Francesco Mattina Covers

tumblr_m7whpnreBX1qhv5sho1_1280We have been talking on and off about Francesco Mattina since the early days of CBSI so I thought I would go and take a look at his art and lay it in front of you all so we can all decide just how good he is.

While most people remember him from his epic Thunderbolts cover run, his Elric covers are absolutely amazing, bringing a ferocity to the character that was unheard of. And that's probably one of Mattina's strengths, his covers are energetic and dynamic with characters that pop up of the art, grab you by the hair and punch you in the face.

Before the checklist, let's take a look at some of my favorite covers:

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 Interesting layouts … CHECK!
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 Bad-ass women … CHECK!!
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 Iconic poses … CHECK!!!

Not the most scientific approach, I know, but this is art, what did you expect? It's interesting to see there's some common ground between Mattina and Dell'Otto in the depiction of the human form and the movement in their covers. It's not very easy to capture when doing painted work, but both these guys seem to have it figured it out.

The only problem I have with his art is that there's just not a lot of it out there. Please publishers, more Mattina!!!

I have to mention that Star Wars #1 French variant, of course, as it's not included in the checklist:

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In any case, take a look, let us know your opinion and if you want to start your Mattina collection, here's a bit of homework …

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ROW #1

AFTER DARK (2010) # 0
AFTER DARK (2010) # 1
AFTER DARK (2010) # 2
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 1
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 2
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 3
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 4
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 5
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 6
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 7
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 8
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 9
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) # 10
AZRAEL (2009) # 4
AZRAEL (2009) # 5
AZRAEL (2009) # 6
AZRAEL (2009) # 7

ROW #2

AZRAEL (2009) # 8
AZRAEL (2009) # 9
AZRAEL (2009) # 10
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL (2007) # 34
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL (2007) # 35
BATMAN EUROPA (2015) # 3 (Francesco Mattina 1:25 Variant)
CAPTAIN AMERICA (2013) # 15 (Francesco Mattina 1:50 Cover)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: ROAD TO WAR (2016) # 1 (Francesco Mattina Variant)
DARK WOLVERINE (2009) # 79 (Francesco Mattina 1:10 “Zombie” Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 1
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 2
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 2 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 3
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 3 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 4
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 4 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 5

ROW #3

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 5 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 6
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 6 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 7
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 7 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 8
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 8 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 9
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 9 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 10
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 10 (Francesco “Matt” Mattina 1:10 Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 11
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 11 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Cover)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 12
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST (2011) # 12 (Francesco Mattina 1:10 Virgin Cover)
FANTASTIC FOUR COSMIC-SIZE SPECIAL (2009)
GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD – ACT 3 (2015) # 1

ROW #4

GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD – ACT 3 (2015) # 2
GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD – ACT 3 (2015) # 3
GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD – ACT 3 (2015) # 4
GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD – ACT 3 (2015) # 5
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP (2015) # 10 (Francesco Mattina Gamestop Variant)
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 1
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 2
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 3
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 4
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 5
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 6
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 8
HYPERNATURALS (2012) # 8 (Francesco Mattina Virgin Sketch Cover)
JOKER'S ASYLUM II: KILLER CROC (2010)
NOVA (2007) # 17
NOVA (2007) # 18
NOVA (2007) # 19

ROW #5

PUNISHER (2016) # 1 (Limited Edition Comix Variant)
PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD (2011) # 1
RED HOOD: THE LOST DAYS (2010) # 1 (Francesco Mattina 1:25 Cover)
RINSE, THE (2011) # 1
RYDER ON THE STORM (2010) # 0
RYDER ON THE STORM (2010) # 1
RYDER ON THE STORM (2010) # 2
RYDER ON THE STORM (2010) # 3
SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS (2010) # 1
SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS (2010) # 2
SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS (2010) # 3
SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS (2010) # 4
SHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT (2010) # 1
SHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT (2010) # 2
SHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT (2010) # 3
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 3
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 3 (2nd Printing)

ROW #6

SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 4
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 5
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 6
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 7
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) # 8
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 1
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 2
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 3
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 4
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 5
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 5 (2nd Print)
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 6
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 7
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 8
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 9
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 10
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 11

ROW #7

SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2015) # 12
TASKMASTER (2010) # 2
TASKMASTER (2010) # 3
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 126
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 127
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 128
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 129
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 130
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 131
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 132
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 133
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 134
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 135
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 136
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 137
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 138
THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 139

ROW #8

THUNDERBOLTS (1997) # 140
TRAVELER, THE (2010) # 4
TRAVELER, THE (2010) # 4 (Francesco Mattina 1:10 Virgin Cover)
VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT (2009) # 2 (Francesco Mattina 1:10 “Zombie” Cover)
VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT (2009) # 10
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 2
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 3
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 4
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 5
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 6
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 7
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 8
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 9
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 10
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 11
WAR MACHINE (2009) # 12
WOLVERINE: MR. X (2010)

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