Welcome once more, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling comic-cover compendium, and hoo-boy is there a herculean host of astounding art available this week at your local comic-book emporium, so many in fact that we were literally unable to purchase just one, so here for your delightful delectation are this week’s outstanding oeuvre on offer…
Red Sonja #1
Dynamite Comics’ she devil with a sword returns in a fantastic new Red Sonja series by Mirka Andolfo and artist Giuseppe Cafaro. This new chapter in the embattled life of Sonja begins in a village ravaged by fire, set by members of the dread Three Eyed Shezem. When Sonja arrives, the only survivor is a young child with curious white tattoos, this child will become Sonja’s travel companion on a journey through chilling ice fjords and imposing forests.
Stunning Italian writer/artist Mirka Andolfo brings her formidable skills to the harsh and barbarous world of Red Sonja, ably backed up by the incredible talents of Giuseppe Cafaro, whose impressive art shines from panel to panel like Sonja’s seminal silver armour in the undying flames of battle!
Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #3
The Wonder Woman: Black and Gold mini-series has so far wrought a magnificent myriad of absolutely fabulous comic covers from some of the greatest talents working in comics today. Each and every piece of art from this sublime series has been astonishing, with the fallout for this particular fan of the Themysciran Titan being that I have zero willpower and am thus compelled to buy each and every one I can lay my fanatical fingers upon (seriously, it’s so bad, my poor ol’ wallet has booked itself into therapy!)
This classic continuing celebration of the wondrous one is a must buy for fans, with the above dynamic duo of delectable designs brought to you by artistic auteurs – Jae Lee and Joshua Middleton.
Harley Quinn Annual 2021
The crazy clowness of crime returns in an astonishing annual that contains all the mirth and majestic mayhem that you’d expect from the psychedelic psychopath of print. This forty eight page finagling fable is brought to you by writer – Stephanie Phillips and artist – David Lafuente, who also supplies one of the classic covers above, alongside the vaunted variant by dynamic Derrick Chew.
This irascible issue finds our hapless hero bound and captured by Gotham’s newest SuperVillain – Keepsake, who kidnapped ol’ Harl in an attempt to convince her to be his partner in crime to overthrow and ultimately subjugate the people of Gotham. It’s going to take a titanic team up of Harley’s newest sidekick – Kevin, and undead rhyming ghoul – Solomon Grundy to save the hellacious hellcat from the devious designs of Keepsake.
These Classic Covers Are Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now! Which Of The Above Peerless Paintings In Print Is Your Favourite? Why Not Sound Off In The Comments Below…
Comic books as an art form have always been incredibly overlooked in comparison to other forms of the visual medium, and even when comics themselves are actually celebrated as a bona-fide entry into the long history of fine art, the kudos oft goes to the (admittedly terrifically talented) writers, with the artists and inkers routinely sidelined in deference to the authors. It’s true, of course, that no amount of vivacious visuals will really matter if the writing sucks (case in point: Frank Miller and Jim Lee collaboration – All Star Batman and Robin) but the same can be said for the reversal of this point.
Comic-book series live and die off of a mutual synergy between all included creators, this also includes the almost always forgotten aforementioned inkers and letterers, though what originally enraptured me, way back when, as a six year old newbie to comics, was the dazzling and dynamic drawings of these sundry artistic auteurs, and over the many years that I’ve been enjoying comics as a true form of art, very few have bedazzled me as much as the astonishing visual virtuoso that is – Jenny Frison.
Jenny Frison is an American comic-book artist who first became beguiled by the medium after discovering the astonishing Amazon – Wonder Woman, as a young girl. She was an art student at the Northern Illinois University, where she majored in illustration before enrolling at the prestigious Kubert School Of Art. During this tenure, she decided to focus her inordinate artistic talents towards comic covers, an incredibly important art form in the wonderful world that is comics, for it is often the cover image itself that will ultimately sell the content within the pages, and draw in potential purchasers.
It was thanks to writer Tim Seeley that Jenny was given her inaugural start in comic-books after he approached her to draw a cover for Image Comics’ horror series – Hack/Slash, they went on to become good friends and continue to share a workspace at Four Star Studios in Chicago.
Jenny’s personal artistic process begins with a pencilled illustration before moving on to a tonal version of the sketch on grey paper. This image is then in turn digitally coloured using Photoshop. Jenny has a very distinct and instantly recognisable style that helps her stand out from a sea of artists working in the comic-book medium, and because of her focus on single imagery in the form of covers, the resulting illustrations are always incredibly rendered and detailed, with spectacular colours that radiate warmth and depth.
For me personally it was her tenacious tenure as cover artist for the Wonder Woman Rebirth arc that sold me on her astounding artistic aesthetic, where she was tasked with representing the amazing Amazon from issue #9 right through to issue #61, with each and every image a magnificent masterpiece, with most of her outstanding output oeuvre on the Themysciran Titan being some of my absolute favourite visual representations of Diana, ever!
Jenny has been nominated twice in the Harvey Awards for best comic cover artist and continues to pour her prodigious talent into sumptuous cover classics for DC Comics and also friendly rivals – IDW, Dynamite Comics, Dark Horse and Marvel.