Marvel and DC Comics artist Bob McLeod has been working in the industry for over 40 years on titles such as Action Comics, Superman, Wonder Woman, several Spider-Man books and a whole lot more as an inker and penciller. McLeod is also widely known as the co-creator of X-Men spinoff Marvel series New Mutants with writer Chris Claremont.
Recently, McLeod sat down with SYFY WIRE for our latest edition of Watch Artists Sketch to do a live drawing of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and discuss his interesting process for bringing the wall-crawler to life on the page.
After all, who better than McLeod (who reveals he basically learned to draw by himself) to bring Spidey to life in his inimitable style, as the artist has worked on several issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Spider-Man over the years? And the result is nothing short of amazing.
"Spider-Man actually was the character that Marvel would always start new artists on because they figured he was such a good character they couldn't screw him up," McLeod explained to us during his drawing process. "So my very first pencilling job was a Spider-Man job: Marvel Team-Up #86. And I like drawing Spider-Man because he gets in unusual poses that other characters don't get in."
Fun Fact: Marvel Team Up #86 saw Spider-Man team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on the villainous duo of Hammer and Anvil.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.