Soooo, to finish off the week of art, how about some Keith Giffen? I wanted to end big and trying to pick a few Kirby pieces would be too heart-breaking. I have loved Giffen’s work since I can remember and his ability to reinvent his style decade after decade is one of the most interesting things to follow in the US comics scene.
I tried to select some unpublished or rare illustrations. Some of them are from http://www.comicartfans.com, which, as always, feels like a trip down the missed opportunities boulevard …
Mr. Giffen, we all like your writing but try to get some art done more regularly, please! And if everything else fails, there’s always Kickstarter!!!
Darkseid Splash from DC Challenge #11
Batman features on a page from the Charlton character focused unpublished Blockbuster series
JLA illustration for an ad of Giffen & co’s last arc on the series, Breakdowns
Captain America Spotlight cover
Zemo vs Cap on the unpublished Captain America Spotlight #2 cover
Is this the only time Giffen drew Wolverine?
Pencils by Jason Pearson, inks by Giffen
Kirby as God for the cover of Victory #5, still unpublished
The world at large now knows about Shaky Kane due to his and David Hine’s delightful Bulletproof Coffin. However, Shaky has been working on comics for two decades now, and 2000AD was there to showcase his talent since the beginning.
Starting with his droid profile:
Romance comics tribute cover:
And, of course, who could forget his Shaky’s Beyond Belief series, a sample of which follows (click on the image to get a bigger version and yes, the Nostradamus drawing is a copy of this one here, but that’s beyond the point):
We are not reading many new comics these days (and not finding many that much exciting stuff in them, anyway), so this is another look to the past. From the realm of forgotten comics comes this page from Jack Kirby’s Spirit World:
Published in 1971, this magazine, edited by the king himself, shows us a man focused on what he knew what to do best, destroying cities. Enjoy!!!
It has been a while since the last time we posted the first entry in this section, so to make up for it and while we get our shit together, here come two great pages from the past.
First, from Thor #171, an example of Kirbyvision in all its glory:
From one master to another, Keith Giffen’s last page for the second issue of the first Ambush Bug mini:
You are welcome, Internet!