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In this column, Mark Ginocchio (from Chasing Amazing) takes a look at the gimmick covers from the 1990s and gives his take on whether the comic in question was just a gimmick or whether the comic within the gimmick cover was good. Hence “Gimmick or Good?” Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far. We continue with 1994’s acetate plastic covered Marvels #1-4…
Marvels #1-4 (published January 1994-April 1994) script by Kurt Busiek, art by Alex Ross
This mid-90s Eisner-award winning mini-series re-imagines some of the greatest Golden and Silver Age stories in Marvel comics history like the birth of the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner in pre-World War II America, and the death of Gwen Stacy in 1972, through the lens of fictional photographer Phil Sheldon. The series is also famous for introducing artist Alex Ross and his painted covers and interiors to the mainstream comics consuming public. Still, rather than just letting the classic stories and wholly unique artwork speak for themselves, Marvel packaged each of the comics like commemorative books of artwork – complete with “protective” acetate plastic covers (which actually scratch more easily than standard covers) and a hefty (for the time) price tag of $4.95/$5.95 an issue.
But what about inside the comic?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!
This edition is all Alex Ross covers!
It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!
Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Earth X #12, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2000. Enjoy!
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As a designer, I love clothing. It is basically packaging for humans. Just like packaging, the function is two-fold; 1) Packaging gives a clear indication of what is inside, and 2) Packaging facilitates the use of whatever it contains. Extending this to clothing then, the primary function of any item of clothing is to convey something clear about the wearer to world, and then to create ease and efficacy of movement. Continue Reading »
Come along with me, as I generalize like crazy! It’s what you love, right?
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I’m as suprised as you, but Bill Mitchell did it, and it’s up there. It’s a retrospective not just on Waid’s career but his life in comics, starting with the first one he ever read, detailing how he went from writing about comics for Amazing Heroes to becoming a superstar writer in his own right. You get background info on the creation of Kingdom Come and his Flash run. He also talks about the problems he ran in to working at Crossgen, Bill Jemas’s Marvel, and Dan Didio’s DC, including the fact that Didio wasn’t a fan of one of Waid’s (among others) biggest recent projects:
EIC Dan Didio, who first championed the concept, hated what we were doing. H-A-T-E-D 52. Would storm up and down the halls telling everyone how much he hated it. And Steve, God bless him, kept us out of the loop on that particular drama. Siglain, having less seniority, was less able to do so, and there’s one issue of 52 near the end that was written almost totally by Dan and Keith Giffen because none of the writers could plot it to Dan’s satisfaction. Which was and is his prerogative as EIC, but man, there’s little more demoralizing than taking the ball down to the one-yard line and then being benched by the guy who kept referring to COUNTDOWN as “52 done right.”
It’s a hell of an interview, and thanks to the Savage Critic’s David Uzumeri for pointing it out in his review of Detective Comics #853, which certainly has the best use of MMA slogans in a Batman comic review I’ve ever see.