Last one for the evening: a Fantastic Four/Iron Man cover by the late, great Seth Fisher. Fisher died under really tragic circumstances a few years ago; he was unquestionably one of the finest artists of the younger generation and there are only a few examples of his beautiful, utterly strange work, but they are to be treasured.

Here’s a beautiful P. Craig Russell colored line drawing of Elric from his truly wonderful Stormbringer miniseries (adapted from the Michael Moorcock novel) for the long-defunct Topps Comics. It’s way, way out of print, but it’s not that expensive and honestly one of the most visual accomplished graphic novels I’ve had the pleasure to read. It’s very dense, but it rewards the required effort.

I understand why people hate Frank Miller. I think his blog post on Occupy Wall Street was stupid and poorly informed and very obviously the work of someone who lived in New York during the Taxi Driver era and doesn’t seem to understand that the city and its youth culture have changed drastically. I’m sorry he kind of lost his shit after 9/11, both for him and for myself and other comics fans, who lost a great satirist who zagged when a lot of people zigged and now have to deal with an elder statesman who’s gone predictable, conservative baby boomer nutsoid like a depressingly huge number of racist grandpas across the country. But it’s not easy to hate Reagan and hippies, and Miller did it well for a long time.

I still think he’s a brilliant, vibrant, worthwhile artist who does really compelling work even when it’s in the service of ignorant tripe like the story in Holy Terror, a page of which I’ve posted here.