10,000 metres beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean lies Aquarius Base – a vast, secret complex built and staffed by the Zodiac crime syndicate.
Marvel Fact Files are a magazine series which detail the fictional universe featured in Marvel Comics publications. The magazine collection is published in the UK by Eaglemoss Collections starting in 2013.
The Aquarius Base has a number of varied representations in Marvel comics over the years. The key starting point in creating the illustration of the base and the inset shots of the base entry hatch, Hydro Spider, Photonic Pinocchio and Zodiac Attack Craft was to study all the available reference material. This clarified consistent and important elements to focus on, and then work out how to bring it all together.
Through the set of illustrations, the Marvel story of The Aquarius Base is now reborn with all the drama it truly deserves. All the key aspects in the original comics are now considered and brought together rationally into the various scenes. The base and inset views were modelled in 3D using software Cinema 4D. The final rendered files were retouched in Photoshop to add further depth and atmosphere.