One of the most impressive displays at the Salt Lake Comic-Con was the Utah Lego User’s Group massive tabletop scenes from various movies. The entire thing was fantastic. There were scenes fashioned after The Lord of the Rings, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park, trains, and more.
I finally got around to it. I have thousands of pictures of stuff from Comic-Con. I already posted the ever-so-popular sexy cosplay pictures. Now it’s time for the pictures I shot at the Marvel space during Comic-Con. I snagged as many as I could but got there late and was near the back. Not surprisingly, my HTC One S under-performed. Yes, I know! Next time take a real camera. Got it! Sheesh.
Even though most of these pictures are pretty crappy in quality, it will give you an idea of the diversity of cosplayers that paraded across the Marvel stage. Most of the characters were from the Avengers and X-Men team. The Galactus dude nailed it (and Mini-Galactus deserves props for being a li’l cutie). I have no idea who the hell the person with the boxing gloves is supposed to be. Help? I threw in Harley Quinn since she showed up at the booth and was right next to me. Say, did you notice Rocket Raccoon?
This is a scan of a Dark Horse Comics mini poster by the legendary Alex Ross. I love this image specifically because of Elisa Cameron’s face. Look at those eyes! Great color choice, Alex.
It sounds like there is more Ghost on the horizon. At the Comic-Con, I talked to Patrick Thorpe, the Dark Horse Comics editor for the book, and he says to watch for new projects in the near future.
Ghost is a great character. Her history alone is intriguing; Ghost comes back from the afterlife as a gun-toting apparition seeking to fight crime while working to resolve the mysteries surrounding her death. The mystical and criminal elements throughout give the book a wide range of story-telling opportunities (and there is a wicked cool character named Cameron Nemo that was a partial inspiration for my Comics A-Go-Go “The Devil You Say” signature banner). I think she’s a strong female character that doesn’t suffer from the easy characterizations you get with other female heroes/villains in comics. Fortunately, Ghost has had the advantage of getting good writing and illustrating teams.
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And here’s your bonus. I first Alex Ross after he and Kurt Busiek launched the ground-breaking Marvels series. He was far more accessible back then and he was eager to chat up his role in painting the books. He is astonishingly good in my book. This is a scan of a promo bookmark from Comic-Con.
We like red. There, we’ve said it. Out of the bag, it is. Here are some of our favorite comic book covers that are soaked in red. What a beautiful color.
Amazing Spider-man #50: Iconic image. Our pick for best Spider-man cover. Yes, ever. What’s inside? 1st appearance of Kingpin and a soul searching that leads Peter Parker to throw away his suit and figure he is done with vigilantism for good. Of course, he is sucked back in because — “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!”
The Avengers #57: Pretty much as red as you can get. No other colors on this cover other than black and white and they only serve as shadow and light respectively. What’s inside? The 1st appearance of The Vision (who is a very cool character … most of the time).
Frank Miller’s Ronin # 1: Frank Miller’s art took a weird turn in Ronin. His personal project was pretty far out there compared to the more mainstream work he had done on Daredevil. We were already fans when we picked up Ronin as back issues because The Dark Knight Returns had just come out and we wanted to find anything by Frank that we could get our hands on. Anyway, besides the billowing eastern get-up, we like the look of this cover with all the thatching and, of course, the wonder color red.
Mage: The Hero Discovered #10: Issue number 7 of Mage was the first comic book we ever bought. The maxi-series is still one of our favorites. The technology today is so much more advanced than in 1985, but the vibrancy of the four-color printing on Baxter paper that was the rage in the 1980s blew us away. This issue also has a lot of red in it and for that we are grateful.
Punisher War Zone #1: The 1990s was the Dreadful Decade of the Gimmick. We will write a future post on that but suffice it to say that after a fantastic run of experimental, creator-driven stories and art in the 1980s, the early 1990s were all about the collectability side of the comic book hobby. Pure garbage was coming out right and left and in order to hook the consumer, comic book publishers turned to technologies that were already making an impact on the ugly step-sister of the collectibles hobby (sports cards) for flash and pizzazz that they hoped would compensate for the terrible stories inside. Covers often became the only reason to buy a comic book. Chromium and lenticular surfaces were big “wows” as were die cuts like this comic. Of course, the prices jumped like crazy for the increasingly not-so-special “special” books. The $2.25 price tag on this issue was a dollar more than the average cover price in 1992 when this was released. That was a lot back then. Anyway, we have to admit we really liked this cover. Still do.
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.
Rocketeer Adventures #2: This is a reprint of Dave Stevens’ fan-favorite comic book from the 1980s. We love the art, the stories, and we are even proud to admit we love the Rocketeer movie (even though it was Disney-fied). This gorgeous Art Deco cover demonstrates why the Rocketeeris a comic worth admiring.
So, there you have it. This was just a small snapshot of some fantastic red-colored covers that we love. Which one do you like best? You’re welcome to comment on other red covers you really like.