ISSUE #81: High-Flying Finch

 

Welcome back to yet another new Cover Tunes, fellow hunters. As always, hoping you had fantastic luck in the bins, last week. I also hope you all had a wonderful and safe Halloween. I brought my little one out for his first trick-or-treating and it was pretty awesome. As such, with Halloween over and our four week foray into horror and monster covers also finished, it is time to change focus.

Inasmuch, I had the opportunity to attend Memphis Comic Expo a couple of weeks ago and while there, I was able to chat with David and Meredith Finch. Both were lovely and gracious people. David did a fantastic little Wonder Woman sketch for me. I asked for a remark and, of course, I only expected a few little sketched lines and a signature. What I ended up with was QUITE beyond that. When I told him it was the most epic remark, ever, his response was, “I can’t just hack something out.” For him, it had to be up to his reputation and high standard. For a short time-lapse video of David Finch sketching my Wonder Woman “remark,” see below.

 

 

Many of the sought after Finch covers are high ratio incentives and worth quite a bit. The most famous probably being his Wonder Woman #38 1:100 variant (often referred to as the “Butt-Shot” or “Hot Pants” variant). Many of his rather scarce Messiah Complex variants also fetch excellent prices. Ignoring those as well as  the many hyper-modern books Finch has worked on like Savage Sword of Conan, Savage Avengers, Batman Rebirth and others, there are a metric ton of beautiful covers from him. Below, I’ve chosen a few of my all-time favorites. I’m featuring a lot of covers this week, so the write-ups will just be quick-hit style. I hope you like these as much as I do…

 

Wonder Woman #51 (2011 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – June, 2016

ARTIST: David Finch

 

For me, Finch’s work on Wonder Woman is among his best. It is clean and sexy and depicts Diana correctly as a tough and capable bad-@$$. The line was dying during New52 and the Finches saved it toward the end starting with #36 (which is my favorite cover in the run and featured in Cover Tunes #1 which is sadly no longer available) and going on through to the end. This one is my second favorite and almost as good as the #36. I mean, c’mon… Wonder Woman AND a dragon?!?!?! Perfect.

 

Batman #700 (1940 Series)

PUBLISHED: DC Comics – August, 2010

ARTIST: David Finch

 

This is classic Batman cover in my opinion. An instantly recognizable cover when it pops up in bins, there is a red second printing to be aware of. I like the first print better, though. I love it when artists use the cape as a positive addition to the composition and Finch nails that on this one. The use of shadow and negative space is awesome as is the depth of this piece. Another cover price snag on this one.

 

Wolverine #900 (2003 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – July, 2010

ARTIST: David Finch

 

Finch has a few amazing Wolvie covers, but I love the use of shadow on this one and, like most finch covers, the depiction of high emotion. Wolverine’s rage is highly visceral, here, with the trademark feral stance and anger. I just love the perspective on this one and the skulls and water are not to be slept on, either. Just a fantastic full composition that is an easy cover price grab.

 

Uncanny X-Men #493 (1963 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – February, 2008

ARTIST: David Finch

New X-Men #45 (2004 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – February, 2008

ARTIST: David Finch

 

I put both of these together since they are both part of the Messiah Complex story arc and released in the same month. However, they are both very different covers. There is high emotion in the Uncanny #493 cover and a beautiful moment. Hope as a baby – I always thought this cover should be more sought after. The rage and action in the New X-Men #45 cover is also incredible in both motion and feeling. Now, of course, I’m a sucker for X-23, so I may be a little biased, but deal with it. Both of these can be had for cover price or less.  

 

Moon Knight #2 (2006 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – July, 2006

ARTIST: David Finch

 

Quite possibly Finches best “A” cover, ever, he took over the mantle of Platt’s look on Moon Knight impeccably well. Also, we all seem to be suckers for rain covers and this one crushes. All about perspective and that amazing sketchy-while-clean style that Finch is famous for. It’s all here on a cover you can get for a couple of bucks.

 

X-Infernus #3 (2009 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – April, 2009

ARTIST: David Finch

 

So, this cover is ridiculous as is the #1 that I already featured in Cover Tunes #37. The use of light is astoundingly great as is the detail in the linework. Some serious time went into this one and it shows. Every cover in this little mini series is fantastic, but after the #1, this is definitely the stand out. Easy cover price snag on this one.

 

Psylocke #2 (2010 Series)

PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – February, 2010

ARTIST: David Finch

 

Everyone goes nuts over the #1 regular cover (by Finch) which I already covered in Cover Tunes #19 and the 2nd print variant (not by Finch) for this series, but somehow, this ridiculous #2, which is just as good and even sexier, is often passed over. I’m assuming I don’t need to describe why this one is amazing (because butts), but I will a little, anyway. I love incredibly dynamic action covers and am a sucker for the backlit thing. This one has both and is done with mastery. An overshadowed cover that deserves more lovin’. Probably not cover price (more like $10), but still cheap, considering.  

 

*****

 

As always, lately, I could have chosen at least 20 or 30 Finch covers for this week’s feature (including a ton of his Brightest Day covers), but I had to narrow it down to my favorites. I’m curious at your favorites. Drop a comment and let me know your thoughts. Until next week, be well, thanks for reading and happy hunting.

 

 

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    Finch is awesome. Love the guy. I got to meet him a the now defunct New Jersey Comic Expo a few years ago. I got a Wonder Woman quick sketch then later on spent for a Batgirl bust sketch. This was during the early part of King’s Batman run. I loved sitting there and watching him sketch. He’s a super nice guy. Nobody draws people on rooftops better than him. I mean just look at that Moon Knight 2 and Batman 700 above. Crazy good. If his Wonder Woman isn’t the best out there then he’s certainly got to be in the conversation. So far in my comic collecting life I’d say that meeting him and meeting Jim Starlin have been the most memorable for me.

    • Mike Morello

      Thank you for the fantastic comment. Appreciate you taking the time to tell it. I agree that he was fantastic to meet and look forward to speaking with him, further. I also agree about him and wonder woman and put him in the top 5. Tough to put him ahead of Hughes, Bolland and Frison, though. Thanks so much, again!

  • Ben C

    Sad to see the horror go but can’t argue with Finch!! Great vid mike, and some great covers!! I think my favorites are a few of his Batman variants, specifically the pre New 52 Dark Knight stuff.

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    I collect David Finch covers. I have over 500 so far. I showcase them on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidfinchcoverartcollection/ Go to Photos/Albums/See All This is a fan page only- books are not for sale. Feel free to comment on your favorite covers!

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