Comic books have their roots in black and white art, a tradition that has continued through the ages. Superheroes Superman and The Phantom adventured in black and white as daily newspaper strips during the 1930s and 40s and were the beginnings of the funny book craze. The Silver Age brought color and widespread popularity to comic books, but Jack Kirby and others continued to experiment with black and white art for effect during this period. The rise of modern comic books in the 80s saw black and white art as a tool for creating a moodier environment. Today’s fans are more familiar with the process of creating comic books and variant covers showcase artist sketches.
In our effort to pay homage to the comic licenses that we draw from, we introduced new sketch variant HeroClix with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix, as the set’s chase theme. Our sculpting team rejoiced as sketch coloring highlighted the minute details that can get lost in the normal paint jobs.
Players were excited to see these retro versions of the Turtles as a new portrayal. Embracing the success of the visual we saw on TMNT, we decided to find a new home for it.
In Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man, all figures will now have black and white versions! In addition to the black and white coloring, each sketch variant sculpt is mounted on a white base to set them apart from their regular versions. Opening boosters is now more exciting as you may get a rarer sketch variant or traditional version of a figure. Although visually these figures are different from their full-color counterparts, they have identical game play.
Sketch variants are another way that HeroClix is showing love to its source material while providing more options for players and collectors. We are excited to roll out these Sketch Variant HeroClix while still doing all of the other cool stuff that HeroClix fans have come to expect!