvel Marching Society poster from 1982 remains the single piece of original artwork that I would wish to have given the chance. Utterly gorgeous.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-5/1177563/Marching_Marvel_Society.jpg

Pogo4321
12-06-2006, 08:08 PM
I've loved his work from the first time I saw it for all the reasons already mentioned. His Marvel Fanfare story Spidey and the Xmen in the Savage Land is phenomenal.

Image recently released a portfolio entitled Monsters by him and there was supposed to be a Heroes portfolio as well.

Tomorrows should do a Modern Masters volume on him.

deaconbluezzz
12-06-2006, 09:30 PM
I've loved his work from the first time I saw it for all the reasons already mentioned. His Marvel Fanfare story Spidey and the Xmen in the Savage Land is phenomenal.

I had forgotten about those issues, but you're right, they are gorgeous. Paul Smith (another favorite artist of mine) finished up the story, but as nice as his stuff was, Golden's just totally blew it out of the water. One distinguishing characteristic of his work back then were his big "Speed Racer/Manga-style" eyes on his characters. Not too many other artists could pull that off, but he sure did.

The Fanfare issues really made me wish he could have done a few Spidey annuals back then, he really drew a fantastic Wall-Crawler.

Perhaps I'm way off here, but for some reason Art Adams work reminds me of Golden's back in the day...dunno why.

Scottsdale Saint
12-07-2006, 12:17 AM
Perhaps I'm way off here, but for some reason Art Adams work reminds me of Golden's back in the day...dunno why.probably because one of Adams' biggest influences is the aforementioned Golden...:)

Royd
12-07-2006, 06:37 AM
Michael Golden is an absolute legend! As a young comic reader in the 70s and 80s, I can remember being bespelled by Golden's incredible artwork, particularly the amazing detail and the accurate depiction of machinery, weapons etc. So many of today's artists quote him as a major influence and you can see it in their work (Art Adams, Jason Pearson etc.).

Although I have culled my collection from time to time, my issues of Micronauts, Marvel Fanfare, The 'Nam, Bucky O'Hare, Spartan X etc. have never been sold or traded off! If you search out those issues and read them, I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience :)

Naturally, for those like me who grew up with his work, we'd love to purchase some of his originals. Unfortunately, pages like the one from the Doc Strange issue are beyond my reach as is most of his work because he produced only a limited amount of pages which are in great demand. Thankfully, he is still producing and we continue to enjoy his current material and maybe one day (if I sell off some of my Adam Hughes or Bryan Hitch artwork) I might be able to afford a Golden page ;) Regards,

Royd

deaconbluezzz
12-07-2006, 08:55 AM
probably because one of Adams' biggest influences is the aforementioned Golden...:)

LOL...well, glad to see my perceptions aren't off 100% of the time ;).

mwf6171
12-07-2006, 08:57 AM
well his art is well liked..although i think his con sketches are eh. his work on marvel fanfare and the nam were killer. Also his work on the batman special and micronauts should not be overlooked.

I LOVED his work on the 'Nam and Micronauts............wish I still had those books.......

kaza5555
12-07-2006, 09:15 AM
Tomorrows should do a Modern Masters volume on him.

Picked up Modern Masters #9 on Mike Weiringo from my LCS yesterday. I looked at the last page for upcoming volumes and Michael Golden is scheduled for #12 to be released in June 07, right after Kevin Maguire and Charles Vess at #10 and #11.

I remember Golden's work in the early years and I compare his popularity to Joe Madureira in the 90's. Their work were a big influence on other artists during the their generation.

rilynil
12-07-2006, 12:22 PM
I never really cared for the Micronauts comic. BUT, in my memory, Golden's work on that series stands out as vividly in my memory as anyone's art during the 80s. His art looked simply stellar.

Pogo4321
12-08-2006, 12:46 AM
Picked up Modern Masters #9 on Mike Weiringo from my LCS yesterday. I looked at the last page for upcoming volumes and Michael Golden is scheduled for #12 to be released in June 07, right after Kevin Maguire and Charles Vess at #10 and #11.

I remember Golden's work in the early years and I compare his popularity to Joe Madureira in the 90's. Their work were a big influence on other artists during the their generation.

Cool! Thanks for the info. I'll have to get the MacGuire and Vess volumes,too; a couple more of my faves.

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:08 AM
Did you guys know that many of Golden's covers were meant to appear 3D if viewed through 3D glasses? Try it sometime!

