Today’s featured cover is from 1982, the Eclipse monthly magazine/anthology:
Cover art by Carl Potts, probably best known for his works at Marvel. Published by Eclipse comics, and featuring the works of Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, Hunt Emerson, Trina Robbins, Don McGregor, and more.
One of my favorite fantasy titles, from the immensely talented Zander Cannon:
This is the cover to the trade paperback collecting the first story arc. Published by Slave labor in 1997. It follows the adventures of a slave boy named Knute, his many attempts at escape from a dungeon, and an epic story involving finding a replacement for the God of Death. The story was funny and poignant and adventurous, with expressive artwork by Cannon.
This week, I’ll be revisiting some series I’ve featured here before, starting with Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting:
This charming series was originally self-published in 1997 by her own Olio imprint, before being picked up by Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books in 2000. Fantagraphics also did a stint as publisher.
On Tuesday I featured the first mini-series, and today I’ll showcase the second volume:
Cover painting by Adam Adamowicz.
MIB returned for a second 3-issue mini series in 1991, once again by creators Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers, and published by Aircel. Like almost all other indie comics of the era, this book faded into complete obscurity. Except in this case, 6 years later the mega successful movie adaptation made the concept a household name.
Where does a billion dollar film franchise begin? Right here, with this obscure black-and-white indie comic:
Created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers, and published by Aircel (by then an imprint of Malibu) in 1990. I’ve actually never read the comic, but I’m sure there’s not a whole lot in it that resembles the mega-successful film adaptation that made it a household name.
Cover art by Max Fellwalker.
Here’s another Birthday themed cover, the graphic novel The Birthday Riots:
Created by cartoonist Nabiel Kanan, and published by NBM in 2001.
This week is my birthday week, so I fugured that’s a good theme for the couple of covers I’ll be posting, starting with 1995’s Happy Birthday, Martha Washington #1:
This one-shot, by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, is part of the “Give Me Liberty” series created by the two. Published by Dark Horse Comics.
The fantastic Mr. Bolland has some of his earlier British short stories collected in this issue and published in the US by Eclipse Comics:
The books contained 2 stories: “Vampire Carnival” written by Steve Parkhouse, and “Plague of the Undead” by Steve Moore. Published in 1985.
For some reason, Young Dara quite liked this fantasy series with great cheesecake art…
Art by Michael Thibedeaux. Published by Genesis West, 1988.
Continuing our look at Matt Wagner’s Grendel series, here’s the cover to the second volume, which ran for 40 issues:
Cover (and interiro) art by The Pander brothers (Arnold and Jacob). Writtten by Matt Wagner. Published in 1986 by Comico.
Matt Wagner’s Grendel series was one of the seminal works of the 80s and 90s. Here’s the start of the whole saga in 1983:
Cover art by Matt Wagner. Published by Comico.
Yes, I’ve featured this particular series before. And yes, for the purposes of this feature, I’m counting Marvels’ imprint Epic as an indie publisher, given the creator-owned nature of a lot of their books.
Cover painting by Paul Johnson. Published by Epic Comics, 1990.