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Cool Comic Cover Gallery – Lee Weeks

Themes are nice, but so are artist spotlights, and this time around, the featured artist is Lee Weeks!

So enjoy ten cool comic covers by a cool comic cover artist, Lee Weeks!

Remember, the shtick is that I don’t take more than one cover per title, or else certain books might pile on!

Which one is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite Weeks cover that you think I should have put in the gallery instead of one of these ten?

What artists would you like to see featured in the future?

Let me know!

25 Comments

Nice variety of styles there. But man, that Wolverine costume from his first appearance was uuuugly. No matter the little guy never really caught on.

Looks like ya got yourself two Batman Chronicle covers there, son. I know the second one was a stand-alone, larger-format kind of thing, but it was still called Batman Chronicles. The Spidey books we can overlook, because they were three discrete titles.

That Shadows & Light cover is excellent. What the heck is that comic? It costs $2.99, so it can’t be that old, but I never saw it or even heard of it.

Maybe not in lieu of the covers you’ve chosen, but I like the covers to Daredevil #285:
http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=48594&zoom=4

and #287:
http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=48844&zoom=4

But I love that Scooby Doo cover the most of all of them!

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I remember him doing a bunch of Daredevil books (& covers).
Certainly there must have been a few you could have used here.

Hey, I own that Scooby-Doo comic, which I bought when it came out. I’m guessing it was 1997 or so, which would make me 12. That sounds about right.

Good artist. I don’t know much of his work, other than Starman: Secret Files and Origins.

Lee Weeks is such an under-appreciated artist. He’s one of the consistently solid pencilers in the industry alongside Braithewaite, who shares that “classical” figure drawing style.

Weeks is deeply and openly religious, which (while not particularly devout myself) I find pretty refreshing, given how skeptical and even cynical comics creators tend to act.

Too bad he didn’t do the covers for Captain Marvel; those interiors were PURDY.

That Spider-man’s Tangled Web cover is really great. There is a lot of variety there. I would never have guessed they were all the same artist.

That Shadows & Light cover is excellent. What the heck is that comic? It costs $2.99, so it can’t be that old, but I never saw it or even heard of it.

A Marvel anthology mini-series, the gimmick was that it was all black-and-white stuff. Similar to Batman: Black and White. I didn’t see the mini-series itself, but the Blade story reprinted in the Blade B/W trade collection was kind of cool.

If I’m not mistaken, that Shadows & Light series also had a Ditko Iron Man story….

Y’know, on the second cover, I thought it said “by Bruce Campbell.”

And I thought the title of the last one was “Spider-Man: Death & Dentistry.”

I’ve never seen that Spider-man cover of Carnage before. It’s really cool.

Looks like ya got yourself two Batman Chronicle covers there, son. I know the second one was a stand-alone, larger-format kind of thing, but it was still called Batman Chronicles.

Please, that’d be like saying that the current reprints of the original Batman stories are the same series because they also are titled “Batman Chronicles”!

It has nothing to do with the other Batman Chronicles series, anymore than Peter Parker: Spider-Man has anything to do with Death and Destiny.

I remember him doing a bunch of Daredevil books (& covers).
Certainly there must have been a few you could have used here.

He had a really great run as an interior artist on Daredevil, but I’ll be honest, I just wasn’t thrilled with his covers – they almost all seemed heavily plot driven, which is fine, but it hurts them as far as standing out from a crowd.

Andrew Collins

July 7, 2008 at 12:25 am

TwoMorrows is going to make Weeks the focus of the next book in their Modern Masters series. When I first saw it solicited, I couldn’t imagine why as he’s never been an artist that has stuck out to me too much. But looking at these covers, I can see why as he does some great design work with his covers and is also capable of adapting to a variety of styles. Good stuff.

Favorite cover there would be the Spider-Man: Tangled Web cover. It’s very eyecatching. It has an almost cinematic feel to it, like a movie poster.

Weeks is definitely an underrated artist. This is a good showcase for his diversity. What’s he up to these days?

That Tangled Web cover uses the Spidey silhouette very smartly, that Gauntlet cover is pretty amazing too. Though the design is strong on that Scooby-Doo I definitely prefer to see Weeks work in his own style than being forced into a ‘house style’, not that he’s bad at it or anything.

Shadows & Light looks like he was channeling JRJR.

@avengers63: exactly what I was thinking, as with the Spider-Man #13.

Man, I loved that Shadows and Light Marvel series. At the time, it was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I wish it would have lasted longer.

The SCOOBY cover has to go. There’s a serious printing error at the bottom. Right between Velma and Shaggy. The horror, the horror…

Mike Loughlin

July 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

Simple as it is, I liked the Daredevil 300 cover, with the Kingpin looking defeated.

In one of those Shadows & Light comics, Lee Weeks did a Nick Fury pin-up, maybe a back cover, that’s excellent. Seek out the book for work from Berni Wrightson, Jim Starlin, Ditko, Liam Sharpe at his most detail-oriented, and lots of other great-looking (if slight) stories.

Heres another classic Weeks cover you may have overlooked – Marvel Age #106.

http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=fullsize&issue=51393527306%20106
(Marvel Age isnt indexed on comics.org so the image is from Mile High Comics’ catalogue.)

This cover is not as plot-based as Weeks’ other contemporanous Daredevil work and (to me at least ) it brillantly captures the essence of the rivalry and disparity between DD and Kingpin. Fisk is potrayed as a powerful abstract figure whose face appears in the sky beside his own distinctive skyscraper, while Daredevil is shown a distinctly physical figure standing on top of a bunch of dreary hells kitchen rooftops. I always thought that the poster for a DD movie should be based on similar ideas/contrasts.

Unfortunately the cover is terribly obscured by a great gobs of text, but thats hardly Weeks’ fault.

Incidentally the issue itself is an uncharacteristically good one for Marvel Age, with interesting comments from various creators such as Stan Lee, Frank Miller and Ann Nocenti on their thoughts on and approaches to the character – well worth the 50 cents or less youd probably have to pay to pick it up these days .

By the 90s, yeah, Marvel Age had fallen a bit by the wayside (not due to the efforts of the people working on it, it just seemed like they were just given a lot less of a budget or maybe there was just too much going on at Marvel – the environment was certainly a great deal different from the early days of a private company to the 90s when it was a public company), but for awhile in the 80s, Marvel Age was a great magazine.

And that is a neat cover, Valmurph, thanks!

Weeks did an amazing run of issues in vol.4 of Captain America. I’m pretty sure he did the covers for the run and they all looked amazing. I remember being quite impressed at the time because I wasn’t sure that anyone could follow Jae Lee on the series and be up to the same standards, but Weeks is a master for a reason.

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