Phil Noto knows how to create a stylish retro vibe, and he can conjure up a soft-edged gauzy aesthetic that perfectly evokes the nostalgic familiarity of photographs from the 1960s and 70s. It's a talent that he exploited to beautiful effect in a series of pieces for his Tumblr that presented Silver Age Marvel heroes in the mode of old celebrity snaps from Life Magazine; the images that would have existed if these heroes had been real in the age they were created.
Those Tumblr images are the clear inspiration for a month of Phil Noto variant covers at Marvel this February, though the inspiration stretches beyond Life Magazine pastiches to cover hip-hop, fashion photography, and even candid personal images. Several of the covers were released this week courtesy of Marvel, Comic Vine, CBR and Newsarama, and they're a gorgeous selection of images, so we've collected them all in one place for your appreciation.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
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Though the menace that is Krampus traditionally taunts/beats/drags children off to meet the devil during the first two weeks of December, it's always a good idea to maintain vigilance throughout the entire holiday season - especially if you're a ComicsAlliance reader. If you read our stuff, we can only imagine the kind of comic book content you indulged in over the course of 2010. Lucky for you, we had renowned creator Anthony Clark illustrate a proper greeting card warning that helps us all maintain vigilance should the demonic punishment Krampus come a calling!
The Munich-based artist known as Glasmond has a way with superheroes, capturing them in cute scenes that bring out their youthful spirits. It's plain to see the artist's affection for her favorite characters in a recent Christmas-themed illustration assembling a paternal Bruce Wayne and young versions of his
I'm going to go out on a festively decorated limb here and guess that you are, of course, already familiar with Mike Maihack's fantastic and adorable Batgirl/Supergirl strips. He's been doing them for a few years now, chronicling the perky, cheerful Kryptonian heroine, the slightly grumpier Gotham City vigilante, and their continuing adventures as best friends.
They're all pretty great, but my favorites by far are the annual Christmas specials. This year, though, they're even more special than usual, as Batgirl and Supergirl are joined by a special guest star for an evening of caroling in exchange for candy. It's a Christmas Miracle!
Major comics publishers were pretty light on holiday stories and holiday specials this year, but there's no need to be blue this holiday season - CA's still got plenty of Great Holiday Comics That Never Happened to enjoy from artists like Steven Sanders, Nate Bellegarde,Dean Trippe and Kevin Mellon. You can counteract this year's lack of holiday offerings with some classic (if non-canonical) covers below.
Christmas is finally here, and while the CA staff, we'd like to take a look back at one of our favorite original art series every, the 12 Days of Christmas by the comics artists of Periscope Studio that reimagine the 12 days of the classic Christmas carol with a nerdy twist. Join us now as we count down through all twelve wonderfully nerdy images like 10 Lord Vaders a Leaping, 7 Bella Swans a Swimming, and 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtledoves, from comics creators like Steve Lieber, Jeff Parker and Colleen Coover. Click through to embiggen the images, and have a very Merry Christmas!
If hundreds and hundreds of holiday comics, TV specials and movies have taught us anything, it's that Christmas is a time of truly magical sights. And that even applies if you're somewhere like Gotham City, where"magical sights" tend to be the last thing you see before you're murdered by a mental patient or, if you're lucky, rescued by an equally terrifying vigilante. 'Tis the season for miracles!
So today, we're offering up the last of our four ComicsAlliance holiday cards, featuring art by the inimitable Anthony "Nedroid" Clark! Click through to see the full card and get a full-sized printable versionyou can give to your friends as a reminder that hey, maybe spending time at the grandparents' wasn't so bad after all!
Tomorrow marks this year's final observance of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. In honor of the holiday, cartoonist Jon Morris created an illustration of one of comics' Jewish characters for each night of Hanukkah, including some superheroes and cartoonified real-life legends, to create a cool and clever comic book menorah.
The creator of the Cornered, DC Fifty-Too and Marvel Universe Too blogs is an artist frequently spotlightedhere on ComicsAlliance, but Morris may have outdone himself with this lovely holiday series. Note how each character is perfectly expressed not just in how Morris draws them, but in the way they interact with their candles i.e. Batwoman perching on hers or Arthur worrying about dropping his.
Last year we collected 150 classic comic book covers celebrating the Santa-ier aspects of the holiday season and it was so popular, we dug into even more covers. Seriously, there's at least 200 now. There may even be more! Our fingers are covered in tape and bows and whatever from wrapping presents and cats are knocking over trees and there's a Tofurkey feast burning in the oven. It's chaos, man. Distract yourself from the season of giving with 200+ holiday comic book covers after the cut.
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