Shaky Kane: Top 5 Covers
For those of us who were brutally assaulted by Shaky Kane‘s brand of neo(n)-pop in the early 90s (mostly through 2000AD and the glorious Soul Sisters in Judge Dredd Megazine), the lack of any new widely-available material during most of the 2000s seemed like the confirmation of our worst fears: the market was not ready for Shaky 2000. Fortunately, he has since come out of his white noise chamber completely re-energized and putting out new material like Bulletproof Coffin and Cowboys & Insects (with David Hine), a couple of issues of Elephantmen, the delicious That's Because You're a Robot (with David Quantick) and Cap'n Dinosaur (with Kek-W). If we add the Monster Truck reprint and a few projects in progress (like the announced The Beef), I think we can all agree that we are living in the age of Shaky and I, for one, couldn't be happier! His Top 5 covers are, as if I needed to tell you, a true delight!!!
GREEN LANTERN #69
I always imagined that this image would lend itself to a ‘take-off'. For instance, Ronald Reagan peeling back the mask: It's time TEEN NUKE-HEAD to discover what you've really fallen in love with!
SUPERMAN 80-PAGE GIANT #6
Curt Swan & George Klein
I was always taken by the whole otherworldliness of these reprints which appeared on the spinner rack during the sixties.
80 pages of Fantastic Things and Creatures. The magic wafted off the pages along with the smell of aged paper. Rumour had it these treasures arrived on these shores as stole-away paper ballast in the holds of cargo ships.
Robin Dies at Dawn. First time I saw the kid dead will always be my best.
Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella
Whoosh! Here comes the Rubber Headed Villain … The Eraser who tried to rub out The Batman. Originally bought as a sickbed treat by my mother, at a very impressionable age. To this day it remains my favourite cover.
NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD #3
I’d grown up a lot since the Batman comics, and in a way comics seemed to grow up with me. Probably lost on today’s mature comic book debating society, but Steranko’s work conjured the past, in particular Wally Wood and slammed the Kirby aesthetic bang into the 20th Century. A genuine milestone of creativity.
Honorable Mention: CAPTAIN AMERICA #107
Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia
I love this one it captures the feeling I had when I read those Fantasy Masterpiece reprints. Frank Giacoia lent Kirby's art a whole new gnarled ungainliness … chilling!