Splash Wednesday: Tom Mandrake and Thomas Yeates

It’s close to Halloween, so I thought this would be an appropriate splash page to spotlight in our weekly feature. I’ve always loved Tom Mandrake’s artwork, with it’s moody, evocative brushwork. This page is from an odd limited series published in 2009 by DC Comics, titled Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves. This is from issue #3:

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(thanks to The Crapbox of Son Of Cthulhu blog for the scan)

As for the flashback portion of this feature, here’s the splash page I posted on my old blog in April of 2011:

Thomas Yeates Week rolls on, here on the blog. Here’s a gorgeous double-page splash by the man himself:

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This is from Timespirits #7, a creator-owned series by Yeates and writer Steve Perry, published by Epic Comics, December 1985.

Splash Wednesday: Mitchell, Bennett, and Stokoe

I came across this splash page on the Unspoken Decade comics blog, in a review of the 1992 mini-series, Batman: Gotham Nights. It was written by John Ostrander, with art by Mary Mitchell, of whom I know very little. But I dig her Tim Burton influenced interpretation of Gotham.

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As for our flashback feature, apparently back in April, 2011 I was doing an “indy month” feature on my old blog, so here’s a two-fer for you:

In celebration of indy month here on the blog, we’re going to feature two splash pages this week. The first is by our very own PANELista, Andy Bennett:

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This is a double-page splash from PANEL: Space, the 3rd volume of our self-published anthology. The story was written by PANELista Tony Goins, and the book came out in the spring of 2004. Unfortunately, that particular issue is sold out, but you can check out the other PANEL anthologies here.

The second splash is actually more of a pinup, but close enough, right? Here we go:

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This is, of course, by the inimitable James Stokoe. It appears on the inside back cover of his Orc Stain #6, published this month by Image Comics.

Splash Wednesday: Kane/Nebres and Michael Gaydos

We begin this week’s feature with another scan courtesy of the awesome Diversions of the Groovy Kind blog. This gorgeously rendered splash page is by the art team of Gil Kane and Rudy Nebres, from Marvel’s John Carter Warlord of Mars #3 (May 1977). I suppose some fans may dislike Nebres’ “smoothing out” of Gil’s usually angular pencils (see Kane’s solo cover for this issue at the link above) , but I totally dig this combination.

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And now, the flashback post from my old blog, originally posted on April, 2011:

“Welcome old and new readers to another edition of Splash Wednesday, where we feature a cool splash page each week. Since this month is our 8th anniversary, we’re trying to spotlight more indie material, and that extends to this feature as well. So let’s get to it:

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This page, illustrated by Michael Gaydos, is from Inferno #5. The series was one of writer Mike Carey’s earliest published works, and came out from Caliber Press in 1995. It only lasted 7 issues, but it was a good read, and presaged Carey’s involvment with another infernal series, the critically-acclaimed Lucifer at Vertigo. Here’s a description of the series:

When John Travis is murdered he finds himself in Inferno, a Hell with no fiery demons and satanic majesty, just an endless city alive with corruption, intrigue and despair. Yet being dead is the least of Travis’ problems; he is actually Jacamo Terence, dead 800 years and the first man to escape Hell and live his life again. This did not sit well with the Infernal Powers and soon, aided by Nostradamus and a were-girl, he is at the center of a vast power struggle.

Individual issue are probably hard to come by, as is the limited edition TPB put out by Titan Books in 2004. But I’m sure if you really want one, you can find a copy online somewhere.”

