So… I’m a Macross/Robotech fan (yes, you can be both) – and I guess this is obvious considering the domain name of this site) but this is double the joy here mixing that with a piece of Brandon Graham art that I recently added to the coffers. This piece, which you can see above and at his tumblr colored by Graham was a Kickstarter supporter reward commission from last year.
Whether a rookie card or the first appearance of a comic character I was trained by guides to value more things than others things in hobbies and recently I picked up some related to the Smurfs, a cartoon that was on constant rotation when I was really young.
The Smurfs, however, I think are MUCH older than most people think.
There was a lot going against this Bryan Lee O’Malley print reaching my hands.
I don’t usually buy prints, in might even be more accurate to say I’m even somewhat anti-print and always prefer to buy original art.
Also, while O’Malley is a rare creator that gets my dollar on any new project he does, he is a bit of an anomaly in that I don’t to date put any of his previous work in my personal pantheon even though the film adaptation of the work he is best known for, Scott Pilgrim, somehow exists as the most of odd of, I think, perfect films, even as it delivered on to us by the glorious Edgar Wright to little financial fanfare. I love that film.
I’m pretty excited about what Lemire and Kindt are doing in recent happenings in VALIANT comics but before the current VALIANT universe one of, if not the the major player in the original universe from the ’90s, one Jim Shooter, was ousted and went on to create DEFIANT comics. Among those that went with him was David Lapham, an artist/writer who would go on to win Eisners for his independent work. Lapham would be the artist on the debut comic from DEFIANT, but before he did that, before anyone did anything we could put in our hands, we got Mongrel.
We never saw him again.
When asked what the best comic covers are, I think most people try to choose something by one of the classic artists: Neal Adams, Jack Kirby, John Buscema, etc. But for me there is only one choice: Bill Sienkiewicz. I first noticed his art on the Moon Knight comics I was buying from quarter bins when I was eight years old. He was the first comic book creator whose name I knew.
To pick a favorite comic book cover isn’t easy– we’re bombarded with tons of new great images every week on the fronts of our favorite comic books. Even after I write this, I’ll go into my comic shop in a day and find just incredible artwork and new artists to look into on this weeks’ comics. So I’ll be biased this time, and pick a cover from one of my favorite artists, James Jean. To pick a favorite James Jean cover is a crime in itself, but his run on Umbrella Academy really stands together wonderfully as a set and beautiful individually. The covers were so narrative, and the characters had such personality, the world was so Mignola-esque. I loved the stylization and musical influence, you can tell Jean was having great fun working on these, and it showed through in the work.
This is a really hard one to answer, I was surprised HOW hard. I don’t want to pick something TOO obscure in an attempt to be original, I just want to focus on what a comic book cover is really all about; which is A) standing out on the comic rack beside a hundred other covers, and B) something on the cover that makes you want to pick up the comic and read it. A lot of “runs” came to mind when I was trying to figure this out: Dave McKean’s run on Sandman, James Jean’s run on Fables, John Cassaday’s on X-Men, Frank Quitely’s on All Star Superman, and Frank Miller’s 300 covers. But at the end of the day I have to go back to what I initially said, and that’s what is the ONE cover that froze me in my tracks when I walked in to the comic shop? And I’d have to say that was Brian Bolland’s cover for The Killing Joke.