Indie Cover Spotlight: The Mark #2

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.

Indie Cover Spotlight: The Dark #3

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.

Indie Cover Spotlight: The New Justice Machine #2

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.

Indie Cover Spotlight: Badger Goes Berserk #1

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.

Indie Cover Spotlight: Airboy #13 and #22

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.

Indie Cover Spotlight: Gregory III & IV

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.