Select Series Wave Twenty-Three: Kings of the Ring Edition!
Ink and watercolor on four pieces of 9" x 12" watercolor paper
Artwork by Rob Schamberger
Sometimes you just want to paint some crowns, man.
This wave of the Select Series celebrates a few of the Kings of the Ring from the past and present. King Harley Race, given that moniker when he came into WWE to speak to his storied accomplishments. Folks in the Kansas City area know that Harley kinda loved the gimmick to the point that his Cadillac had the personalized license plate 'KING' on it!
King Booker was a hilarious yet awesome evolution of the Booker T character. Book told me once that he patterned the idea off of a Shaw Brothers depiction of the martial arts master, the final boss that must be overcome. I can't stop thinking about that!
I may or may not have helped King Corbin, after he had fallen from grace and lost his crown, steal Big E's Money in the Bank Briefcase. I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it's good that Corb's is much more Happy now.
Finally, the King of the Ring that reinvented it all, that became what all after tried to be, the Macho King Randy Savage! Cream of the crop, the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, and funky like a monkey. Macho was already over the top but man he pushed it crazy far once that crown went on his head.