Wrapping up this week’s look at all-ages comics, how could we not feature the juggernaut of the bunch, from Columbus’ own Jeff Smith, here’s the cover to Bone issue 31:
Self-published by Jeff through his Cartoon Books imprint, 1988.
Since I’ll be appearing at the Claire’s Day children’s book festival this Saturday, I’ve decided to make this week’s theme for ICS all-ages comics. let’s kick it off with Andy Runton’s wonderful series of graphic novels, Owly:
These silent tales of Owly and his friends are charming, clever, and just plain fun. Highly recommended!
Welcome back to our spotlight on independent comic book covers. This week’s theme will be Bill Willingham’s seminal work, the Elementals:
Most of the issues in volume 1 of the series had wrap-around covers, as seen here. Given the team’s status as celebrities, this particular homage to the famous Beatles album cover fit in quite well with the book’s theme.
Wrapping up a look at some newer comics, here’s Undertow, from Image Comics:
“Atlantis is the world superpower, and Redum Anshargal is its worst enemy. If you want to break free of the system, he can offer you a place at his side, exploring the wild surface world in his watertight city barge The Deliverer. He and his hostage-protege Ukinnu Alal hunt the Amphibian, a legend that could be the key to an air-breathing life on land.”
Cover art by Artyom Trakhanov.
I was completely taken by surprise by Joe Casey’s re-imagining of several of Dark Horse’s superhero characters in this 9 issue mini-series, the pseudo-anthology Catalyst Comix:
Very inventive and bombastic; just a fun read all around. The wraparound cover to this issue was done by the inimitable Raphael Grampa.
This week, I’m going to feature a publisher I’ve spotlighted before: Adventure Publications. They started out with several fantasy titles, then slowly branched out into sci-fi, before ultimately being devoured by Malibu Comics. Today’s spotlight is on their flagship title, The Adventurers:
This is the cover to issue #1 of volume 3, which only lasted 6 issues. Painted by Iain McCraig, published in 1989.