Mister X Cover Gallery (and a nod to Patrick Cowley)

11 Nov

We’ve spoken about Mister X before and would like to return for a moment. After all, Mister X, his surrounding cast of characters and environs are just so interesting, darling.

Mister X Comics by Dean Motter

The character Mister X first appeared in comic-book form on the cover of Vortex #2 (Vortex was an anthology comic published by Vortex Comics in the early 80’s). Following shortly after was the first self-titled series which ran through 14 issues. Volume 2 completed in 13 issues, and Volume 3 presented 4 issues. We have included the covers for Mister X: Condemned as well (there are other stories and appearances that we will try to “cover” in future posts). Condemned was published by Dark Horse in 2008 whereas the other volumes were published by Vortex Comics in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The actual first published appearance of Mister X was on a record cover for a single titled Megatron Man by a dude called Patrick Cowley. We had never heard of him before, that we recall, so we did a bit of research.

Pop synth music

Patrick Cowley was a forerunner of  the style of synthesized dance music that helped lay the groundwork for bands such as Pet Shop Boys and New Order. He did his biggest work in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Pretty progressive stuff given the era it was written in. Not really our cup of tea, but here is one of the songs off Megatron Man.

Mister X, Dean Motter Comic BooksBack to Mister X…why do we like it? Dean Motter‘s creation combined elements of crime noir from the 1930’s, sharp light and dark contrasts in heavily stylistic art, a fascinating play with what Motter dubbed “antique futurism,” and a cerebral but disturbing psychology. It’s too bad that like so many other great stories from the 1980’s, the implosion of the independent, creator-driven comic books, robbed Mister X from get the attention the stories were due. We’re appreciative that Dean Motter hasn’t entirely abandoned his magnificent creation and hope to see more work in the future.

Anyway, you’ve asked and we have complied. A cover gallery of Mister X volumes 1, 2, and 3, and the Condemned mini-series have been added.

Take a look.

If you missed them the first time around, there are some additional Mister X pictures and details worth checking out.

One Response to “Mister X Cover Gallery (and a nod to Patrick Cowley)”


  1. Awesome Red Comic Book Covers, because … why not? « Comics A-Go-Go! - January 31, 2013

    […] Mister X Volume 3 #4: This comic book came to our attention because we had fallen in love with Stig’s Inferno and since Vortex was the publisher of both, there was an ad for Mister X in one of the Inferno issues. It was some of the most stylish stuff we’d seen to date and the covers were fantastic. Later, the rights to the series migrated to Caliber Comics. We bought those issues but still haven’t read them – no idea why, just haven’t. Anyway, this is one of many good covers and it’s also our favorite of the outstanding red ones (Volume 1 #1 and Volume 1 #12 (the later of which is our favorite cover overall by creator Dean Motter) are also fantastic). Take a look at all of the covers in this gallery. […]

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