Splash Wednesday: George Perez, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, and Jackson Guice

We kick it off, as always, with a page scanned by my bud Matt Kish. This is George Perez, from Marvel Premiere #45:

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Next up, the fantastic team of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #29:

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And here’s the “classic” post from my old Ferret Press blog (July 2010), by original poster Craig Bogart:

Is this the climax of You Only Live Twice? No, it’s Jackson Guice during his far too brief stint on Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (issue 23, 1991). Guice channeled more than a little Steranko and added his gift for drawing babes to give us a 60’s flavored swingin’ spy thriller. A short-lived favorite of mine.

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Splash Wednesday: Rick Griffin, Matt Wagner, and Phil Winslade

I love this initial page, contributed by my bud, Matt Kish. It’s by Rick Griffin.

“Richard Alden “Rick” Griffin was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix.”

This page is from the comic The Man from Utopia:

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Next up, a splash page from Matt Wagner, best known for his long-running indie series, Grendel. This page, however, is from The Demon, a mini-series he did for DC Comics in 1987, reviving the character created by Jack Kirby:

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And finally, in a bit of synchronicity, here’s a classic page from the old Ferret Press blog. This week, Marvel announced a new Howard the Duck series. Back in July 2010, when Craig Bogart posted the item below, it was an odd page from a Howard the Duck “mature readers” series:

As every American schoolchild knows, Howard the Duck achieved such popularity during his heyday that he drew the attention of Disney, who sued because the cigar-smoking misanthrope with the nude model girlfriend would be too easily confused with Donald Duck. The outcome: Howard had to wear pants to distinguish himself from the other fowl, who is apparently a pervert who goes pantsless in public.

When Steve Gerber returned to write Howard in a 2002 mini for Marvel’s MAX imprint, he ended the first issue on a cliffhanger by turning Howard into… a big mouse.

And now Disney owns Marvel, but many of their characters are still not required to wear pants.

Art by Phil Winslade, a more recent favorite of mine.

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Splash Wednesday: Keith Giffen, Phil Winslade, and David Mazzucchelli

Another Wednesday, another trio of splash pages from different artists and different eras of comics. Kicking it off is a contribution by my pal Matt Kish. Here’s a page of Keith Giffen art from Amazing Adventures #38:

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Next up, a page from the way underrated Phil Winslade. This is from All-Star Western #4:

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And here’s the classic page from the old Ferret Press blog, and Craig Bogart’s no-nonsense introduction:

If I need to provide a citation for this, you need to visit a different blog.

Gimme a red!

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Splash Wednesday: Frank Robbins, Sergio Aragonés, and Tom Sutton

My friend Matt Kish provides this first page, from Adventure Into Fear #28, art by Frank Robbins:

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Next up, a typical page of insane detail, by the legendary cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, from an issue of Groo (sorry, don’t know which one)

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And, as always, here’s a classic reprint (from my old Ferret Press blog), as posted by Craig Bogart:

From Captain Marvel #15, 1969; an issue replete with splash pages (more on Mar-Vell in a WBM entry shortly), I’ve passed up psychedelic visions of galaxies being born and the devil in Hell in favor of the shot that requires a straight edge and a few perspective lines. By Tom Sutton.

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Splash Wednesday: Alfredo Alcala, Paul Gulacy, and Herb Trimpe

Kicking the feature off this week, let’s go all the way back to 1973, and an Alfredo Alcala page from Forbidden Tales of the Dark Mansion #13. Check out that gorgeous crosshatching and texture.

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Next up, a page from Master of Kung-Fu #31 by Paul Gulacy:

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And finally, this week’s “classic” page, from the old Ferret Press blog (June 2010), as posted by Craig Bogart:

“Holy shit, we’re in trouble. Courtesy of Herb Trimpe from Incredible Hulk #171. One of my favorite Power Records releases as well.”

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Splash Wednesday: Sal Buscema, Rick Veitch, and Brendan McCarthy

As always, the first page comes my way courtesy of Mr. Matt Kish. This is from Marvel Spotlight #22, featuring the Son of Satan. Art by Sal Buscema and Bob McLeod:

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Next up is a page from Jonah Hex #53, penciled by Rick Veitch and inked by Tom Yeates:

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And here’s the “classic” post, from my old Ferret Press blog, June 2010:

Not to steal Craig [Bogart’s] thunder or anything, but I know he’s busy tonight, so here’s a splash page to hold you guys over until he can post his.

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Artwork by the always bizarre, utterly unique, acid-trip-on-paper, Mr. Brendan McCarthy, aka “The New McCarthyism”, aka “McMarvel”. This is a page from Spider-man: Fever #2 (of 3), which he wrote and drew. It’s really more of a Dr. Strange comic, but hey, Spidey’s name sells more comics. And yes, it’s completely trippy, and completely incomprehensible.

But it’s colorfully pretty.

