Jeff Bonivert’s Atomic Man

Atomic-ManAnd now, for some­thing com­pletely different!”

I’m dig­ging deep for this one. The ‘80s saw a lot of inter­est­ing, fun, odd, inde­pen­dent comics. Jeff Bonivert’s Atomic Man Comics was one of them.

I don’t remem­ber just how I first encoun­tered Jeff Bonivert’s work, but it most def­i­nitely caught my eye. It’s unique for the abstract geo­met­ric and graphic way he approaches his draw­ings. I pick up a bit of an art deco or stream­lined feel to it in places. There’s no mis­tak­ing his work for any­one else’s.

I believe that like me, Jeff is from the Bay Area. There was a time in the ‘80s when we even worked at the same place, but unfor­tu­nately I never got to meet him and talk comics (it was a pretty big place).

I some­how man­aged to get all three issues of Jeff’s Atomic Man Comics back when they came out, and there’s a def­i­nite sense of fun to the pro­ceed­ings. Atomic Man is really kind of a classic-style comics hero. He has super-strength and invul­ner­a­bil­ity, but doesn’t appear to have any other super­pow­ers beyond that. Jeff added some fresh ideas to the mix, in that Atomic Man is hap­pily mar­ried, with two kids, liv­ing in San Fran­cisco. Being from the Bay Area, that last part sort of mat­tered to me, because it seems like the tra­di­tional default for most super­heroes has been to base them in NYC (or some fic­ti­tious NYC surrogate).

For my Atomic Man salute, I thought a styl­is­tic exper­i­ment using Adobe Illus­tra­tor might be a good way of attempt­ing some­thing that could evoke the look of Jeff Bonivert’s work.

Atomic Man is ™ and © 2014 Jeff Bonivert.

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8 Responses to Jeff Bonivert’s Atomic Man

  1. John G. Pierce says:

    Some­where along the line I might have heard of this fea­ture, but I’m not sure. Looks inter­est­ing, in any event, though I have some­what of a dis­like for heads which are way out of pro­por­tion to bod­ies, even in car­toon art.

    • Mark says:

      Jeff has done a num­ber of other cool things too. In my col­lec­tion, I have an issue of Michael Gilbert’s Doc Stearn…Mr. Mon­ster where Jeff did the cover as well as inte­rior seg­ments depict­ing Mr. Mon­ster trapped in “Dimen­sion X.” There’s also the Fun Boys Spring Spe­cial pub­lished by Tun­dra, con­tain­ing the adven­tures of a trio of young comics fans set in the early/mid ‘60s. A good time to be a comics fan, I’m think­ing you’ll agree!

  2. Thanks Mark for your kind words, and AWESOME Atomic Man!…Very cool.

    • Mark says:

      Jeff,

      Wow! It’s great to finally meet you, albeit via the inter­net. Thanks much for stop­ping by! I’m hugely flat­tered that you enjoyed my take on your Atomic Man. I’d love to see more of him again (what­ever did hap­pen to Zak and Rudolff, after they were abducted by Gizmo?). Or any other new comics you might have up your sleeve, for that matter!

      • Atomic Man was can­celled while I was pen­cilling issue four. So there are the first few pages still in pen­cil that no one has ever seen. There was a con­clu­sion to the first story arc, we just never got that far. You can find me on Face­book where I post cur­rent sketches and com­pleted stuff, and have a few albums of story ideas I have been try­ing to sell for a while, ETC.

        • Mark says:

          Sounds very cool. I’m actu­ally not on the Book of Faces myself, but it’s great to hear you’re still at it! I did enjoy see­ing some of your new(er) stuff over in the web­comics sec­tion of Fly­ing Col­ors Comics’ web­site. I’m sure you’ll agree that in many ways, today’s a very dif­fer­ent comics mar­ket now from what it was back when you orig­i­nally did Atomic Man Comics.

  3. It is a dif­fer­ent mar­ket place for comics. Bet­ter I think. But i always find myself unable to fol­low the trends or stand­ing out­side the sta­tus quo. Hav­ing said that…I do have a new short story out last week. Find it here! http://www.graphicclassics.com/pgs/gc25.htm
    –Jeff

    • Mark says:

      Cool! Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to try to lay hands on a copy. Hope­fully other vis­i­tors here will also check it out.

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