Today’s cover is an early one from Brian Stelfreeze:
This issue was published in December 1991 by Innovation.
There’s an interesting story that goes along with the cover: I always thought there was something familiar about the texture of the background, especially the “ridges” on her collar. Years after this book came out, I was at a comic con and speaking to one of the artists who had worked on the book (I can’t remember who, unfortunately) and he said that he remembered this cover because Brian drew it on the inside of a pizza box after a show, just passing the time. Apparently that was good enough for Innovation, who used it as a cover.
Another Kyle Baker cover in the spotlight today, this time from a licensed property published by Disney:
This is from 1991, so I assume Disney was publishing it as a companion to their Dick Tracy movie from the previous year (produced by their Touchstone Pictures division).
It’s Kyle Baker appreciation week here on ICS, so I’ll start with one of my favorite works by the great cartoonist:
This book was one of the first to open my eyes to just how funny comic books could be in the right hands, since I tended to only associate laugh-out-loud humor with movies and stand-up.
I don’t know anything about this comic, other than it was All New! (back in 1983) and All Occult!
Created by Steve Elglehart and Marshall Rogers, with a cover by Rogers. Published by Eclipse.
Today’s featured cover is by Bryan Talbot:
This is from 1983, published by Titan Books Ltd., which collected the stories from the 2000 AD anthology.
Well, this is it, the final entry in our spotlight on African American artists, in honor of Black History Month:
Cover art by Ryan Benjamin, from the 1998 volume of the Ghost series, published by dark Horse Comics.
Here we are with the penultimate post in our spotlight on African American artists. Today’s post features Jamal Igle’s cover to Venture #3, from Image Comics:
This mini-series was published back in 2003.
Continuing a look at African American artists in the comics field, here’s an early superhero comic published by Dark Horse in 1987:
Cover art by Larry Stroman, who would go on to draw the second volume of Alien Legion (for Epic), the latest Alien Legion mini-series (for Titan), as well as his own very short-lived creator owned series Tribe.
This month’s spotlight on African American artists continues, with a cover by Brian Stelfreeze:
Cycops was published in 1988 by Comics Interview (yes, the company that published a comics news and interview magazine by the same name).
Today’s feature is cartoonist Kyle Baker, with his self-published comic about his family, The Bakers:
Published in 2006, this was one of several humor collections about Baker’s family life.
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.