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:09 AM
Michael Golden has the single best signature in comics history!

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:10 AM
Why Michael Golden WAS the best (he lost it in later years unfortunately!)....

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:11 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:12 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:13 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:14 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:14 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:15 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:16 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:17 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:18 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:19 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:20 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:21 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:22 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:23 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:24 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:25 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:26 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:27 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:28 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:28 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:29 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:30 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:31 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:32 AM
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HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:34 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:34 AM
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12-08-2006, 01:35 AM
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Pogo4321
12-08-2006, 01:43 AM
Great stuff, Al. Here's a favorite of mine. (With Neal Adams inks!)
.http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/2514/400/2514_4_07.jpg

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:48 AM
'Nuff Said? Michael Golden was the Jack Kirby of the 70s!

HoldyourfireAl
12-08-2006, 01:49 AM
When we were kids & we went to 7-11 and that comic book spinner rack, it was AMAZING to see a Michael Golden cover!

mwf6171
12-08-2006, 08:28 AM
Are there any collections of the Micronauts stories??

reapersaurus
12-08-2006, 02:23 PM
Big fan of Golden's here, too.
His Dr. Strange work (especially on the D'Spayre issue) is some of the best in my memory.
I wish he'd done more, and I've always wanted that Marvel Motion poster of his. :)

kal-el
12-08-2006, 03:35 PM
Loved his Micronauts and Marvel fanfare stories. I have that poster of everybody as well, but you forgot his and my favorite cover of all time DEFENDERS # 96. Look it up it is the best cover EVER

Babytoxie
12-08-2006, 04:02 PM
Are there any collections of the Micronauts stories??

Trades? Unfortunately, no. :( But the first 12 comics were reprinted in a 5-issue baxter format series as "Micronauts: Special Edition".

I'd like to see Marvel make a reprint deal with the licensor and get some trades out there, like they did with GI Joe: A Real American Hero, and Essential Godzilla. Those Micronauts comics reeeeeeeeeeeeally need to be collected.

Babytoxie
12-08-2006, 04:05 PM
Loved his Micronauts and Marvel fanfare stories. I have that poster of everybody as well, but you forgot his and my favorite cover of all time DEFENDERS # 96. Look it up it is the best cover EVER

You mean... THIS ONE?!?!?:D

http://www.defenders.ca/covers/def/DE96.jpg

I agree - that's a beautiful cover. In fact, the Defenders issues with his covers were the only ones I collected.

Babytoxie
12-08-2006, 04:23 PM
After Ploog, Golden is THE Man-Thing artist! Also see The Micronauts for proof!

http://www.she-hulk.us/Covers/008.jpg

Crom
12-08-2006, 04:42 PM
You mean... THIS ONE?!?!?:D

http://www.defenders.ca/covers/def/DE96.jpg

I agree - that's a beautiful cover. In fact, the Defenders issues with his covers were the only ones I collected.


As much as I like Bowen's Ghost Rider statue, this would have been brilliant!

marvelboi77
12-08-2006, 06:20 PM
Thanks for all the info guys.

sons of set
12-08-2006, 06:50 PM
This man was a comic powerhouse. Marvel had a great and rare talent. His lines were always clean, smooth and dynamic ( with excellent ink assists to Mr. Rubenstein). His art was very singular and could not be confused with others in the industry.

His run on Micronauts still survives in my collection. Awesome stuff. Somewhere I still have his Marvel Universe poster where others have vanished through time.

Check him out. Thanks.

Babytoxie
12-08-2006, 09:01 PM
In a horror vein, he did some early work for DC in House of Mystery and House of Secrets. Also, a beautiful adaptation of Poe's The Cask of Amontillado in Marvel Classic Comics # 28.

HoldyourfireAl
12-09-2006, 02:11 AM
This man was a comic powerhouse. Marvel had a great and rare talent. His lines were always clean, smooth and dynamic ( with excellent ink assists to Mr. Rubenstein). His art was very singular and could not be confused with others in the industry.

His run on Micronauts still survives in my collection. Awesome stuff. Somewhere I still have his Marvel Universe poster where others have vanished through time.

Check him out. Thanks.

It's funny you bring up Rubenstein...I was at a Creation Convention in Philly as a kid & Joe was on a panel. When asked why he wasn't inking the Micronauts anymore, he said Marvel took him off it because they didn't like his inking style over Golden!