Some monsters are surprisingly small, no bigger than a person or smaller still. They intimidate psychologically or with supernatural powers, not with size and strength. But then there are monsters that are big. Giant monsters are easy to understand. They are to humans what we are to ants, and we all know all too well how many ants we've stepped on.
With Monsters Unleashed going on at Marvel, and Kong: Skull Island currently in theaters, this feels like a great time to pay tribute to the various giant beasts and kaiju that have graced the covers of comic books for about as long as comics have existed.
Comics and gorillas have gone hand in furry hand since the earliest days of the medium, and this statement goes beyond simply superhero comics. While these great apes have certainly flourished within the superhero genre, they can also be found in numerous jungle action, science fiction, and horror stories in every era of comics. With the release of a new King Kong movie in theaters this week, it's a perfect time to take a survey of the history of gorillas in comics.
For as long as there have been comic books full of men and women dressed in bright colors performing heroic deeds, there have been comic books involving giant mutant gorillas standing in their way. It was established in the Silver Age that if you put a gorilla on the cover, you would sell more copies of that comic, so there's a wealth of amazing covers with noble apes front-and-center. This gallery collects some of the best.
While the Golden Age established comics as a medium, the Silver Age was when comic book art really came into its own. And it's worth noting that comics' Silver Age corresponded with a wider cultural fascination with science fiction. The actual Space Race was in full swing, and everybody was thinking about rocket ships, alien monsters, and the wonders of science.
This gallery collects some of the best sci-fi comic book covers of the Silver Age, featuring strange invaders, curious tech, and multiple threats to life as we know it.
This week sees the release of Vertigo's Strange Adventures anthology, featuring eight eight-page standalone sci-fi stories by creators like Paul Cornell, Peter Milligan and Jeff Lemire, plus an eight-page prelude to the next creator-owned opus by the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello/Eduardo Risso, Spaceman, scheduled to start this fall...
Vertigo released this week the Paul Pope-illustrated cover of Strange Adventures #1, the mature readers revival of DC Comics' venerable science fiction anthology. A one-shot going on sale later this year, Strange Adventures #1 features a who's who of Vertigo creators both new and old...
After slumming it in the mainstream DC Universe for most of the noughties, the Strange Adventures anthology is returning to Vertigo. Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan and Scott Snyder are just some of the writers contributing ten-page stories to the new Strange Adventures #1, which features a cover by Paul Pope and also includes the first chapter of Spaceman, created by the legendary 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso...
The year was 1960, the place New York City. DC Comics had just published its newest issue of "Strange Adventures," (#112 if you must know!) when an inadvertent and completely made-up-by-me crossover between the two titans of the comic book industry came smashing through the city courtesy Iron Man's toned thighs and shiny red boots...
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