June 9, 2009
Weapon X (Wolverine) doing the Batusi by Joe Benitez
‘Tusi #: 048
Artist: Joe Benitez
Subject: Wolverine (Weapon X)
Date: April 19, 2009
Location: Hobbystar’s Fan Appreciation Show, Metro Convention Centre (South), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note(s): Another nice surprise. A different version of Wolverine… does not look like he’s the best at doing the Batusi. Thanks, Joe!
March 31, 2009
Wolverine doing the Batusi by Kalman Andrasofszky
‘Tusi #: 008
Artist: Kalman Andrasofszky
Date: July 12, 2008
Location: Toronto Comicon, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Notes: Not going to lie. The first thing that I noticed when I received this Wolverine doing the Batusi piece from Kalman (NYX, Ion, Checkmate et al) was the arm pit hair. It made me laugh. This drawing seems to really capture the spirit of Adam West. It is one of only 3 pieces of the Batusi collection that I have displayed around my computer workstation.
December 23, 2008
Uncanny X-Men Doing The Batusi
‘Tusi #: 009
Artist: Tom Fowler
Subject: Uncanny X-Men
Date: September 11, 2008
Location: Somewhere in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Notes: I originally approached Tom about a Batusi commission in Feb/08 but he was busy with a “secret project”. We touched base again in July at a comic convention. He promised me that once he was finished with the “secret project” that he would do something I’d really love. On September 11/08, in my inbox was an e-mail with an attachment that almost knocked me of my seat.
The Uncanny X-men of my childhood doing the Batusi was more than I was expecting. I was immediately drawn to the two wallflowers and burst out laughing. It took 3 days of fruitless research and then I had to e-mail Tom back to find out who the second wallflower was. Turned out it was a Jack Kirby creation known as the Shocker that Tom had found in an issue of Captain America.
Tom was right, I really do love it. Thank you, Mr. F!
Bonus: The commission is done on the back of a page that was going to be used in Mysterius #1
UPDATED APRIL 1, 2009: Broke the sketch up into 2 scans and have posted them below so you can read the exchange between Nightcrawler and The Shocker.
Up Close #1
Up Close #2