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Subj: Re: I'd like an opinion on an idea I have for a fanfic involving Frank Castle, and X-23
Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 12:53:47 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I'd like an opinion on an idea I have for a fanfic involving Frank Castle, and X-23
Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 09:05:32 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Managed to get in another 5,000 words today. I really feel like I'm on a roll! From now on I won't be revealing any more of the story except to those who want to partake in it a little bit (and get credit, of course, I am going to be searching for some artists too.) If ANYONE wants to draw me a picture of Frank Castle at 72 here is my description. As I said earlier, I'm disabled and unepmployed, however. I will make my promise to you that if you comission me a good picture I WILL find a to pay you for it, even if it takes me past January to do it.
72 years old, but think how in hot rods of death how his 'nam buddy commented on how Frank at 60-62 (we aren't too clear on that are we?) looks damn near 45. Well the past ten years have added a lot more stress lines to Frank, and in keeping to the tone of the story. I want him to look so grizzled, yet still sexy (to women like O'brien or women who like super manly-men in the sense they are hairy and big).
He will have an approx. 4 inch scar running up the right side of his cheek right into his lips. Someone attempted to carve a smile in Frank. I want his normal extremely intimidating bad-boy frown to contrast this.
He has wild hair to his shoulders (much to his dismay), his widow's peak is marred by a slight scar that cuts across his skull (the one mentioned earlier) and sort of parts his hair ever-so-slightly in a diagonal from his right ear to the widow's peak. I don't want it to part his hair too much, he still has a full head of hair minus some recession (think the way Frank looked in Up is Down, Black is White.) So basically the scar starts from the very top of his forehead (where it is most visable) runs along the widows peak, curves back towards his ear. As if someone had tried to slice through his skull into his brain, and it dug deep, but not deep enough.
Shirt-off, or in tatters. Visably I want a four-pack to be showing, no longer a six-pack. With what looks to be a huge gun-wound that has healed into a gruesome scar that makes his four-pack and stomach look like hamburger in some places, and perfectly fine in others.
His forearms are still big and veiny. His biceps are 18.5 inches (which is what mine were when I was boxing. Not enough to slow you down, but enough to make you strong enough to life 350+ lbs). His shoulders on the other hand should look slightly over-sized. From a life-time of humping the boonies with 50+ lbs of gear, carrying men both struggling, limp and dead. And to show that on top of him naturally keeping in shape, he was born with the genes of an Ox.
Research Jim Jefferies (old, old-school boxer, first super-heavyweight, ever, imo). That is the body I imagine Frank Castle having in his prime. Now, he is still very close to that, but he is starting to feel the weight of age. So add a slight hunch. He has after all, suffered his share of nasty falls and slipped-disks.
Now I want him to be wearing combat pants. On his knees I want to see a knee-brace that looks like something he stole outta Tony Stark or Dr. Doom's lab. Very metalic looking, with a Punisher-skull painted on it. These allow him to absorb impact from very high falls, and keep what's left of his cartilidge in place.
This frank should look like a mixture of Frank from the cover of MU VS Punisher #4 (which is almost Conan-ey) and Frank from The End. But with far more wear'n'tear than either looks they had in those.
Basically this Frank should look like a chizzled-statue that has been chipped at. Like his recent encounter with Jason Aaron's work, which he touched upon Frank living with constant discomfort (as a disabled martial artist I know how it feels). But I want it to be the point here to where even his stoic face is showing signs of physical pain in his eyes and scowl. Frank has to look haggard, yet tough, worn, yet ready to eat a bowel of rusty nails and wrestle an ox. At least thats the "air" he gives about him.
This picture should illustrate everything that Frank is as an old war horse. While showing the inevitability of his own humanity, and his willingness to continue. Also, it should hint (in the knee-pads) that he WILL do what it takes to keep fighting. His body is a weapon, as he said. He maintains it like any other weapon. When a weapon is damaged it gets new parts. That is what this is heading to.
IF someone would like to do this for me I would be forever grateful. And if it is the kind of quality I'm looking for I give you my word that I will make it worth your effort in the long run. Also, if you do it I have Post-injection Frank. Which will show him with less scaring, his old hair style, and less scaring and he will actually weight a little less, looking more agile. Plus I want him to be wearing a uniform that is a mixture of the trenchcoat unfirom the classic one, and the uniform they used in the new Universal Soldier Movie (or the body armor suit from Batman Begins, with a his skull on the chest, instead . Althoug hit shouldn't look like a rip-off, add your own flare to it!) I don't want him flying around in War Machine armor or Stark armor (although he might have a stint doing that in the future, in this 'verse). But armor that shows he is ready to wage total war. And honestly, if you were a brilliant tactician like Frank is, why wouldn't you get your hands on the most flexible/durable armor possible?
Anyone down to tackle at least one pic for me? Like I said, if it's good enough and this story takes off like I hope it does. It could be good for both of us, plus I vow to pay for it when I can, or return the favor somehow. IF you are in Salt Lake City, we can work something out for sure.
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