‘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.