25 May, 2016 | Posted in Sketches

Cyclops is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in the comic book The X-Men #1.

He is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Cyclops can emit powerful beams of energy from his eyes. He cannot control the beams without the aid of special eyewear which he must wear at all times. He is typically considered the first of the X-Men, a team of mutant heroes who fight for peace and equality between mutants and humans, and one of the team’s primary leaders.

Cyclops is most often portrayed as the archetypal hero of traditional American popular culture—the opposite of the tough, anti-authority anti-heroes that emerged in American popular culture after the Vietnam War (e.g., Wolverine, his X-Men teammate).

He possesses the mutant ability to project a powerful beam of concussive, ruby-colored force from his eyes. He is also a first-rate tactician and leader, though he has very low self-esteem, holding a low opinion of himself and obsessing over his shortcomings and failures. As a leader, he is very strict and no-nonsense, demanding seriousness, dedication and skill, usually earning him the dislike of more rebellious team members such as Wolverine.

I used pencil to lay down the rough outlines, a gel pen to ink and a ballpoint pen to render.

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