Building On Kirby’s Designs
♦ One of Thor’s deadliest adversaries, Mangog, which debuted in Thor#154 back in 1968, is back to cause trouble for the God of Thunder. Marvel.com just chatted to current Thor artist Russell Dauterman about his approach to drawing one of Thor’s greatest threats…
Marvel.com: Russell, what do you love most about Jack Kirby’s original design for Mangog?
Russell Dauterman: I love how super weird it is! Kirby’s Mangog really looks monstrous and foreign and unlike anything you’d see in real life. The proportions also help make Mangog feel like an otherworldly creature. I especially love his mouth and his teeth. The proportions are so great.
Marvel.com: What did you want to bring to the design with this run in MIGHTY THOR?
Russell Dauterman: I wanted to keep that wonderful weirdness that the Kirby design has, but to update it with a more visceral feel. Mangog is a being born out of rage, and this fight is so emotion-filled. I made some elements of his design a little more organic to help convey that.
Marvel.com: What sorts of scenes do you love drawing for Mangog the most?
Russell Dauterman: Jason Aaron’s made a point to distinguish Mangog’s fight scenes from ones he’s written in other scripts—these feel particularly brutal. Since Mangog is a more monstrous villain than we’ve had before, I’m getting the opportunity to let loose and depict some more savage stuff.
Marvel.com: What else do you really dig about Jason’s take on the character?
Russell Dauterman: I really love the unbridled rage that Jason’s writing for Mangog. We’ve had serious threats for Thor over the past few years, but none where the villain was so bloodthirsty and brutal. Jason writes a truly terrifying Mangog, and I’m trying to bring that through in the art.