Splash Wednesday: Mike Grell and Esteban Maroto

We’ll start this week’s feature with a couple of pages from The Warlord #3, published by DC Comics in 1976. Mike Grell is a favorite of mine, so why not spotlight his early artwork some more? Here’s a double-page splash from that issue:

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Followed by another splash of Travis Morgan doing what he does best:

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(Thanks to Diversions of the Groovy Kind for the scans)

And for our flashback portion, here’s the splash page featured on my old blog, from March, 2011, featuring Esteban Maroto:

“This week, we turn our time machine back to 1990 to feature a double-page splash from Spanish artist Esteban Maroto:
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The above is from Atlantis Chronicles #3, published by DC Comics, June 1990. The 7-issue mini-series was written by Peter David, and told the fictional history of the city of Atlantis in the DC universe, thousands of years before the birth of Aquaman. It was epic in scope, a complex, crazy undersea soap opera full of love, betrayal, and war, lushly illustrated by Maroto. The guy is a master of depicting the female form, not to mention fantastical creatures, architecture, and costumes. If you ever run across this series, you should pick it up for the artwork alone.

By the way, the reason David’s credit reads “transcribed and adapted by” is because the conceit of the series was that he had come across historical documents purportedly from the ancient continent itself, and so this was really an anthropological project more so than a work of fiction.”

Splash Wednesday: Larsen and McKeever

This week’s entry features a double-page splash by Erik Larsen (inked by Terry Austin), from Marvel Comics Presents #38, published in December, 1989. The story pitted Excalibur against some weird Looney Tunes amalgams, courtesy of the madman Arcade:

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And here’s flashing back to March 2011 and the featured splash page on my old ferret Press blog:

Ted McKeever is a rather popular artist with the PANEL folks, so I thought for this Wednesday’s look at a comic book splash page, we’d feature a double-page splash from one of his books:

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This is from Enginehead #2, published by DC Comics, July 2004. It was an odd little book (as most of Ted’s are) in that it was a creator-owned series by Joe Kelly and McKeever, but published under the regular DC banner. It pretty much stayed within it’s own little bit of continuity, with one of the few (only?) forays into the wider DCU being an encounter with the Metal Men. Needless to say, the offbeat, surreal art and narrative never found an audience, and the series only lasted 6 issues.

By the way, the series had a pretty damn awesome logo. Check it:

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Splash Wednesday: Morales and Brereton

Back from hiatus!

This week’s featured splash page is from Hawkman #5, published in 2002 by DC. Art by Rags Morales, inked by Michael Bair.

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And here’s a flashback to my old ferret Press blog, from a post dated March, 2011:

Here’s a look at a splash page from one of my favorite painters in the comics field:

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Although not a great page as far as composition goes, it was one of the few splashes I could find from him. Despite the time consuming task of painting an entire comic, he rarely does splash pages, which is quite impressive. Unfortunately, these days the time investment in a project of this type just doesn’t pay off, so Brereton rarely makes any comics appearances. I’m sure he’s somewhere working on video game designs or movie storyboards.

This Dan Brereton page is from his creator-owned series The Nocturnals #5, published by Malibu Comics, June 1995.

Splash Wednesday: Buscema and Case

Our first page this week is via Diversions of the Groovy Kind, and features the other Buscema brother, Sal. This is from Sub-Mariner #25 (February 1970), with Sal Buscema on pencils:

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And here’s the page from the Way Back machine, AKA my previous blog circa 2011:

Here’s this week’s splash page:

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This splash depicts the return of Marvel’s oddball “non-team,” The Defenders. It’s by artist Richard Case, inked by Randy Emberlin. Case is best known for his collaboration with Grant Morrison on that writer’s revamp of Doom Patrol over at DC, but he’s done a fair bit of work at various publishers. This page is from Doctor Strange #3, published by Marvel Comics, March 1989.

Hey, wait a minute, is that a ferret? Or just a weasel?

Splash Wednesday: Byrne and Benefiel

Let’s kick off this edition of Splash Wednesday with a classic John Byrne page (inked by Terry Austin), from Uncanny X-Men #139.

