Precinct1313’s Top Ten Favourite Comic-Book Covers Of All Time: No.06 – Madame Xanadu #6 – Amy Reeder Hadley

Welcome back, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to the continuing countdown of our absolute favourite comic-book covers of all time. In our earlier ebullient episode we introduced you to dynamic Dave Gibbons’ perfectly phantastic pictorial of The Phantom! This impeccable instalment will highlight the astonishing Amy Reeder Hadley, most prominently her stellar work on Madame Xanadu, with this celestial cover for Disenchanted #6.

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Eisner award winning artist Amy Reeder was first discovered by the Tokyopop imprint for whom she wrote and illustrated the popular manga – Fools Gold. Amy went on to work for powerhouse publisher DC Comics, where she was commissioned to illustrate the Madame Xanadu series alongside superstar scribe Matt Wagner. She also was the penciller for DC on Batwoman, and the cover artist for Supergirl before making the transition to Image Comics where she co-created the character – Rocket Girl. 

Madame Xanadu was created by David Micheline, Val Mayerik and Michael Kaluta in 1978, making her inaugural appearance in Doorway To Nightmare #1. Xanadu became a well loved mainstay of the mystery series, with the monthly horror anthology eventually paving the way for DC’s adult supernatural imprint – Vertigo.

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Disenchanted was the initial ten issue story arc that ran through Xanadu’s monthly exciting escapades, originally released in 2008, written by legendary Grendel creator, Matt Wagner. The vivacious visuals employed by Amy throughout this superb series helped form a very real emotional attachment to the character of Nimue (Xanadu). Amy is an extremely versatile artist and this ultimately shines through in a story that encompasses many eras throughout human history, which meant Amy had to render everything from medieval castles through gritty and grimy London in the 1800’s and beyond, all of which she accomplished with ease thanks to her exquisitely consummate talent.

Why Not Join Us Again Next Time, Fellow Agents Of Precinct1313, For Our Continuing Celebratory Countdown Of Cool And Crazy Comic Cover Collectables!

 

About Bruce Hodder (formerly known as ArcaneHalloween)

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Posted on January 6, 2021, in Comics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The concept is great, but the art style is a bit weird, in true Vertigo fashion. 🙂

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  2. That’s an excellent cover showing the light and dark side by flipping the comic around, yin and yang! I like her style – has a fairy tale / oracle card element to it.

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