Here’s another fun 80s series that I’ve featured multiple times on ICS, and this week I’m doing a two-fer:
Issue #13 was published by Eclipse Comics in January, 1987, under a cover by the stellar Tim Truman.
Most of the Airboy issues had fantastic, action-packed covers, and #22 is no exception. Published May, 1987, this issue features a cover by Ron Wagner.
I’ve featured Marc Hempel’s bittersweet book Gregory before, and today you get a two-fer of one of the most underrated dark humor series ever:
Volume 3 was published in 1993 by DC’s Piranha Press imprint.
And volume 4, the last in the series, came out later that same year.
I suspect Hempel owns the rights to this book (at least, I hope it’s free and clear of any legal entanglements) so maybe some day some publisher will put together an omnibus collection of this fantastic series.
Let’s go back to 2009, and yet another Aliens mini-series from Dark Horse Comics:
This cover painting was by Raymond Swanland.
Brian Woods’ The Massive recently ended its 30 issue run, so in honor of a pretty good little series, I’m featuring the cover for its final issue:
This issue was published in December, 2014. The cover art is by the super talented John Paul Leon, who provided all the covers for the series. Although the last story arc seemed a bit rushed, I still enjoyed the series as a whole and thought the ending was appropriate to the tone of the book.
Rounding out our look this week at indie comics I know nothing about, here’s a fantasy book called Dragon Knights:
Published in 1998 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics), the book is by Jeremy Tinker and Paul Way, who provides the cover as well. It looks like only 1 issue was ever published.
This week, I’ll be featuring a couple of books I don’t know anything about. The first is Halo & Sprocket:
Created, written, and drawn by cartoonist Kerry Callen, and published in 2003 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics). From what I can tell, it’s about an angel and a robot bestie.
Here’s a look at The Elementals #6:
Art by series creator Bill Willingham. Published by Comico, February 1986.
Merry Christmas, loyal blog readers. In honor of today’s holiday, here’s a bevy of weird independent comic book covers that have something to do with Christmas:
Art: Dan Fraga. Published: 1996, Maximum press
Art: James O’Barr. Published: 1989, Caliber Press.
Art: unknown. Published: 1991, Vortex.
Art: Dave Stevens. Published: 1988, Comico.
Art: Dan Day . Published: 1999, ACG.
Art: Mike Deodato Jr. Published: 1995, Image Comics.
I don’t know which cover is more disturbing, the Christmas Horror Special, or the horrible anatomy on the Glory cover where she’s giving a handjob to a snowman…
This week I’ll be spotlighting the Elementals again, the book that put Bill Willingham on the map:
Cover art by Bill Willingham, published by Comico, June 1985. A lot of Comico’s early books had wrap-around covers, which I loved.
This week, I’m revisiting a title I’ve featured several times before, the high adventure series Dragonring, from Aircel publishing:
This issue came out in November of 1987, and featured some of the earliest artwork of Dale Keown, who would go on to a short-lived superstardom on Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, and his own indie series, The Pitt.
Continuing the painted cover spotlight (does airbrushing count as painting?), here’s a book I’ve featured here before, Lost Heroes:
And yes, all 3 characters are based on actors, most prominently Mark Hammill.
Art by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts.
A couple of painted covers in the spotlight this week, starting with Dan Brereton’s The Nocturnals #2:
Published in 1995 by Bravura, the creator-owned imprint of Malibu. Brereton was probably the highest profile painter when it came to comics in the 90s, doing works for Eclipse, Malibu, DC, Marvel, and more. I loved this series, with its gorgeous visuals and fun occult/horror storylines.