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Captain America: First Vengeance

Captain America: First Vengeance Introducing Javi Fernandez

The artist of Captain America: First Vengeance #4 talks about breaking into comics and drawing Cap's movie tie-in!

By Jim Beard

CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE, the exclusive digital Captain America comic found only on the Marvel Comics App continues to heat up with issue #4, available soon. Not only does the story introduce fans to the world of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” in theaters July 22, but it also introduces new artist Javi Fernandez to Marveldom Assembled.

We caught up with Fernandez toiling away on his art in his new room in the House of Ideas and, just as Cap throws his mighty shield, tossed him a few questions about drawing CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE #4.

Captain America: First Vengeance #4 preview art by Javi Fernandez

Marvel.com: How did you get your start in drawing comics?

Javi Fernandez: I’m not sure of exactly when I started [drawing] comic books, because ever since I can remember I’ve always been drawing. I can say that as a fan, the first comic book that my brother gave me was during a time that I was in the hospital, and from then on [drawing comics] is what I really wanted to do.

Marvel.com: What are your favorite Marvel characters and why?

Javi Fernandez: There are so many that I just can´t decide on one. I like the kind of stories that have a little bit of everything; drama, humor…maybe the Fantastic Four is the group who has all these sorts of themes, from my point of view. But I´ll be glad to draw any Marvel character!

Marvel.com: What is your philosophy for drawing comic art? How do you approach the page and decide how to lay it out? Is it different for a digital comic as opposed to a hardcopy book?

Javi Fernandez: My way of work is a bit of a mess! Normally when I´m reading the script I do layouts from random panels, not usually thinking of the whole page. When I´ve read the entire script and I’ve done layouts from all the [individual panel] descriptions, [and] that’s when I try to create the page. Then I take out the unnecessary things, adjust the format, and give more energy to the things that I believe need it--always wondering if I’ve done a good job. And for me, there hasn’t been any difference in the work between a printed comic book and a digital one; the format and how I work is the same for me.

Captain America: First Vengeance #4 preview art by Javi Fernandez

Marvel.com: What was the most enjoyable aspect of your work as an artist on CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE? What part of it was a challenge?

Javi Fernandez: Well the nicest thing has been working with the character of Captain America. The more difficult thing for me was the war [setting in the story], as I had never done any war stories before. I think that every genre has its own language, the way to explain the stories and their rhythm. Trying to find the rhythm was what the challenge was for me. Also, putting realism into the costumes, the ambiance...

Marvel.com: What kind of research did you have to do get that World War II ambiance?

Javi Fernandez: [I looked at] movies, comic books, literature...that’s where I believe the answers lie to the “how and why” of every genre. When I watch movies I try to understand why each view is taken, trying to learn everything and then putting it on paper.

Marvel.com: What kind of projects or characters would you most like to work on in the future at Marvel?

Javi Fernandez: To become a better artist, I must do all kinds of projects. The Fantastic Four have their sense of humor, Daredevil has the darkness and Dr. Strange the mystical…that’s what makes then all perfect to learn from, graphically. So, honestly, [working on any of them] will teach me a lot.

Read CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE #1 for free right here, and download issues #1-3 now available on the Marvel Comics App!

Check out the official "Captain America: The First Avenger" teaser site as well as its news hub right here on Marvel.com for the latest on Cap's big screen adventure hitting theaters July 22!

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