St. Patrick’s Day – Lorna and Jean!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This was commissioned from j-likes-to-draw.

As you can see, the artist’s style is more realistic. She tried putting the headpieces on their heads but it didn’t look right. I was concerned it might not be obvious it’s Jean with it, so we went with putting them on the counter.

I considered Lorna and Wanda, or Lorna and Wanda and Jean, but ultimately I felt Wanda couldn’t really fit with my goal of working with the green and how long these two characters have known each other (since 1968!).

I’m pleased to finally present the big project I’ve been dying to reveal: the cover for a Polaris 50th anniversary minicomic!

I’ve commissioned Mlad for what will be multiple pages of what I think captures her history and core nature. The minicomic will be released as each page is completed over the course of the next several months.

I hope you all enjoy this and what’s to come as much as I have and will!

Past Polaris commissions – 50th Anniversary

It’s the 50th anniversary of Polaris aka Lorna Dane. To celebrate, I’m posting the SFW art I’ve commissioned since 2009. Some will be familiar to regulars cause I’ve posted it already. Some will seem new because it’s older, likely before I even had a Tumblr account.


I commissioned decoysnake on this one for Lorna’s 50th anniversary. It’s loosely based on the Kris Anka concept art of a more modernized costume that still retains her core look. I increasingly realize the beauty of this piece each time I look at it, like that uniform crease on her leg.


This is with boxofwant. In retrospect, I think my mind was too bogged down in Gifted’s idea of Lorna to realize that this doesn’t really fit her character as she really is outside that version of her. Still great work obviously! Love the swirl of her hair.


RenX has a series on various female characters punkified, and I commissioned him for that with Lorna and Wanda, also as part of the 50th anniversary. It’s cut off on the left because too much skin is showing for me to consider it SFW. His picks and art of the tattoos are what I enjoy most, very character-centric. What you can’t see in this version is Wanda’s kids’ names on Wanda’s ankles.


I commissioned Dwight Sanchez in 2015 during a $25 flash sale for this piece.


This one comes from InCaseArt (NSFW blog) from 2011. There’s a NSFW variant where Lorna uses her powers to make her costume. I wish at the time that I’d considered having that touch for a SFW version too.


If you’ve looked at my actual Tumblr page, you’ve seen this one. It’s on my background. soaps is a great artist I’ve known since before I discovered Lorna, and commissioned Rosa from FF4 pieces back then.

In this case, the commission is a result of how All-New X-Factor #14 (where Lorna and Wanda got to interact as sisters) was coming up but @marvelentertainment refused to do anything to promote or support it. Since Marvel wasn’t going to do anything, I wanted to commission something to spread the word.

I still love how this turned out. Captures the fun mood well. I remember when it was first posted that a couple cosplayers said they wanted to reenact this scene. I wonder if it ever actually happened.


Our last stop on art I’ve personally commissioned is right here with MikazukiShigure from 2012.

At the time, Avengers vs X-Men was going on but Marvel was deliberately excluding Lorna from taking meaningful part in the event – despite the fact that the family dynamics were part of the story. The idea behind this art was for a mock-up cover of an AvX issue that should’ve happened but never did, where Lorna and Wanda face off.

My thought was Lorna going after Wanda because of all the pain Wanda unknowingly caused by getting depowered on M-Day. Headcanon, they’d fight but during the fight eventually come to an understanding before either of them could “win.” Then from there, have a much better relationship as sisters.


There’s one more piece here that I did NOT commission.


An online pal commissioned this from DarkShadowArtworks as a gift, in 2014. The “title” up top has generating some good discussion before of what a title font for a solo book for her might look like.

That’s all! This is what I’ve commissioned (or for the final piece, was gifted via commission) that’s SFW up to now. There’s still more to come.

Polaris of the Green Hair

I had some thoughts on my drive in to work today concerning Lorna’s beautiful and awesome green hair. And because I love writing these articles, I’ve decided to make writing them into part of my celebration of Lorna’s 50th anniversary.

As most fans know, Lorna used to dye her hair brown to hide her green hair.


She’s had that green hair ever since. So here’s the question: Why was Lorna dyeing her hair?

These are a few theories.

Foster Parent Protection

This is the theory I’ve held longest, but it’s only as I start to write this post that I realize it’s not the only possible reason.

Lorna is growing in a world that fears and hates mutants. What if her foster parents knew she was a mutant and hid it from her? Perhaps Magneto took Lorna to the only living family other than himself that could take her in, explained his desire for Lorna to lead a normal life, and the Danes took over from there.

Even if the Danes didn’t know Lorna was secretly a mutant, the visual signifier could have led people to believe she was a mutant and attack her. So, it could have been a matter of protection.

Subconscious Aversion

This is a theory I don’t like (at least right now), but as it’s a possibility I’m including it.

Lorna’s green hair came about when her powers manifested – and she accidentally killed her parents. In other words, in a child’s mind, green hair = trauma and death. Mastermind may have altered her mind to make completely forget, but trauma is not just the memories themselves. It’s the echoes they leave in the mind, and that would have been difficult to impossible to erase.

So, Lorna dyeing her hair may have been a small part of her that remembered the feeling of her trauma and didn’t have the tools to get past it, so she avoided it. She dyed it brown, her hair color from before her powers awakened, after all.


And then there’s kids.

Kids are horrible to other kids that stand out “too much.” Just about anything could be grounds for bullying and harassment, and green hair is astoundingly showy in a room full of kids with brown, black, blonde or red hair. As she says in her introductory story, she dyes her hair to “avoid attracting the curious.” What if in this case, that meant kids who wanted to pick on her for it?

Similarly, maybe it made her more of a target for sexual harassment, and her method of dealing with it back then was to “dress down.”

End of Hair Dye

So with these three theories, I come to the final thing I wanna bring up. She stopped dyeing her hair after her powers were restored and she realized she was a mutant. Why?

Here’s what I think: she’s discovered who she is as a mutant and now embraces what that green hair means for her. Her green hair isn’t just a quirk of genetics. It’s symbolic of her identity. It no longer represents something to fear or be ashamed of. It represents her power, her courage, her calling as a mutant.

She never dyes her hair again because deep down, no matter what she says or does, subconsciously she loves being a mutant and standing out as one. Any claims made to the contrary are false. If they weren’t, why would she go around showing off the most visible sign of her mutant identity?