Gum Girl!

After drawing Andi Watson’s “Pricess at Midnight” a few days ago, the girls wanted to take a crack at his character, Gum Girl! Lots of fun. Check out more of Andi’s work here!



Dad’s Doodles – Peanuts/BPRD Mashup

Francesco Francavilla is one of our oldest friends at 5 Minute Marvels and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch how his career has grown over the last few years. Even with the darkest of subjects, Francesco has a playful spirit in his art — I think that’s what the Big Two have seen and fans respond to in his work. So, when I saw his Peanuts/BPRD mashups on Comics Alliance yesterday, I was compelled to join in the fun with my takes on Marcie/Lobster Johnson & Franklin/Andrew Devon. See Francesco’s incredible art here!  

And, now, a word from Francesco!


Gracie’s Doodles – Bat-Man & Woodie

Grace fell behind a bit over the past few days and drew Bat-Man (LEGO Bat-Man) and Woody from “Toy Story.” She used a Disney instruction guide and did very well. I love Woody’s eyes and mouth.


Red Star! (Inspired by Art Balthazar)

Art Balthazar’s Tiny Titans book is a terrific romp for kids through the wonders of the DC Universe. When folks ask, “Are there any comics out there for kids these days?” they need look no further than this little gem.

A side benefit is for us – and for anyone working on learning how to illustrate – is that Art’s work (and that of his team) features a style that’s perfect for teaching kids and adults how to draw with shapes and how to get great expressions and character through minimal design.

Wanna have fun!?! Art’s Web site is here!

Watch Art work here!

Art Baltazar @comicvault from Hans verschooten on Vimeo.

Calvin & Hobbes! with Philip Murphy

I’m going to wax a little “comic book political” for a moment, but when you look at gorgeous images like the one to the left here, it’s mind-boggling to think about the fact that DC Comics has trouble getting Wonder Woman right. When I saw it up on Comics Alliance’s “Best Art Ever” last week, I had to reach out the artist of this work … Irish illustrator, Philip Murphy. Check out his DeviantArt page here. 

And, to my great pleasure, he turned out to be just a nice a guy as he is an artist, suggesting we draw a common inspiration – Calvin & Hobbes. He killed it! And, to make it more fun, my dad, who introduced me to C & H drew with us!

Philip passed these words of wisdom on to the girls and me:Don’t get bogged down in a single art style. Try different ones. I see a lot of people drawing in an anime style now which is great. I love anime and have nothing against it, they can do things in that style that others can’t but, there’s a lot of amazing other styles out there. Think of it like ice cream. If day in day out all you eat was strawberry flavour, things would get pretty monotonous. So why not change it up with some vanilla? Don’t be afraid to try new styles you might end up liking or even making a new one.” Thanks, mate!

Happy Birthday, Kelly!


Almost two years ago, when we were trying to get a fledgling little Web site called 5 Minute Marvels going, Grace and I came by someone who would go on to be a cheerful supporter of ours and a trusted friend — Kelly Thompson of Comics Should Be Good! and 3 Chicks Review Comics. She’s been our biggest supporter and a ready ear for many, many ideas.

In honor of hir birthday — and her devotion to strong women in comics — we draw more Jack Kirby creations, Big Barda and the Female Furies. (Psst! Kelly, all of them have high collars … just for you.) We drew two Bardas for her — helmet and no helmet.

And, Cate wanted in on the act, too. She’s on a kick drawing characters from the Little Mr. and Little Ms. books … so here’s Little Miss Birthday! (Yes. She’s a real character.)


Tempo the Time Monkey

Two words — Time Monkey. How can you now be compelled to get out pad and paper and draw the heck out of that!?!? So, we did.

I first saw David Bednarski’s work over at Project: Rooftop during their contest to redesign Aquaman’s costume. David’s stood out from the rest and made me learn more. A trip through his web site is like a trip through a comic book fan’s childhood — it’s chock full of his superhero creations, many of whom were inspired from names that shot out of the superhero name generator. And, the finest of them all, BY FAR, is TIME MONKEY. I love it. See more of David’s work at

Rath and He-Man!

Wow! In the history of our little blog here, we have had art from England, Canada, Spain and Thailand … which showed Grace and me how small the Internet can make the world. Today’s art arrived in our inbox from New Zealand — the father and son team of graphic artist Mark Legget and his son, Jonathan. It’s fantastic. Don’t be strangers, guys!