Splash Wednesday: Jan Duursema, Neil Adams, and Barry Windsor Smith

Another Wednesday, another batch of splash pages for your enjoyment.

The first page comes to us from the prolific scanner of Mr. Matt Kish: here’s a Jan Duursema double-splash page from Arion, Lord of Atlantis #18, published by DC Comics.

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Next up, a moody Neal Adams page, from Batman #237:

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And finally, a classic page, originally posted on the Ferret Press blog by Craig Bogart, June 2010:

“Roy Thomas invents a character for the Robert E. Howard estate to spend decades cashing in on, as Red Sonja (not the medieval Sonya of Rogatine) debuts in Conan the Barbarian #24. Art by Barry Smith.”

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Splash Wednesday: John Byrne, Pat Broderick, and Carmine Infantino

Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on splash pages! Let’s just get to this week’s batch…

John Byrne, from Fantastic Four #247:

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Pat Broderick, from The Micronauts #28 (thanks to Matt Kish for the scan):

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And a classic page from the Ferret Press blog, June 2nd, 2010, with original commentary by Craig Bogart:

Carmine Infantino is an artist I didn’t “get” until years after I first saw his work; the page shown here is from Marvel’s Star Wars #21, 1978.
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Splash Wednesday: Esteban Maroto and Paul Gulacy

Running a bit late this week…

Anyway, here’s a splash page by Esteban Maroto, from Dracula: Vlad The Impaler #3:

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And here’s the “classic” page, from the Ferret Press blog, May 25, 2010:

No, it’s not Marvel’s old Fun N’ Games magazine; it’s Shang-Chi battling his way through a maze of assassins, and artist Paul Gulacy provides an actual maze for our enjoyment. From Giant Size Master of Kung Fu #2.

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Splash Wednesday: Jack Kirby, Chris Bachalo, and Ross Andru

Matt Kish is killing it with all the splash pages he’s been providing me for this feature, so let’s just get right into it:

Starting off with The King himself, Mr. Jack Kirby (inked by Mike Royer), from 2001 #2:

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Next up, some early work from Chris Bachalo (finished by Mark Buckingham), from Ghost Rider 2099 #1:

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And here’s the classic page with commentary by Craig Bogart, from my old Ferret Press blog, May 19, 2010

From the story that made me a comic fan in general and a Spider-Man fan in particular; Amazing Spider-Man #147 (the roots of the clone story that ran off the tracks a couple decades later). By my personal favorite Spider-Man artist, Ross Andru:

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Splash Wednesday: Keith Giffen and Gil Kane

Welcome back to Splash Wednesday, where I’ll be featuring splash pages from various comics books, and reprinting posts from my old blog with the same feature.

This week, I’d like to throw the spotlight on Keith Giffen, from his Image era. That’s right, it’s…Trencher!

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This page is from Images of Shadowhawk #1. Thanks again to Matt Kish for the page.

And here’s the classic page, from the Ferret Press blog, May 12, 2010. Text and selection by Craig Bogart:

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From Marvel Premiere #15, by Gil Kane: Wendell Rand has a very bad day while searching for the lost city of K’un Lun, thanks to the machinations of a jealous business partner.

Splash Wednesday: J.H. Williams III, Walt Simonson, John Buscema

So my friend Matt Kish has been posting some cool splash pages from older comics on his Facebook page lately. This reminded me of a weekly feature we used to have on my old Ferret Press blog called Splash Wednesday, which was originated by another fellow PANEL Collective member, Craig Bogart. Matt suggested I resurrect that feature on my blog.

So here we are.

Every Wednesday, I’ll feature a new splash page, plus one from the Ferret Press archives (we had 97 posts in that category, so I’ve got plenty of material!) And since this is the inaugural post in the new(ish) feature, I’m going to do you one better and throw in a 3rd page as well. Don’t ever say I did nuthin’ for ya!

Kicking off the new stuff is the breathtaking art of J.H. Williams III, from Batwoman #16:

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Next up, a page contributed by the aforementioned Mr. Kish. This is a double-page splash from The Mighty Thor #380, the classic all-splash-page issue by the legendary Walt Simonson:

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And finally, here’s a classic Splash Wednesday page from May 5, 2010, with original commentary by Mr. Craig Bogart:

A long while ago I commented on the overuse of splash pages to pad a book that is light on story. Most new comics I’ve seen have half a dozen full page pinup shots whose sole aim is to rob the reader of additional story, and no moment in a story is too mundane to get the full page treatment. While reading an older book the other day I was reminded that splash pages can be kinda cool if they’re used for an actual dramatic moment or to showcase an outstanding piece of artwork. So, I had the notion to start another weekly blog feature: Splash Wednesday.

Our first entry is from the comic that got me started on this line of thinking: Thor # 237 by John Buscema. Behold Hercules averting disaster at Coney Island in the form of a falling ferris wheel.

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