Wow, hard to believe, but this is the 200th installment of ICS! Be sure to check the archives for all the previously featured covers.
So I had almost forgotten about this rather strange artifact of the late 90s, which I have in my longboxes somewhere: Lost Heroes.
Created, written, and drawn by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts (which, surprisingly, are still around, though not, it seems, as an active comic book publisher). It was a modern fantasy-adventure series about…honestly, I don’t remember at all. It ran for 5 issues (including the #0) before publications ceased.
And yes, that’s Mark Hammill and Julie Strain on the cover. In fact, the book’s whole schtick was that all the characters’ looks were based on the likenesses of actors, used with permission. Who else “starred” in Lost Heroes?
- Kevin Eastman (TMNT)
- Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5)
- Jason Carter (Babylon 5)
- Walter Koenig (that famous TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
- Peter Jurasik (Babylon 5)
- Bill Mumy (that old TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
- Richard Biggs (Babylon 5)
Hey, I’m detecting a pattern here…what TV show ended in 1998, leaving a whole bunch of actors with plenty of free time on their hands? Oh, right, Babylon 5.
Now I want to dig out my back issues and re-visit the series…
Another long hiatus for ICS has ended. Let’s just jump into it with our look at covers for various independently published comics. Leading off this return is Age of Heroes #1:
This fantasy series was written by James Hudnall and featured the artwork of John Ridgway. Hudnall self-published it through his Halloween Comics imprint in 1996. I think the venture folded by issue #3. There was a one-shot special later through Image, and I think at some point Hudnall finished the initial story arc in a TPB, but I lost track of the details.
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.
Continuing our look at all-ages comic books, here’s Christian Slade’s graphic novel, Korgi:
And just for the fun of it, here’s a picture of our corgi, Brutus:
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!
And we wrap up a look at the Elementals with the cover to issue #17:
Cover by Bill Willingham, 1987.
Elementals week continues with a cover referencing the 1986 erotic drama film, 9 1/2 Weeks:
Cover by series creator, Bill Willingham.
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 spotlight some newer comics I’ve been reading, starting with The Fuse, from Image Comics:
I love this very simple graphic design cover by Justin Greenwood.
Wrapping up this week’s theme of books from the long-defunct Adventure Publications, here’s their first foray into the sci-fi genre, Star Rangers:
Cover by Dave Dorman, 1987.