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Lookin’ to Connect: Justice League Spectacular #1a-1b, X-Factor #24-26 and Unity Month 1

This is the latest installment of a feature where I spotlight interconnecting covers. I will feature three selections each installment, with my current plan being to feature one diptych, one triptych and one tetraptych (or larger). Here is an archive of all of the covers listed so far. I am sure you have suggestions for future editions, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!

Enjoy!

First, based on a suggestion from reader Matthew T., Dan Jurgens and Ron Randall’s covers for Justice League Spectacular #1a and 1b (the introduction of the new lineups for Justice League America and Justice League Europe following the conclusion of Keith Giffen’s run on the titles)….


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Next, based on a suggestion from Phillip A., here’s Walter Simonson’s triptych for X-Factor #24-26, the Fall of Mutants crossover issues introducing Warren Worthington as Death (later Archangel)…


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Finally, based on suggestions from the aforementioned Matthew T., Andy S., Charlie L. and James E. (plus some folks who didn’t make suggestions via e-mail so they don’t count), we have Frank Miller’s EIGHT-PART series for the first month of Valiant’s Unity crossover (the individual issues are as follows: Shadowman #4, Solar, Man of the Atom #12, Magnus, Robot Fighter #15, Harbinger #8, Archer & Armstrong #1, Eternal Warrior #1, X-O
Manowar #7 and Rai #6)….


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Click on any of the above images to enlarge them!

If YOU have a suggestion for a future installment, please e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t post your suggestion in the comments section!

28 Comments

that X-Factor one’s just three different pics. they’re not linked. the same characters are in different places on each cover!

That’s how I feel about all of this batch. Not so much the continuity thing in the other cases, but putting them together doesn’t really add anything, and the combined picture isn’t very interesting. It’s just that the backgrounds fit together.

that X-Factor one’s just three different pics. they’re not linked. the same characters are in different places on each cover!

Man, you should see the Silvestri “triptych” for Uncanny X-Men #225-227. I can’t even feature it as it is clearly not a real triptych. Whether you liked Simonson’s piece or not, it was clearly drawn as a triptych.

Are you just a poor boy, Brian???

It’s funny how that confused me for a second. ;) “What does Blair mean by tha…ooooooh, yeah, that’s right.”

I never realized those X-Factor covers were supposed to link together. It’s weird, since the same characters are on all three covers. Seems like kind of apointless triptych.

And I don’t get Blair’s joke at all.

I have at least two of those X-Factors, and I never noticed the triptych either. Good find.

An artist can draw a character more than once in a piece. Like so;
http://www.atomicavenue.com/atomic/IssueDetail.aspx?ID=15076
Those X-Factor covers are not meant to be purely representational. Just look at the Statue of Liberty on the third cover…

Kevin

I’m guessing Blair’s joke is a Bohemian Rhapsody reference, but I don’t know why it’s appropriate.

The X-Factor triptych highlights the problem of not planning ahead. Simonson did indeed draw one single, continuos picture (which is obvious in the drawing IF you look at Ship, their headquarters at the time, in the background). However, the three portions were colored at separate times rather than all at once, resulting in a disconnect. This also hurt the 2010 JLA-JSA story “Dark Things” even though that five-part theme was more clearly linked in design. If all the covers aren’t colored by the same folks at the same time, you often lose a lot of the impact.

The name of the series comes from the line “I am just a poor boy, baby, tryin’ to connect, but I certainly don’t want you thinking that I ain’t got any respect”, from Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”

Goes to google…..

Ugh

It’s been a few years since I saw the Silvesti X-Men Fall of the Mutants lined up. That’s bad it almost makes me feel sorry for suggesting it!

But nonetheless all three covers were supposed to join together, the same is true for all THREE main titles in Fall of the Mutants.

The X-factor image is wrapped round the cover of Essential X-Factor 2 and looks fab there!

That Unity Month 1 group of covers always drove me crazy… because the hands are sort of backwards. At the very least they’re palm-up instead of palm-down (which is odd if they’re supposed to be grabbing something) but then look at the angle of the thumbs on the far outside. It’s… not good.

Tom Fitzpatrick

February 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Maybe the X-Factor covers are a triptych, but the colouring’s a bit off in the background in the middle cover.

Plus, what’s with the Spidey-head in the lower corner box? Shouldn’t that have Cyclops’ head?

The X-Factor triptych highlights the problem of not planning ahead. Simonson did indeed draw one single, continuos picture (which is obvious in the drawing IF you look at Ship, their headquarters at the time, in the background). However, the three portions were colored at separate times rather than all at once, resulting in a disconnect. This also hurt the 2010 JLA-JSA story “Dark Things” even though that five-part theme was more clearly linked in design. If all the covers aren’t colored by the same folks at the same time, you often lose a lot of the impact.

Also, there are production problems with the size reproduction. The third cover seems to have been enlarged some so that the images don’t line up well.

DC really does like to do A and B connecting covers. I really hate that. I love being able to connect covers, and I hate scams that encourage people to buy multiple covers for one book.

They gotta have SOME way to trick people into buying their comics these days. And I say that as a lifelong DC fan.

Hey Brian.

Curious if this would fit. Solitaire #1-6 from Malibu comics was drawn to be the first six panels of Solitatire #6.

I have those X-Factor comics and it never occured to me that they went together!

I much prefer the following month’s Valiant covers. Unity reminds me of high school, when I was spending every dime I had on the present day line of the company (ie no Rai and Magnus). I loved them very much, but older me would like to kick younger me’s ass and tell him to start spending money on all the stuff which would eventually become Vertigo.

When shown like that I can see the X-Factor covers as a triptych in its actual meaning (three pictures connected thematically) though not one continuous picture divided to multiple covers as has been the case in most examples so far.

It is definitely one continuing picture divided to multiple covers. Just look at the ship in the background.

I can’t remember any clones or such to address the same people appearing in multiple covers though.

Hey Brian, I think the ship is the only continuing picture divided to multiple covers, but because of that the covers were meant to be connected. But why not make the characters interact instead? Makes no sense to me, its like Valiant’s cover, they are clearly meant to be connected but the character are not interacting. What’s up with that?

And I have another question, why is Spider-man’s head posted in most Marvel comics? Does that mean that the comics or the story inside is part of Spider-man’s universe in general?? I honestly don’t know.

And I have another question, why is Spider-man’s head posted in most Marvel comics? Does that mean that the comics or the story inside is part of Spider-man’s universe in general?? I honestly don’t know.

I’ll give you an answer in a Comic Book Questions Answered presently. ;)

The X-Factor covers are clearly supposed to go together because the ship fits the background. Although I NEVER noticed. How about issue 2-6 of Leggionaires.

X-Men: Fall of the Mutants v2 has not one but two showings of the X-Factor tryptic. One is the original covers seen above but the other is a gorgeous recolouring unobscured by logos and corener boxes.

marvel1980s posted a recoloring of the artwork for X-Factor #24-26 that really helps show how these images are connected.

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