Tagged: Marvel Comics
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    Aug 2014

    Mike Avon Oeming

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    Michael Avon Oeming is an American comic book creator. He has worked as a penciler, inker and writer for all the big comic companies on a lot of their biggest properties. Though a prolific writer himself, Mr Oeming still frequently collaborates writers Bryan J. L. Glass, and with Brian Michael Bendis. Mr Oeming is most famous for his co-creator series Powers, The Mice Templar and The Victories.

    Interesting side note, Powers was originally published by Image comics, which is famous for its creator-owned titles and exceptional treatment of creators. However in 2004, Marvel set up an imprint called Icon Comics, explicitly for creator-owned titles. Powers, along with other Images title’s Kabuki and Casanova, jumped ship to the Marvel imprint.

    Mr Oeming’s career has earn him some notable accalades, including an Eisner Award for Best New Series for Powers and a favorite writer/artist Eagle Awards for Cross Bronx. His 1998 collaboration with Brett Lewis, R. A. Jones on Bulletproof Monk was adapted for film. More recently a television adaptation of Powers has begun production. The series will premiere on the PlayStation Network and will be PSN’s first original programming.

    You can watch a brilliant interview he did for From The Gutters, where he talks about how started out and the necessity to developed his distinctive stripped-down style. You can find more of Mr Oeming’s work on his tumblr.

  2. 4

    Aug 2014

    Paolo Rivera

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    Paolo Rivera is an American comic artist working for Marvel Comics. While still in high school, Mr Rivera met Jim Krueger at Megacon whom helped him get into the industry. His skilful oil painting, due to it’s time-consuming nature, is perfect for covers which he regularly works on. However from 2006 to 2008 Mr Rivera produced richly-painted interior and exterior artwork for the six issue one-shot Mythos. Mr Rivera has since worked as a penciler, inker, and colourist. In 2011 he penciled six issues of Mark Waid’s multiple award-wining Daredevil series.

    Paolo Rivera’s blog, The Self-Absorbing Man, is an absolute treat as it is filled with behind the scenes to Rivera’s creative process and artist advice. Also check out Rivera’s YouTube page which has glorious videos of inking and colouring.

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    Aug 2014

    Jim Steranko

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    Today’s dose of inspiration is without a doubt the coolest person to ever work in comics, James F. “Jim” Steranko. Born 1938 in Pennsylvania, Mr Steranko was drawing from a very young age. Influenced, like many, by the standout Sunday comic strip art of Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond, Hal Foster, and Chester Gould.

    In 1957 Mr Steranko got his foot in the the comic industry as an inker. His first published penciled work was in Spyman #1 (1966), which he wrote the story “The Birth of a Hero”. It was published under Harvey Thriller, an imprint of Harvey Comics.

    It wasn’t until he moved to Marvel Comics that he really made a name for himself. Working on the spy stories of Nick Fury, Mr Steranko really started to stretch the comic medium. He experimented with layout and sequencing, and most notably bought in elements of Surrealism, Pop Art, Op Art, and graphic design. What Mr Steranko was doing was groundbreaking, and caused waves not only in the comic medium, but also in film too.

    In 1969 Mr Steranko formed his own publishing company, Supergraphics, and in 1970 and 1972 published The Steranko History of Comics volume 1 and 2 respectively. These tabloid-sized books, written by Mr Sterenko also featured the first, and in some cases only, interviews with many creators from the comic book Golden Age. At the time the volumes were well received, and today are very sought after. Although, not everyone agreed with their content. At a San Diego Comic-Con Bob Kane had a few word to say to Mr Sterenko about his chapter on Batman, what unfolded is priceless. Last year Mr Steranko explained the whole story on twitter.

    Outside of comics Mr Steranko has also shared his talents as a concept artist for film, including Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He has also worked on movie posters, production designs and has written an episode for the DC Comics animated TV series Justice League Unlimited.

    Unsurprisingly his amazing contributions to the comic industry has earned him many awards, not least a Shazam Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual, and a place in the esteemed Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

    I have only scratched the surface of what an important person Mr Steranko is to the industry, to find out more check out The Drawings of Steranko website. Also, a small but nice collection of his work can be seen here, and of course you should follow him on twitter.

  4. 27

    May 2014

    Johnny Craig (1926 – 2001)

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    John Thomas Alexis Craig (also known pseudonymously as Jay Taycee and F. C. Aljohn) was an American comic book artist. Talented as both an illustrator and a writer he was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2005.

    Johnny Craig was a very active part of many EC Comics’ best-selling horror titles including, Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear. Impeccably pencilled and inked, his clear and uncluttered style gave his stories the type of suspense found in a Hitchcock film.

    For those of you acquainted with comic book history, you may already recognise his work. During the whole Seduction of the Innocent debacle. At the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency Mr. Craig’s Crime SuspenStories #22 cover was exhibited by the prosecution. The cover, which depicts an axe-wielding man holding a woman’s severed head, was presented and question whether it was “in good taste”. Which EC publisher Bill Gaines obtusely responded, “Yes, sir, I do, for the cover of a horror comic”.

    The uproar surrounding Seduction of the Innocent and outcome of hearing led to the creation of the Comic Code Authority, which subsequently resulted in EC’s horror titles folding. Bitter irony but not all bad, Mr. Craig continued to work briefly in horror comics and later went on to do several jobs for Marvel and DC.

    A good place to see more of Johnny Craig work is in the EC Archives, specifically Vault Of Horror and Tales From The Crypt.

  5. 14

    Mar 2014

    Emma Ríos

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    Spanish born illustrator, Emma Ríos, was a practising architect before she made the transition into comics. Starting off, as many do these day, by self-publishing a miniseries called A Prueba de Balas [Bulletproof]. Ríos’ self-published work and her contributions to fanzines caught the attention of Warren Ellis, who posted her work on his website, which in turn grabbed the attention of Matt Gagnon, offering Ríos a full miniseries at Boom! Studios.

    That miniseres was Hexed, which was released in 2009. Now, with multiple titles under her belt, including a few for Marvel Comics (Dr. Strange: Season One, Osborn, Runaways), Ríos is working on an original ongoing series called Pretty Deadly. Published by Image Comics, the series is notable for multiple reasons, not least its all-female creative team.

    You can see lots of Emma Ríos’ work on her flickr.

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