ISSUE #73: Off the Beaten Path

 

Welcome back to another fresh edition of Cover Tunes, everyone. Thank you all for your comments and thoughts on Linsner in last week’s article. He is a guy who deserves all of the praise we gave and then some.

With that said, In comparison to the prior three weeks or so, this past week has felt relatively light on authentic news. After SDCC and D23, this was bound to happen. Many rumors of various things began to circulate, but few of them have had any real proof other than the A.I. Iron Man/Riri Williams news.

Inasmuch, I HIGHLY caution speculators to be aware that there is constantly false news posted on the interwebs for the mere purpose of gaining attention, subscribers, likes and views. Be careful not to fall prey to such nonsense and vet your own sources. Do your own sleuthing and have the understanding that unless it’s actually been filmed, it may never see the screen (and even then, it STILL might not).

This week, I turn our attention back to DC comics with a bit of a random array of covers spanning over their various female heroines. I’ve chosen a few that I have actually come across in recent digs that I love. I hope you like them as well…

 

Batgirl: Year One #9 (2003 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – October, 2003

ARTIST: Marcos Martin

 

An incredibly simple and striking cover that very much has that pop art feel to it. It is all shape and color and simple line. Not every comic cover has to be a fully painted rendering to be masterful and, in fact, many would prefer comic covers weren’t complex – that the medium dictates simplicity. In that vein, this cover is the perfect composition from an artist who rarely gets into the limelight.  It very much has the feel of the Batman Animated Series and in this case, that works quite well.  

 

Supergirl #13 (1983 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – November, 1983

ARTISTS: Ed Hannigan/Dick Giordano

 

Technically, this is the last and final costume change for Supergirl (the one that gets us all the way to her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths) and, as such, may be considered a minor, minor key by some people. However, the book is still an under-$5 book all day with a fantastic “classic” feeling cover. Many collectors have become so spoiled by modern digital cover art, that they forget what a hand-drawn cover looks like (as well as the printing limitations of the times). This cover has life and tells a story which is something many modern covers fail to accomplish.  

 

Promethea #1 (1999 Series)

PUBLISHED: America’s Best Comics (DC) – August, 1999

ARTIST: Alex Ross

 

A gorgeous Ross cover that isn’t just beautiful because of the main composition, but also due to the amazing embellishments along the borders.  As most of you know, I exonerate Ross whenever I have half a chance because I don’t think his versatility gets enough praise (especially in the secondary market). This cover has a certain stylistic design aspect to it that is a departure from his usual style. It is more static than much of his other work and I rather like the differentiation.

 

Catwoman: When in Rome #1 (2004 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – March, 2005

ARTIST: Tim Sale

 

Much like the Batgirl, above, the genius in this cover lies in the design aesthetic and layout rather than in the compositional prowess, itself. The negative space plays the main role here and, as a result, the impact is superb. The incorporation of the trade dress within the composition gives it a mid-century film poster feel and I am a sucker for that look. I particularly love how the fur provides a frame for the face and the cat. It is a subtle touch that produces great dividends. All six covers in this run have the same design sense, but I think this one accomplishes it best (along with #4, perhaps). Either way, one can’t go wrong with any of them and they are all dollar bin books.  

 

[Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’] Stardust #3 (1998 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – February, 1998

ARTIST: Charles Vess

 

Certainly not quite the same thing as the covers, above. However, this is a gorgeous Charles Vess piece and we don’t talk about him nearly enough. The intricacies in the line work and the fragile and delicate feel of the entire piece give it the whimsicality that a fantasy cover should have.      

 

*****

 

Thanks, everyone, for another great week. Obviously, this was a very random week, but I hope there was something in there for everyone. Drop a comment and let me know your thoughts. Next time, we look at Wonder Woman through the ages. Until then, be well, thanks for reading and happy hunting.

 

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