This is a blog about M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) Comics. MASK comics started in the UK in 1986 and were based on the Kenner Parker toys and shared similarites with the cartoon of the same name.
This site is the birthplace of #assembleMASK and also #MASKday. M.A.S.K. Day celebrates the start of M.A.S.K. back in 1985 - although it wouldn't be until 1986 before the comics hit the UK shores....
Darren from Back to the Old Drawing Board has a special prize up for grabs. He has drawn this fantastic image of Thunderhawk and is giving it away on his Facebook Site - and all you have to do is like his page to enter!
The full details of the competition -
An original 6x4 inch pen and ink drawing of Thunderhawk on Strathmore 300 series Vellum Bristol.
This piece of artwork has been created by me, specifically as a giveaway (see scan and photo).
To achieve over 100 page 'Likes' by the deadline of 15th September 2014.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING.
To become eligible for this giveaway, all you need to do is 'Like' Back to the Old Drawing Board's Facebook PAGE.
Please feel free to TELL YOUR NOSTALGIC M.A.S.K. FAN FRIENDS about my M.A.S.K. art.
Existing 'Likes' will also be included in the final draw.
The only entry restriction is that you are a M.A.S.K. fan, like art and comics, and would like to win my original 6x4 inch drawing of Thunderhawk.
The deadline is 15th September 2014, and the winner will be contacted that day with a request for postal details.
I will then announce the winner on M.A.S.K. Day, 16th September 2014.
The winner can decline being announced if they choose (via private message).
The giveaway winner will be chosen at random by assigning a number to each participant, and using a random number generator to pick the winning entry.
If the winner declines the prize, their entry will become void and I will redraw until a winner is found.
The competition will become void if the goal of 100 page Likes has not been met by 15th September 2014.
The prize will be mailed to the winner shortly after in sturdy and secure packaging.
The initial postage cost will be paid by me.
HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE!
I am not responsible for any custom charges incurred if living outside of the USA(or any other additional charges once the item has been mailed to any region).
I am not responsible for the item being damaged in transit or lost by the postal system.
There will be NO replacement or alternative prize offered during any stage of the competition and/or after the prize has been mailed.
IMPORTANT FACEBOOK INFORMATION.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. A copy of Facebook's giveaway rules can be found at www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php
I acknowledge a complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
In the build up to #MASKday on the 16th of September, Darren Gregson from Back to the Old Drawing Board has been busy again! After his tremendous V.E.N.O.M. picture last time out, we now have Hondo's Firecracker!
Firecracker may have had a fairly simple conversion in comparison to other M.A.S.K. vehicles, however, it is one of the true classics! The motorbike on the back was a neat, if underused, addition to this vehicle. Darren, this is amazing! I would love to see it in the glory of colour!
In the build up to next month (more details coming soon), Darren Gregson has released another of his infamous works of art! Showcasing Vampire and Stinger - this image truly reflects V.E.N.O.M.'s Supremacy!
As of now, this is my favourite drawing of Darren's. I have a place in my heart for Vampire - after 8 issues of the UK comic (9 if you include the Preview Issue), issue 9 had a little surprise on the cover -
A glimpse of a new V.E.N.O.M. agent! After going for so long with just the characters, vehicles and mask's from the series one release toys - this was an exciting time for a fan like me! It wouldn't be until issue 10 that the whole cover and centre spread was dedicated to this great character and his steed. I'm guessing that from the toy's perspective, Vampire would be the new Condor in terms of price point and a lot of kids would buy it! I never had many of the toys (seemingly I was too old!!) but would've loved this one. Anyway, getting back to Darren, please like his page over at Back to the Old Drawing Board. I highly recommend that you like his page as this is where you will get all the scoops of his new pictures. I'd also ask that you share links to his page - I'm sure you'll agree that he is a talented artist and would be great to ensure as many people as possible can fully enjoy his work! In the meantime, I'd urge you all to like the M.A.S.K. Comics Facebook Page also so that you don't miss any of they upcoming events across multiple M.A.S.K. and other sites, including - Agents of M.A.S.K. Matt-Trakker.com Boulder-Hill.net M.A.S.K. Eire
Remember that the Bring Back M.A.S.K. Campaign is still strong and your full support - so please sign up and share all the links via all Social Media sites. #assembleMASK #Hasbro #MASKComics
A little while back I discussed an episode of Transformers where Optimus Prime transforms into a vehicle created by the "M.A.S.K." division within that cartoon world.
Browsing the internet I've found these great images of an Optimus Prime painted in some familiar colours -
An Optimus Prime/Rhino Crossover!
These are amazing and I'd love to see Hasbro bring these out for real - I guess it would have to have three modes, though! Tractor Unit and Defence Modes as featured above and then Robot Mode as well - to make it truly a crossover.
Remember to keep up to date with all of the M.A.S.K. sites on the web as we will soon be.... You may have to wait just a little bit longer!
If you are a regular reader of my blog or if you ever find yourself on the M.A.S.K. Comics Facebook Page, you may already be familiar with Darren Gregson!
Like myself, Darren was and still is an avid fan of the UK M.A.S.K. comics. I'm a bit envious of Darren as not only has he great talent that allows him to draw spectacular images of M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. vehicles, he also managed to contact several of the Artists who created this great comic.
In the meantime, Darren has shared a couple of fantastic images - first off we have Jackhammer -
You will have to excuse the "ink tank" Watermark - Darren wishes to protect his designs - and with images as great as this - it's no wonder. I was lucky enough that Darren initially shared this image with me a few months ago.
The detail is amazing and truly captures Jackhammer in all of her glory. The artists of the UK Comic also managed to precisely draw each and every vehicle in the 80 issue run - Darren has learned from these master artists and added his unique style to his drawings.
The next image - and today was the firs time I saw this - is of Stinger -
There is a lot of "movement" in this image and like of his work is impeccable! Stinger was always one of my favourites - I think due to the how complex the conversion was over some of the earlier models such as Firecracker or Condor.
I often wondered how you could make this real - as the wheels come of the ground to be replaced by the tank tracks, would prove problematic!
Thank you once again, Darren, for sharing your great images with us - and I look forward to September.....????
Stay tuned for more updates on the coming events....
In the meantime - head over to Darren's Page and get liking!