In classic Fanthoman train of thought derailment fashion, let me tell you (as if you didn’t know) that the guys who do the Capcom illustrations for the Capcom VS series are simply amazing. I am guessing they are some sort of studio, but the two names I hear more often are Shinkiro and Bengus and their art is truly amazing … I came across some of their work while looking for the cover art for the game cover series and it reminded me that I had never written anything about them, and that’s really unfair as the book they put out about Marvel vs Capcom is one of my favourite artbooks ever.
Drool all you want, it’s your computer after all!!!
So, again with the short post, sorry about that (if anyone cares) …
A while ago, I ordered a couple of commissions from Shaky Kane (one intended as a present and the one below), and who am I not to share it with the Internet. My only request was to have the Coffin Fly and the Unforgiving Eye, then giving good old Shaky absolute freedom to do whatever he wanted. The result was impressive, fast and way better than I was expecting.
Here’s the original that’s now waiting for an appropriate frame back at home:
Inked art, ruler in inches
He even scanned and colored it because he’s that nice:
Now I spend my days thinking about ways to get some money and order more …
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:
Still a bit short of time, but here’s some art for your eyes to feast upon … This time it’s no one other than Moebius and I am not even going to bother and try to write him up. You don’t know who it is, click on the wiki link. The one thing I will say, though, is that it’s a pity that we cannot expect to be surprised by guys like him or Kirby anymore … Also, that has to be the best-looking Iron Man ever.