That’s it for this week’s look at the Myth comics, as Apple Comics picked up the publishing rights from WaRP Graphics, with new series artist Jim Valentino, of Image Comics fame:
Next week: not sure yet…tune in and find out.
Back in my high school days, I consumed an awful lot of fantasy novels. Then my best friend Jason introduced me to Robert Asprin’s MythAdventures series of humorous fantasy books, and I was hooked. However, I’ve actually never read any of the comics based on the books, but hope to track them down some day.
Myth Adventures #2 was published by WaRP Graphics in 1984, and featured cartoonist Phil Foglio’s artwork (as well as scripting, adapting the first book in the series, I believe). And check this out: inking Foglio was none other than current superstar, Tim Sale!
So, around the same time I discovered the Justice Machine from Comico, I also picked up one of the early issues of Dark Horse Presents, the seminal anthology series. Through that book, I discovered and fell in love with Paul Chadwick’s Concrete character, and started to pick up that book. here’s one of my favorite covers from the original run, published in 1987:
I mean, can you imagine going from Spider-man and Green Lantern…to this book? My mind was blown. You see this cover, and you know you’re in for a completely different storytelling experience.
Last week I featured some current books, so this week I’m going to go back in time and shine the spotlight on some of the earliest indie comics I ever picked up, starting with the series that started it all for me, Justice Machine:
This is a series with a very complicated publishing history, having come out under half a dozen different imprints. But I became familiar with it during its Comico incarnation, which this cover (featuring the artwork of Mike Gustovich) is from. The early issues had wraparound covers, which to me was such a unique thing, having only read Marvel and DC books to that point. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good scan of the full cover, but the back half features a couple of the team members in the water, fighting a shark. Here’s a real small version:
This issue was published in 1987. (Here are some other Justice Machine covers featured on ICS.)
Wrapping up this week’s look at some of the indie books I’m currently reading, here’s the variant cover to Shadowman #4, from Valiant Entertainment:
Now, normally I’m no fan of variant covers, which I see as a terrible sales gimmick that’s led to the industry’s downfall in the past, as is just a means towards a short-term money grab. But I’ll make an exception for the talented Mr. Dave Johnson, who drew this. If this cover doesn’t tell you exactly what you’re in for with this book, nothing will.
Continuing a look at series I’m currently reading, here’s a book I’ve featured before: Brian Woods’ The Massive:
This pseudo post-apocalyptic, environmentalist, pseudo science fiction/supernatural series from Dark Horse Comics is…well, difficult to classify really. But it’s highly unique, explores some new territory, and has a good mystery that’s been unfolding at a slow pace.
The cover here is by the talented John Paul Leon.
After a long hiatus, ICS is back, and I’m going to spotlight some current indie books I’ve been enjoying, starting with this cover for Storm Dogs #2, from Image Comics:
Cover art is by co-creator Doug Braithwaite, with colors by Sue Braithwaite. This science fiction series is co-created by writer Davine Hine, and deals with the age-old theme of indigenous cultures clashing with technologically advanced newcomers. A good read, with the first 6-ssue series having just wrapped up and “season two” coming soon.
OK, taking a break from the last few week’s worth of 80s American indie comics, I’m going to spotlight an entirely different creator this week: the incomparable Nicolas Mahler. Here’s a succinct blurb about this talented cartoonist, from Top Shelf publishing’s website: “Austrian cartoonist Nicolas Mahler is as unique as he is prolific, and his whimsical and minimalistic style have an appeal that is all its own.” Let’s start the week off with one of my favorite books by Mahler, Lone Racer:
There is no way I could even begin to explain the simple joy of this comic, so instead, here’s the link to a 9 page preview of the book on Top Shelf’s website.