Continuing with our theme this month of showcasing African American artists, here’s some indie work from a mainstay of 80s and 90s, artist Mark Bright, aka M.D. Bright:
Published in May, 1992 by Continum Comics. “Doc” Bright is probably best known for his collaborations with Christopher Priest on Power Man and Iron Fist and Quantum and Woody, as well as runs on Green Lantern, Iron Man, and many other Marvel and DC books.
Continuing our look at black artists in honor of Black History Month, I have to feature one of our hometown heroes, fellow Columbusite Darryl Banks:
You will remember him from the 90s Kyle Rayner era of Green Lantern, plus other books at DC and Marvel. But Darryl started, like most artists of the era, in the indies with works at Innovation and Millenium, amongst others. Here’s the cover he drew to The New Justice Machine #2, published in Jan, 1990 by Innovation.
Footnote: The Justice Machine #2 (not this one, but rather the earlier volume published in the mid-80s by Comico), was the first indie comic I ever bought at a comic book store.
It’s February, and in honor of Black History Month, I’ll be featuring cover art by black artists. Kicking it off is one of my all-time favorite artists, Denys Cowan:
Published by First Comics, September 1989. Denys has, of course, done a ton of work for Marvel and DC (and Milestone), but he has a few indie books here and there as well.
Here’s another fun 80s series that I’ve featured multiple times on ICS, and this week I’m doing a two-fer:
Issue #13 was published by Eclipse Comics in January, 1987, under a cover by the stellar Tim Truman.
Most of the Airboy issues had fantastic, action-packed covers, and #22 is no exception. Published May, 1987, this issue features a cover by Ron Wagner.
I’ve featured Marc Hempel’s bittersweet book Gregory before, and today you get a two-fer of one of the most underrated dark humor series ever:
Volume 3 was published in 1993 by DC’s Piranha Press imprint.
And volume 4, the last in the series, came out later that same year.
I suspect Hempel owns the rights to this book (at least, I hope it’s free and clear of any legal entanglements) so maybe some day some publisher will put together an omnibus collection of this fantastic series.
Let’s go back to 2009, and yet another Aliens mini-series from Dark Horse Comics:
This cover painting was by Raymond Swanland.
Brian Woods’ The Massive recently ended its 30 issue run, so in honor of a pretty good little series, I’m featuring the cover for its final issue:
This issue was published in December, 2014. The cover art is by the super talented John Paul Leon, who provided all the covers for the series. Although the last story arc seemed a bit rushed, I still enjoyed the series as a whole and thought the ending was appropriate to the tone of the book.
Rounding out our look this week at indie comics I know nothing about, here’s a fantasy book called Dragon Knights:
Published in 1998 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics), the book is by Jeremy Tinker and Paul Way, who provides the cover as well. It looks like only 1 issue was ever published.
This week, I’ll be featuring a couple of books I don’t know anything about. The first is Halo & Sprocket:
Created, written, and drawn by cartoonist Kerry Callen, and published in 2003 by Amaze Ink (an imprint of Slave Labor Graphics). From what I can tell, it’s about an angel and a robot bestie.
Here’s a look at The Elementals #6:
Art by series creator Bill Willingham. Published by Comico, February 1986.
Merry Christmas, loyal blog readers. In honor of today’s holiday, here’s a bevy of weird independent comic book covers that have something to do with Christmas:
Art: Dan Fraga. Published: 1996, Maximum press
Art: James O’Barr. Published: 1989, Caliber Press.
Art: unknown. Published: 1991, Vortex.
Art: Dave Stevens. Published: 1988, Comico.
Art: Dan Day . Published: 1999, ACG.
Art: Mike Deodato Jr. Published: 1995, Image Comics.
I don’t know which cover is more disturbing, the Christmas Horror Special, or the horrible anatomy on the Glory cover where she’s giving a handjob to a snowman…
This week I’ll be spotlighting the Elementals again, the book that put Bill Willingham on the map:
Cover art by Bill Willingham, published by Comico, June 1985. A lot of Comico’s early books had wrap-around covers, which I loved.