To see more of Mark’s work, visit 

Wonder Woman! by Grace (6) & Dad (Tim Miner)

Today,we flew to Chicago to see Grace and Cate’s great-grandmother and tomorrow … we’re swinging by the C2E2 comic convention downtown. The girls are looking forward to meeting lots of the artists and writers who have been part of 5MM … so we should have some fun photos up Monday.

In the meantime, here’s the venerable Diana Price by Gracie and me!


Volstagg the Voluminous! by Cate (4), Grace (6), Dad & JIM MCCANN!

All I can say is  … WOW! Jim McCann, writer of Marvel’s upcoming Hawkeye & Mockingbird series and the world’s foremost Dazzler fan, sent in this drawing of the chubbiest viking from the pages of Thor … Volstagg the Voluminous! Dig it! The girls lover drawing the beard. Thanks, Mr. McCann! Follow Jim on Twitter here!

Wolverine! by Jordan (8) & Steve (44)

A 5 Minute Marvel first! Jordan and Steve found the site while cruising the InterWeb … and turned in this drawing of the ferocious X-Man … Wolverine! Guys, I love the cross-hatching work. I hope this is the first of many.

She-Hulk! by Cate (4), Grace (6) & Cate

Grace and Cate were a little preterbed by fact that the Jade Giantess looked a little mean in the Avengers Hankbooks, so decided to go for the “Not So Savage She-Hulk” … Grace: “She’s just looks too angry …”

Ken Hale – The Gorilla Man! by Cate (4), Grace (6) & Dad

It was Cate’s pic tonight and one glimpse of Gorilla Man in the Travolta Suit on Paul Tobin’s Web site was all it took — and, we all decided to give poor, Mr. Hale a snaggle tooth. Don’t ask why.

Dazzler! by Cate (4), Grace (6) and Dad

Grace and Cate want to dedicate this drawing to Jim McCann and the faithful Glitterati who keep the fires of Alison Blaire burning brightly. (All I had to do to get the girls to pick Ms. Dazzler was to whisper three little words … Disco Ball Necklace)!

Galactus! by Alexa (2 1/2) & Matt (AKA Dad)

Another fantastic contribution! This time from moderator of Comic Blog Elite and creator of Division 18, Matt Bergin, and his daughter, Alexa. The power cosmic is strong with this one! Matt, you’re gettin’ that girl off to a terrific start!

Superman! by Eden (7) and Jason

Our second guest submission comes all the way from the UK, where Jason Garrattley, curator of the Kirby Museum’s “Kirby Vision” fan art blog, and his daughter, Eden, sat down to draw the Man of Steel. It should be noted that clever Eden produced this from memory. Jason, you’re doing something right over there! And, pop over to Jason’s blog to see some truly amazing art inspired by King Kirby!

Captain Marvel! by Cate (4), Grace (6) and Dad

Tonight was my night to pick, so I went back to one of my favorite … and criminally underutilized … Marvel characters, Monica Rambeau … Captain Marvel. (Yes. I refuse to call her “Photon.”)

FIRST GUEST POST: Spider-Man by Matthew and Matt

Wa-hoo! This is a first on 5 Minute Marvels! Fellow blogger, Matt McGloin, and his son, Matthew, contributed this fantastic depiction of your Friendly Neighborhood Web Slinger. Matt has a great blog dedicated to the cosmic side of comics.  Check it out at!

The Thing! by Cate, Grace and Tim Miner

Tonight’s funny … Cate drew the Thing and said, “I gave him a space helmet.” Look at the brilliance. She just instinctively knew that Stan and Jack initially designed the ever-lovin’, blue-eyed Thing with a helmet. The kid’s a comics prodigy. As for Grace … she and I had a long talk about how to draw rocks. Magic father/daughter moments.

Two-Gun Kid by Cate, Grace and Tim Miner

Tonight it was my turn to pick, and I went with an old favorite – the Two-Gun Kid from Marvel’s old Western comics. Gracie decided to try her hand at sound effects with the pistols (and the “Giddyup!”). Cate “forgot to draw a head,” so she added over top of everything, even the hat … making poor Two-Gun look, well, rather like a tick. 🙂

UPDATED! The Beast by Cate, Gracie, Tim and Ken Miner

After Cate put the line on top of The Beast’s head, she said, “Now, he looks like a Lunch Lady…I mean, a Lunch Beast.” Then, she added a growl.

After seeing this post, a third generation jumped in! Grandpa Miner offered up his Don Martin-inspired take on everyone’s favorite furry Avenger.