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And from a post on March, 2011 on my old blog, here’s this week’s “classic” splash page:

“Over the years, Mike Mignola has worked with quite a handful of talented artists on Hellboy short stories and side projects, which is where this week’s page comes from:

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This page is from Ghost/Hellboy #2, with pencils by Scott Benefiel, and inks by Jasen Rodriguez. Published by Dark Horse Comics, June 1996. Ghost was one of the longer-running titles in DH’s attempt at a superhero universe. This was a 2-issue crossover.”

Splash Wednesday: Simonson and Bisley

Another Wednesday, another couple of splash pages to treat your eyes to. Starting with a page I found around the web (via The Crapbox of Son Of Cthulhu), here’s a fantastic Walt Simonson page from Orion #1, published by DC Comics.

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And a classic post, from Feb 2011:

I came across this while digging through my longboxes a short while ago:
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It’s from Bodycount #3. Art by Simon Bisley, published by Image Comics, May 1996.

Bodycount was a 4-issue mini series featuring one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, I think) teaming up with Casey Jones to fight…um, I don’t quite remember. I think maybe a gang? Or the mob? Well, whoever it was, it involved an awful lot of guns and bullets and death and destruction. Oh, and boobs. The biggest, most ridiculously basketball-shaped tits you’ve ever seen, courtesy of Mr. Bisley. I was never a TMNT guy, so I think I picked this series up during my Bisley fan stage. Oddly enough, it’s not fully painted, like the majority of his output at the time, but it’s in the unmistakable Bisley style. Here’s to excess.

Splash Wednesday: Grell and Guice

Our first page today comes via Diversions of the Groovy Kind, and features Mike Grell’s artwork from The Warlord #8 (May 1977):

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And now for the classic page, from my old Ferret Press blog, Feb 2011:

Since I featured Jackson Guice on last week’s “Guess the Artist,” I figured we might as well look at another one of his pages from his Doctor Strange run for today’s splash page:

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Trippy, eh? (Insert your own joke about magic mushrooms…)

This is from Doctor Strange #6, penciled by Jackson Guice, and inked by Jose Marzan, Jr. Published by Marvel Comics, August, 1989.

Splash Wednesday: Herb Trimpe and Keith Giffen

Aaaaaaaand we’re back! (Sorry about the hiatus)

Let’s get right to it: I’ll be featuring a few splash pages every Wednesday, one found on the web from various blogs, and one “classic” post from my old blog.

Here’s an awesome Herb Trimpe page (via Diversions of the Groovy Kind), from War Is Hell #13, published by Marvel in 1975:

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And here’s a trip in the time machine back to January, 2011, and a post from my old Ferret Press blog:

Let’s take a trip back a few decades to 1987 for this week’s comic book splash page:

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Man, I love Keith Giffen’s art. It’s instantly recognizable, he has this penchant for drawing his pages in 9 or 12 (or 16!) panel grids with bizarre extreme closeups, and can easily switch between half a dozen different art styles. Some day, if I have the time, I’ll put together a post highlighting his utterly unique styles, from his early days aping Kirby, the “classic” Giffen material like the above page, to his “Trencher” days, Legion of Superheroes style, and more.

Anyway, this page is from the Dr. Fate #3, published by DC in 1987. It was written by J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Keith Giffen.

Splash Wednesday: García-López, Cockrum, and Bond

Welcome back to another installment of Splash Wednesday, where we look at comic book splash pages…each Wednesday. But you already knew that, so…let’s get to it.

Kicking it off with a slightly older page from one of the workhorses of the industry, José Luis García-López. This is from a Marvel/DC crossover in DC Special Series #27 (1981):

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Next up, Dave Cockrum, providing his redesigned Ms. Marvel costume in Ms. Marvel #20 (1978):

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And finally, a page I originally posted on my old blog on january 2011:

This week, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and show off some art from one of my collaborators:

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Grant Bond did the artwork for the Igor movie prequel I wrote for IDW. The above is from his own book, Archibald Saves Christmas #1, published by Image Comics, December 2007. Grant and I did a couple of Archibald issues together. I love his animation-inspired artwork.