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.
A recent Walt Simonson Thor cover. I know Simonson’s 80’s run on Thor is considered pretty much the last word on the character, but contemporary color separators are so much better-equipped to handle a style like Simonson’s that I had to post this.
Milo Manara is an Italian artist who gets a lot of love from indie comics fans and is a much bigger deal in Europe than the States, but among comic artists, he’s very well-regarded and he and Chris Claremont did a great one-shot called X-Women, to which this was the cover.
Here’s the frontispiece to Barry Windsor-Smith’s take on the oft-retold Robert E. Howard story Red Nails, starring, of course, Conan the Barbarian. Smith’s an odd bird, but I’ve always loved his work.
I’m just a huge fan of this one: Maggie the Mechanic, from Los Bros. Hernandez’s seminal series Love & Rockets, by comics’ most sought-after portrayer of pretty girls, Adam Hughes. Hooray.
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 try not to post too much girly art on here, just because it quickly becomes a bottomless pit of sleaze, but I do like some of the cheesecakier comics artists and Frank Cho is definitely one of the best. Here’s his “X-Chicks” drawing from a few years back. Enjoy responsibly.
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.
And one of the best 2-page spreads in the Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely masterpiece We3, which is full of stuff like this. Get the deluxe edition–it’s longer.
Rare and strange: a picture of The Punisher by the late, great Moebius.