Comics covers are strange beasts. While comics themselves are sequential art --- pictures arranged in just the right order to tell a story or convey an emotion --- covers freeze that process into a single static image. But Mike Del Mundo's work at Marvel shows that they can be much more than pretty pictures.
You don't need me to tell you that Del Mundo's covers are gorgeous. He's an incredible draftsman with an even stronger sense of design. Covers let him push the latter talent to the fore, dancing through various styles, from stark two-color minimalism to detailed paintings, via pastiches of Escher and Art Deco posters, all depending on what suits this issue best.
IDW has made excellent, if limited, use of Popeye after they acquired the license for E.C. Segar's iconic comic strip character. They published the excellent 12-issue series featuring original material by Roger Langridge and a handful of other artists that managed to capture some of the raucous spirit of the original Segar comedy adventures. They published a very weird Mars Attacks Popeye one-shot crossover by Martin Powell and Terry Beatty. And, since 2012, they've been publishing Popeye Classic Comics, which reprints the comic book work of long-time Popeye cartoonist Bud Sagendorf.
While the content may be classic, the marketing has been decidedly modern. The series has often featured variant covers, a popular tactic for claiming rack space in comic book shops. Unlike most comics, however, Popeye Classic — a product of IDW's relationship with Yoe Books — rather exclusively features excellent, often oddball artwork from some unlikely artists.
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.
To help you celebrate October 31st, we've assembled 101 comic book covers (expanding on our previous 70) to give you a mixed bag of fun Halloweenart, trick-or-treat style. Dig in, after the jump. Just be sure to bring a flashlight and wear plenty of reflective tape.
Last year we collected 110 classic comic book covers celebrating different aspects of the holiday season and it was so popular, we've decided to add even more images to the fray this year. In the grand tradition of Pokémon, there's 150 (sorry, 649 wasn't in the cards this time around) covers for you to browse. Dig into the seasonal goodness after the jump.
In addition to hearing my dad sing his rendition of "Five Fat Turkeys Are We" to me over the phone (which my siblings and I burned into his brain over the course of many grade school assemblies), one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditionsis hitting my search engine of choice to skim comic book covers celebrating the baked bird/tofurky-filled American holiday. Unlike the arguably more popular Christmas and Halloween holidays, however, there's just not a ton of Thanksgiving comic book covers to go around. But be thankful! There's at least, like, 35 of them, which I've collected in no particular order for you to browse after the jump. Be warned, though, for whatever reason Donald Duck really wanted to murder his fellow fowl back in the day.
A great comic book cover is both an advertisement and a work of art. It is both a statement and an invitation. Sometimes a great cover conveys character, sometimes mood, sometimes moment. Great covers can pastiche the classics or pay tribute to the past, or they can strive to show us something new...
It's the holiday season, and Santa Claus or whoever suits your taste is coming back. The holiday snow is white on the ground, or maybe just nonexistent depending on your climate. In any case, when old Santa or totally non-Santa gets into town, they'll be coming down the chimney, down...
It's October 31, which means that in addition to being the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Nevada becoming a state and Vanilla Ice's being born, it's also totally Halloween. So, Happy Halloween...
Contrary to popular belief, you should judge books by their covers. These days, covers are a marketing tool meant to sell you a comic. Since companies want you to buy their books, their job is to come up with the most appropriate, or attractive, cover to get the job done...
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