Probably my favorite series from Adventure Publications, the horribly-named Ninja Elite was actually a very well written tale of politics, betrayal, and loyalty.
The book followed the adventures of Nightwind, a member of the deadly Amita K’Un clan, prior to her joining the Adventurers.
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.
And we close down our look at Chuck Dixon comics with Alias #3:
Cover art by Eric Brant, published by Now Comics, 1990.
Chuck Dixon week rolls on, today featuring the cover to Airboy #21:
Cover by George Evans, published by Eclipse Comics, 1987.
OK, after a much too long hiatus, ICS is back! Let’s get right to it…
In honor of IDW bringing back Chuck Dixon’s Winter World series back, this week’s theme will be Dixon books. Starting with…Winter World #1.
Cover art by Jorge Zaffino. Published by Eclipse Comics, 1987.
While originally slated to adapt just one of Cory’s short stories for this IDW mini-series, I ended up getting a third issue due to IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall’s busy schedule (he had planned on adapting this story himself). So issue #5 became mine, adapting “I,Robot” (Cory’s version, not Asimov’s)
As per the previous issue, this one featured another top talent doing the cover: Ashley Wood. Interior art was by Erich Owen, and it shipped in February, 2008.
After turning in the script for issue #1 (Anda’s Game), IDW liked my work enough to offered me another one of Cory’s short stories: Craphound.
This time, one of my all-time favorite creators was on cover duty: Paul Pope.
Paul Friggin’ Pope, covering my second ever paying gig. The book shipped in December, 2007, which made it a great Christmas present for me.
And the interior art was by British artist Paul McCaffrey, which was a joy to behold:
In honor of my own birthday, I’m going to be completely self-serving by spotlighting my own comics all week on ICS, specifically my first professional paying gig: the IDW adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s short stories in comic book form.
After the publication of my Lifelike graphic novel, Chris Ryall at IDW called me up and asked if I would be interested in adapting Doctorow’s short story “Anda’s Game” for their new limited series. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity! Imagine my delight when I found out that the cover to the first issue was by none other than the great Sam Kieth:
The book came out in 2007, and featured interior art by Esteve Polls. I had a chance to communicate with Cory via email and ask him a few questions about what he considered the emotional beats of the story, since there’s always some amount of cutting that needs to happen when adapting prose into comics. He was very gracious with his time, and even more accommodating by telling me that he wanted me to put my mark on the adaptation, and not follow any instructions from him. When the book came out, he was equally pleasant in his positive review of it.
And now we reach our last spotlighted Atomeka Press book for this week, the improbably named 1990 anthology one-shot, The A1 True Life Bikini Confidential, with a cover by Adam Hughes:
As with all of Atomeka’s other anthologies, this one was just jam packed with name creators: Michael T. Gilbert, Brian Bolland, Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Bob Burden, Melinda Gebbie, Alan Davis, John Bolton, Pete Milligan, and more.
Oh, and Alan Moore.
Another anthology one-shot from Atomeka Press:
Published in 1993. I’m not sure who drew this cover, though. Can anyone out there hazard a guess?
This week’s theme will be books from the British publisher Atomeka Press, starting with the anthology Monster Massacre:
Published in 1993, this book featured a cover by Simon Bisley, and interior stories by the likes of Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill, Henry Flint, James O’Barr, and more.
Spinning out of the pages of Eagle from Crystal Comics was the character of Death’s Head (not to be confused with the Marvel UK character, more on that in a second):
Cover art by Eagle artists Neil D. Vokes. Published in 1987.
If I remember correctly, this is the only issue published. The character appeared in some backup stories in the monthly Eagle series, and after a cease and desist letter from marvel UK’s lawyers, the creators were forced to change the character’s name to Death’s Dark Angel.