This originally started out intended to be just a sketch, done for John Pierce. But as these things sometimes happen with me, it sort of took on a whole life of its own. John is a friend, an email correspondent, a longtime comics fan and writer. You may have seen his work in some magazines about comics like Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego/FCA (the Fawcett Collectors of America).
Anyway, John has a character he created called Jonni Star. Her stories have appeared in a few small press comics here and there, usually illustrated by Brazilian artist Emir Ribeiro. (I even took a crack at drawing Jonni myself once, and you can see the result here in my Gallery). John had an idea for a comic book character that Johnna (Jonni’s civilian identity) liked to read about, called Maracana, the Invincible Eagle. Which I guess makes Maracana a comic within a comic.
Most comics fans will likely be able to sort out for themselves which character archetype Maracana’s descended from. But John has some interesting twists in there too, like having her rooted in a more Celtic-influenced culture instead of the Greco-Roman type one might tend to usually expect with a character like this. Like I say, this started out intended to be just a sketch, but I guess I got carried away and couldn’t help myself. I thought the end result was fun. Seemed like I might just as well go ahead and post it here, while I’m at it.
Maracana the Invincible Eagle is ™ and © John Pierce.