(unpublished original art)
Artist: Thom Zahler
Thom Zahler has absolutely nothing to do with Marvel Two-in-One. He writes an independent book titled Love and Capes. My wife and I were introduced to it via a Free Comic Book Day issue in 2010, and fell in love with the style and sweet/romantic sense of humor; Mr. Zahler describes the book himself as a romantic superhero situation comedy. I strongly recommend it, and as I write (mid-2010) you can pick up the first 12 issues in a set of two trades, and its going to move to IDW and start coming out there in December.
In any case, my wife and I attended the San Diego Comic Con in July of 2010, and I pre-ordered a Love and Capes t-shirt from Mr. Zahler for her as a surprise, and after meeting him there, commissioned a Ms. Marvel (my wife's favorite character) sketch as another gift for her. He does the color electronically, so basically he did the sketch when he got home (if I hadn't gotten color he would have done it for me while we were all in San Diego) and then colored it. After sending us an electronic copy to make sure it was okay, he then sent us the original and a color print. The plan was to frame them together and put them on her office wall at work. Then it got odd... I took them in and had them framed, and the framer, despite having done many many standard not-even-vaguely sexual comic art pieces for me over the years, decided this one was sexual - she rotated it ninety degrees, putting Ms. Marvel on her back with her legs spread open. While it was easy to correct the orientation before hanging it, now we couldn't _not_ see that when we looked, and the picture never went into my wife's office. So, in 2012 when I attended Seattle Comic Con, I precontacted Mr. Zahler (who still does not know that part of the story, and never will unless he reads this page!), and arranged to get her a second Ms. Marvel (in her older costume this time), which is happily completely non-sexual no matter which way you turn the page. Neither will end up in her office at all now, but they will be both professionally framed side by side in her workspace at home.
At Christmas of 2013, with the divine Ms. M achieving new popularity as Captain Marvel, we went back to Mr. Zahler yet again for an XMas present for my wife, now in that new costume. For some reason I never scanned the black-and-white art before framing this, so I only have the color version online here. They make a lovely informal triptych on her wall, in any case.
I highly recommend both his books and Mr. Zahler himself (he was very cordial and pleasant, and has become one of the few creators I now follow on Facebook/Twitter) - if you like, skim his commissions and consider getting one yourself! Its mostly cartoony "good girl" art, but I find myself strongly tempted to contact him again and find out what kind of Ben Grimm he would do.
By the by, there's a much better quality, but watermarked, version of the color version of the first one of these posted by the artist at http://twitpic.com/2fyyar. FYI, I generally only posted low-quality (400 pixel width, 72 or 100 dpi) versions here, both to reduce load times and protect the originator's rights.
Okay, one more Zahler piece. My wife has wanted something to show pencils vs. inks vs. colors for the non-comics inclined, potentially for use in classes at school (we have something along these lines, though slightly old school, with my MTIO 69 page). So, at that 2012 Seattle Comic Con, I solicited this "triple shot" of the school mascot, which is framed on her campus office wall!