TOYS- GALACTUS-THE WORLD DEVOURER: GALACTUS LACKS GALS ?

(BEST VIEWED LARGE)

 

GAEA, THE EARTH MOTHER GODDESS, REJECTED GALACTUS OUT OF HAND AFTER HE HAD DEVOURED ALL LIFE ON HER WORLD, "I WOULDN'T MARRY YOU IF YOU WERE THE LAST BEING IN THE COSMOS !!!"

 

GALACTUS ACCEPTED HER CONDITIONS, "DONE."

 

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This attempt to put the "Gal" back into "Galactus" was way too tricksy. I shot the very large action figures (around 40 to 45 centimetres tall apiece) seperately just so I could keep them in focus, then isolated them in photoshop, where I also painted the devastated Earthscape.

 

The somewhat tedious bit was putting the straw and feathers back into Marilyn's headdress. Lots of feathery fun.

 

The lighting provided lots of amusement. I set the figures up on a light box so I'd get a nice soft glow coming from beneath them. Used a super bright L.E.D to highlight the Big G's face and a masked off torch to light up his hand. Simon Imberger, a filmmaking chum, has supplied me with some black foil and a good selection of cloth scrims to help grade the lights with.

 

I didn't mess with Ms. Monroe much lighting wise, just a bit of scrim over the bulb to soften her already creamy features a bit. I had to rig her gown with a fair bit of invisible thread to get that swirl on the hem.

 

The Galactus is the Marvel Legends composite action figure, and Marilyn is my partner Gail's most excellent Franklin Mint doll.

 

The concept of Marilyn as a giant personification of Gaea comes from John Varley's epic Science Fiction trilogy (Titan/Wizard/Demon) which I think is one of the jewels in the crown of the genre.

 

Except, now I've seen Galactus in "The Superhero Squad Show" with the amazing George Takei doing the character's voice this probably takes a whole new, even more bemusing meaning! Good on you George, hilarious performance!

 

 

 

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Taken on June 1, 2006