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.
A good number of of the old comics which continue to influence the aesthetic interests of this website were first discovered by me in 2001, during an epic quest into the deepest, darkest parts of the convention floor at San Diego Comic-Con. I'd pledged to identify and purchase as many hardcover collections, paperbacks, graphic novels or other comics-with-spines as I could, so long as they were things I'd never heard of before (this was very easy to do for a child of the '90s, since Wizard was unlikely to devote any time to anything useful like that). I bought so many comics that year that even today, some remain in my "unread" pile.
One of the books I discovered was The Shadow: 1941, a hardcover graphic novel by the great Denny O'Neil and Michael Kaluta with Russ Heath and Mark Chiarello, published by Marvel. Despite the auspicious pedigree of its creators, I'd never heard of the book, had no idea Marvel ever published Shadow comics, and didn't really know anything about the character anyway. As such, it was exactly the sort of forgotten, out-of-print gem I was looking for.
Subtitled Hitler's Astrologer, this Shadow book is exactly the dark, globe-trotting adventure of war and mysticism that its title and cover suggest. It's a gorgeous pleasure of a comic book, and more than two decades since it was originally released, Dynamite Entertainment are reissuing it this week.
In honor of May's The Avengers film, Marvel Comics is peppering the month of April with some fun variant covers depicting Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the styles of some of history's greatest artists like Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Monet and Pollock, just because. The comics artists creating those visions include Gabriele Dell'Otto, Micha
On sale this week from IDW Publishing is the second issue of Memorial, the new creator-owned urban fantasy series by Eisner-nominated iZombie writer Chris Roberson and drawn by Rich Ellis with covers by the legendary Michael Kaluta. Exploring the rich landscape of myths and legends in a manner distinctly brighter than that of The Sa
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To coincide with this summer's Captain America: The First Avenger feature film, Marvel has commissioned a series of themed variant covers to be made available with comics on sale in June and July. Titles from across the line will have alternate "I Am Capt
Marvel's Man-Thing has earned a pretty heroic reputation of late in the pages of Jeff Parker and Kev Walker's Thunderbolts, but his trademark burning touch may prove to be a liability to the Marvel U during Fear Itself. Leave it to Howa