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I Can’t Cover What I Am – Marvel’s Wolverine Art Appreciation Covers

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Juan Doe’s cover for Moon Knight #29…

in inspired by Pablo Picasso, such as “Three Dancers”…

Next is Paolo Rivers’a cover for Ms. Marvel #38…

Homaging the work of N.C. Wyeth, such as this piece from Wyeth’s Treasure Island series of paintings, “One more step, Mr. Hands, said I, and I’ll blow your brains out”….

David Lafuente’s cover for Runaways #9…

was inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha, like this work, “Zodiac”…

Secret Warriors #3 has a cover by Gerald Parel, referecing the work of Gustav Klimt…

Such as “Lady With Fan”…

Laura Martin paid homage to Vincent Van Gogh with her cover to Uncanny X-Men #508…

Here’s a self-portrait of the artist…

With War Machine #5, Fiona Staples homages the great portrait artist, John Singer Sargent…

Here is one of Sargent’s top pieces…

Wolverine First Class #14 had a cover by Chris Elipoulos, homaging Sunday funnies…

I just picked one particular Sunday comic strip, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, as an example…

Finally, Morry Hollowell finished everything up with X-Men Legacy #223…

homaging Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe paintings…

Finally, as a bonus, Paolo Rivera shared on his great website a cover he ended up not getting approved for publication

Based, of course, on Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”…

So there you have it! A quick refresher course in great artwork!

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cool. i love the sunday funnies one, good work copying not just Schultz, but Watterson and Davies too.

Why didn’t Marvel use that last unused cover by Rivera? That is perfect! I’d love to hear their reason…

Love the Exiles cover.

It seems silly to me to have variant covers featuring Wolverine on titles that have nothing to do with Wolverine (unless he appeared in each of the stories as well, as part of the gimmick).

“It seems silly to me to have variant covers featuring Wolverine on titles that have nothing to do with Wolverine (unless he appeared in each of the stories as well, as part of the gimmick).”

Wait, there are Marvel titles that have nothing to do with Wolverine?

The one attributed to be based on Kirby looks more like a Trimpe homage to me…

In terms of postmodernism, only Morry Hollowell is successful at articulating the emptiness and flatness of the “quotations” to “sources” that really mean nothing. The references are unmoored from the signifying chain and have their limited meaning dispersed across the surface. Regardless of their theoretical or thematic success/failure, I still really liked most of these.

@fury:

If you look at the link posted, you’ll see that editorial approved it, but it was legal that said no. Unlike the rest of these images, Wolverine Gothic isn’t an homage. It’s a digital paint over. If you look at it, you can see that a whole lot of the source painting is retained. Even though the original, implied copyright on the Grant Wood original has long expired, the work might retain SOME legal protection. The Wolverine paint over is certainly fun to look at, but it’s not an original image. Legally speaking, it’s a derivative work. It’s not original enough to be protected in its entirety.

It’s a shame that sales didn’t support Dr Strange’s title when Dali and Magritte were trading arcs awhile after Ditko left. Too bad.

While some of these were, to be diplomatic, total pieces of shit, that Dali homage was brilliant. First, the complaints: 1. The Warhol was both lazy and done to death already. 2. People have been “homaging” (i.e. ripping off Kirby for decades). 3. The cave painting looked more like Peter Kuper circa 1990’s. 4. As for that American Gothic, I’m surprised the editors didn’t have enough sense to reject lame junk when they saw it. American Gothic parodies are almost as played out as Mona Lisa parodies, and that lazy artist not only just did a paint over, but made no effort to imitate Wood’s style at all. What was the point of it? It was not clever, it was not funny, and it was not well-executed.

Now onto the Dali, which WAS funny (check the claw-sliced surrealism of the tree, use of the maple leaf, the X- Plane (or whatever it’s called). It was clever (the soft glove mirroring the melting clocks) and, most impressively, the technique was spot-on. Dali was a technically brilliant painter, and this artist perfectly captured his very difficult style. Especially note the play of light on the mask, water, egg, and clouds–very Daliesque!

@cool arrow, Matthew, and Travis: LOL!

Since I’ve been trying to be more gracious lately, I’ll note that the pitchfork/ claws thing on the Rivera piece was nice. But that’s as far as I will go!

"O" the Humanatee!

September 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

@mrclam (and also @Rob): From the description on Paolo Rivera’s site, I’d guess he did the “paint-over” of American Gothic as a relatively quick-and-dirty job meant to show the general proposal to editorial and legal. Why should he have bothered with a fully finished piece if he wasn’t going to get paid for it? It certainly doesn’t reflect his technical abilities: Rivera, whom mrclam calls “that lazy artist,” is the very same painter he praises for “perfectly captur[ing]” Dali’s “very difficult style”!

Are we sure Gerald Parel’s Secret Warriors cover isn’t a homage to Bill Sienkiewicz? ;^)

@O– I thought that was the finished piece, which is why I called it “lazy”. I didn’t bother to go to the blog because I had no interest in that crap idea. He did great on the Dali, but even perfectly executed, the American Gothic would have been a bore. Do a Google image search for “American Gothic parody” and you will see what a tired, been-there-done-that idea it was.

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