Indie Cover Spotlight: Rough Raiders Annual #1

Here’s a company that I had a bit of history with in my early days of trying to break into the business…

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Let’s just say I did a lot of unpaid work for them and leave it at that.

The cover for this book was done by Steven Hughes, who gained fame as the artist of Evil Ernie and Lady Death, before his untimely death at an early age. Published by Blue Comet Press in 1990.

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    Indie Cover Spotlight: Hero Alliance Quarterly #2

    Today’s cover is an early one from Brian Stelfreeze:

    HeroAllianceQrt2-Dec1991

    This issue was published in December 1991 by Innovation.

    There’s an interesting story that goes along with the cover: I always thought there was something familiar about the texture of the background, especially the “ridges” on her collar. Years after this book came out, I was at a comic con and speaking to one of the artists who had worked on the book (I can’t remember who, unfortunately) and he said that he remembered this cover because Brian drew it on the inside of a pizza box after a show, just passing the time. Apparently that was good enough for Innovation, who used it as a cover.

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      Indie Cover Spotlight: The Mark #2

      Continuing a look at African American artists in the comics field, here’s an early superhero comic published by Dark Horse in 1987:

      TheMark2-DH-Dec1987

      Cover art by Larry Stroman, who would go on to draw the second volume of Alien Legion (for Epic), the latest Alien Legion mini-series (for Titan), as well as his own very short-lived creator owned series Tribe.

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