Continuing with the European master doing work for the American market thread started yesterday, we turn our attention to Milo Manara, the “master of erotic comics”. This one is a bit of a strange case … I mean, the jump from doing his European album thing to working with Neil Gaiman for Sandman: Endless Nights was more or less reasonable (after all, he illustrated the chapter dedicated to Desire and we have to consider other artists like Prado or Storey worked on it, too). Then it gets a bit weird, as he decided to work on X-Women with Chris Claremont, which I find quite puzzling (but, hey, the X-Men being a best-seller with a couple of movies and the chance to work with the writer who made them what they are must have been an incentive … apart from some crazy money, of course). Which brings us to the present. A present where he is doing Marvel covers every month these days (10 and counting). A present where we have a cover featuring an illustration of Angela by Milo Manara in a comic published by Disney. Who could have foreseen this 10 years ago? Surely, this is how it must have felt when the multiverse merged into a single universe at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Anyway, you are here for the covers, so here they are:
X-Men #1 Manara variant
Uncanny X-Force #5 Manara variant
Uncanny X-Men #12 Manara variant
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1 Manara variant
Savage Wolverine #2 Manara variant
Uncanny Avengers #2 Manara variant
Uncanny Avengers #8 Manara variant
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Manara variant
Guardians of the Galaxy #5 Manara variant
Fearless Defenders #1 Manara variant
As a bonus, the other two covers he did for Vampirella and Verotik Illustrated, if only because they make a lot more sense:
Before Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido unleashed the extremely beautiful Blacksad on all of us, Juanjo also did some pin-ups and covers for Comics Forum. It´s funny to look back on this now and be amazed by the artistic evolution Mr Guarnido has gone through, but some of these undeniably have a lot of charm:
There’s not much I can tell you about Carlos Pacheco that hasn’t been said before, originally from Spain he jumped from Marvel UK to the US and has worked on almost all the big titles and even published creator owned stuff. So, keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at his beginnings doing covers and pin-ups for Comics Forum (the Spanish publisher of Marvel comics during the 80’s and 90’s).
Here’s an assortment of his covers for Clasicos Marvel (a series that reprinted classic Marvel arcs). I guess most of you will have no problems to identify which arcs they are for:
Powerman & Iron Fist
And some other covers and pin-ups from other series:
Here is another great artist who’s been getting a bit more (very deserved) attention lately, Tradd Moore. If you want to enjoy more of his hyper-kinetic art, try either of the Luther Strode books (the only one in trade at the moment is The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Vol. 1), the level of detail is insane!
Seems he’s getting more and more cover work from Marvel these days, so I guess sequential art from Marvel cannot be far behind.
Young Avengers variant cover
Astonishing X-Men Try-out. Seems like they were looking for someone to cover up for Jason Pearson …