The world of Peter Parker that readers know and love from modern stories is getting a whole new look from artist Ramon Rosanas.
Spider-Man 1602, the five-issue mini-series that Rosanas is drawing for writer Jeff Parker, begins in October and will tell what Marvel is calling the "final story" of the 1602 saga. Based on a universe created by writer Neil Gaiman in his Marvel 1602 mini-series with artist Andy Kubert, Spider-Man 1602 returns readers to the story of Peter Parquagh, the brave youth who lives among other strangely powered people in "The New World" of America.
"The most difficult character to draw has been Peter," said Rosanas said of his work on the mini-series. "I had to preserve his youthful look as ever but in the 17th century. To be modern but departing from the classical model. He has to be my own Peter Parquagh, but at the same time not to match with the previous books. To be credible like Spidey without his costume. In confidence, I had to redo some frames, even some pages for that reason."
Because Rosanas, whose work was last seen on The Age of Sentry, is doing both the drawing and colors, he's made some adjustments to the look of the pages to fit the setting.
"My style in comics is always the same, but I adapt it to every job," he said. "In The Age of the Sentry,I simplified the shadows and lines and gave it a flatter focus with hardly any perspective, the inks had a lot of volume and the color was in four-color process. It needs to seem 50 years ago. In Spider-man 1602 I can do my style with more nuances and dimensions, the color of the clothes needs to have soft shades and the wood has to be old wood and without garden wood treatment."
The artist said that although he gets to work on known characters like Spider-Man and Hank Pym, the characters feel very different and distinct from their modern counterparts.
"The most surprising thing has been the air that Jeff Parker has given to these characters. It's not a sequel of the previous; it has life of its own, with a strong personality and the characters are very entwined," he said. "Many of the Spider-Man villains appear, but none of them like they have been known before. I have to invent their new look for each episode, I have even designed a logo for Doc Ock, the nemesis of the future Spidey's chest spider."
In fact, Rosanas said, the villains like Doc Ock have been what makes his work on the series so much fun, particularly getting to play with Norman Osborn's new look. "I don't know to what extent I can reveal about next episodes, but Norman Osborn is fantastic. I had to give him a very different appearance from the rest of the pilgrims, so I opted to dress him like a conqueror but with the Green Goblin colors and, although he still has his characteristic hairstyle waves, I have given him long hair, which gives him a more aggressive look," he said. "Thus, when we see him facing backwards or from afar, we always can say 'Beware , there is that bastard!'"
Readers will also notice an authenticity to all the details in the comic, as Rosanas has been doing a lot of research on life in the 1600s.
"One of the things that I love most about my work is the collection of information," Rosanas said. "With Spider-man 1602, I wanted to approach to the max at the age it takes place. Even the rigging had to be real. The drafting of the setting takes a lot of time and not always is seen in the final result, but I love it."
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