Glenn Fabry, from the underrated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere that he did with Mike Carey. It’s been too long since I read it.
Gettin’ lucky in Kentucky!
Original pages I wish I owned numero once.
A page from Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution by Mike Mignola and Craig Russell, with words by Howie Chaykin and J.F. Moore.
It has Shebaba O’Neil, who was sexier than any of Star Trek’s #2s by about 10 million. Of course, she gets decapitated two pages later but she was sexy as hell in the old 70’s Weird Worlds Ironwolf stories, which I’d like to have some pages from as well. And I’m rambling.
Time once more for that feature that none of the cool kids are talking about:
Originals I wish I owned! #11: The cover of Spectre #8 by Nick Cardy. Cardy was just unconscious doing awesome covers for a shit ton of DC books in the late 60s into the 70s, but I don’t think he ever topped this little masterpiece of pop art. I can’t believe this cover didn’t sell an extra million copies in 1968.
I don’t dare look. Nope. But I’d sure like to have this original!
Originals I wish I owned #10: The last page of the amazing teakettle symphony scene in Paul Pope’s 100%.
I suppose it helps to read the five or so pages that precede this, but this page really brought it home to me. Go read it, whydoncha.
Originals I wish I owned #’s 8 and 9: Flex Mentallo #4, pages 22 and 23. The climax of the final issue by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison.
Flex is a story that moved me deeply, and never more so that on these two pages, with the ongoing consciousness-activation narration floating around in the background as Wallace Sage comes to a certain realization. His grinning, intense “Ha” hits me right where I live.
No, I can’t explain it either. I am a complicated man.
Time once more for that internet sensation…
ORIGINAL ART PAGES I WISH I OWNED!
#7 is a page from Adventures of Bob Hope #99, June/July 1966, by Bob Oksner. Looking closely, I’m wondering if Neal Adams didn’t do the inks. Words by Arnold Drake.
Although I’ve loved good ol’ Super-Hip since I read a clutch of these comics as a 6 year old, no particular page stands out as one I’d like to have over another. But this one has not only Tad Jutefruice’s alter ego, but some of the faculty of Benedict Arnold High School as well as SH/Tad’s bitter rival, Badger Goldliver…so I’d take this one. The only thing missing is one of Oksner’s smokin’ hot women.
Original pages I wish I owned, #6: Bat Lash #2, by Nick Cardy.
Bat’s a difficult character to write, I do believe, at least by modern (and by this I mean anyone not Dennis O’Neil and Sergio Aragones) writers- he’s a product of a James Garner/Maverick- inspired cowboy-movie/TV show mindset and vibe that just doesn’t exist anymore. Most attempts to do him since the original series have been flat and dull, with little of the spark that those men, with Nick Cardy, brought to that oh-so-short 8 issue 60’s run.
#2, from which this dialogue-free page comes, is arguably the best in the series; Lash encounters a doll-toting young girl named Suzy, who, in shock at the death of her sheriff daddy, mistakes Bat for her papa and follows him around, causing no end of amusing discomfort for our roguish hero. Thing is, though, they soon get wrapped up in a gun running ring, and young Suzy turns out to have a surprising secret. The climax of this issue is this page, which takes a mostly amiable story and suddenly turns it on a dime into surprising violence with the shocking (and inadvertent) shooting of the girl, and the normally placid and peace-loving Bat becomes an avenging angel.
I think this page is just brilliant.
Original art pages I wish I owned, #5.
A page from Amazing Spider-Man #16, which I do believe was the first one I ever read. Spidey and Daredevil versus the Ringmaster (“No wonder you’re so slim, Ringy, you’re always running!) and his Circus of Crime. Steve Ditko art and probably plot, Stan Lee words. And while of course DItko is magnificent, Stan really shines on dialogue throughout the entire story; this is one of the funniest darn non-humor comics I’ve ever read.
Original pages I wish I owned, #4.
Jim Steranko, from Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3. Many candidates from that one, but I love this.
Original pages I wish I owned, #3.
I’m not sure what issue of Elaine Lee and Mike Kaluta’s Starstruck this page is from; if I had to make a guess I’d say it was in the original Epic GN and maybe #1 or 2 of the IDW series. A conference call between various members of the sprawling cast; I love how Kaluta plants visual clues about who’s viewing each. That, and Lee’s clever dialogue, is a good example of what makes this series so special, I’d say.
Edited to add after Googling a little longer, I see that this page got altered when the IDW series came out; looks like Kaluta decided to stairstep the panels, presumably to take up space, necessitated by the different page size of the later series. It succeeds in that; but I’m less certain that it improves on the original- the initial page had more of a consistent rhythm, which the stairstepping tends to negate. Oh well, who am I to second-guess the greats?
Comparison image found via color artist Lee Moyer’s blog.
Original pages I wish I owned, #2. The final page from the final issue (#8) of Steve Perry and Thomas Yeates’ Timespirits, in which every character introduced in the previous seven get to come out and take a bow, with one exception: the main character, Cusick the Tuscarora.
What a clever way to end a series; touching and amusing all at once.
Also, RIP Steve Perry.
Gonna start a new series, based on the last Five for Friday topic over at comicsreporter.com.
Original pages I wish I owned, #1. A page from Warlock #11, “The Strange Death of Adam Warlock”, by Jim Starlin and (if I recall correctly) inker Steve Leialoha.
When I was a teen, I found bitter, broken, resigned Adam incredibly heartbreaking. Even as a theoretical adult, it’s rather sad.