Bleeding Cool gave us some pretty good news yesterday, a new comic featuring Mandrake will be published in September by Dynamite: King’s Watch. A crossover with The Phantom and Flash Gordon, too (I swear I didn’t know anything about this when I wrote my post yesterday). And written by Jeff Parker. Does it get better than that? Yes, but only if the preview pages are repeated in classic symmetrical fashion the likes of which we have not seen since Watchmen and if there’s something we like more than Mandrake comics, it’s Mandrake comics remixed. I am guessing it will be corrected at some point, so here it is, the preview as it originally appeared:
King’s Watch cover
King’s Watch Variant cover
Giant Stregon vs Elephant
Chomp. chomp, Mr. E!
Here comes the Phantom!!!
Jungle gymnastics will make giant Stregon nice …
Mission accomplished, Phantom!
Heal, Mr. E!
Let’s go to Vegas together!!!
King’s Watch Variant backcover
King’s Watch backcover
Thanks, Mr. Parker and thanks BC for the remix!
I was googling the covers Kirby did for Verotik (Danzig’s comic company) and unexpectedly fell upon Glenn Danzig interviewing Jack Kirby, which I didn’t know had happened, but I am not really surprised about (with Danzig being such a huge Kirby fan).
Anyway, here are the covers (not Kirby’s greatest work, but still Kirby):
Satanika #8 variant cover by Jack Kirby
Akuma-She Illustrations variant cover by Jack Kirby
Let’s finish (for now, might do another one over the weekend) with another great artist: Fernando de Felipe … Unfortunately retired from comics (like German García), he seems to be working in cinema now, which is a real pity. Books like ADN and Marketing & Utopía have a lot to do with a lot of people in my generation liking comics that pushed the boundaries. His (and his writing collaborators’) characters, more than often psychotically obsessed, and the claustrophobic stories were a breath of fresh air compared to what the market was offering in the 80’s and 90’s.
In any case, another one of those creators whose work you should probably look out for. You can actually find his adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs here … And what kind of monster would I be if I didn’t recommend the brand new David Hine and Mark Stafford’s adaptation of the same story?
Cover for Marketing & Utopia
Cover for the Spanish Edition of Mars Attacks
Cover for a Nick Fury TPB
Mummified Batman and Joker
Back cover of Marketing & Utopia
Page 14 of Museum
The Joker for a magazine cover
Page from his adaptation of The Man Who Laughs
I am really glad Javier Pulido is back. For a moment (after the last issues of the Incredible Hulk series), it looked like he had disappeared forever, but it seems that he is back now and getting the recognition his amazing art deserves. Again, this will be a look at his early career in Spain as information about the rest of it can be found online pretty easily. It’s incredible to see all his talent was already there, in these, his first published (except for the sample) works … Enjoy!
Onslaught cover for Comics Forum
Ad for Spanish comic shop
Cover for Spanish fanzine
Sample for Marvel / DC
Another sample for Marvel / DC
Illustration for, probably, Comics Forum
Cable & Wolverine
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:
Captain America vs Red Skull
Inferno – X-Men
Inferno – X-Factor
She-Hulk and Silver Surfer
X-Men in Spain
Inferno – New Mutants