Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wolverine #13 cover art

From 1989; the sketch, pencils and inks for the cover of Wolverine #13. The following year this piece and a back cover I drew for Wolverine #3 were featured in Seduction of the Innocent Revisited. I probably should have been ashamed but I thought of it as a badge of honor.


  1. I remember being a kid and buying these Wolverine comics based completely on the covers. Had no idea the artist's name at the time.

    Really fantastic stuff.

    I recently got my hands on the Manbat story you did back then which is also fantastic.

  2. Thanks! Wolverine was never really a good fit for me but I loved drawing that Man-Bat story. Jan Strnad mentioned that he was writing it and I called up the editor, Mark Waid and begged him to let me draw it. I think that's the only time I ever did that.

    I'm going to have to do a separate blog post about it.

  3. (This is the same guy, btw)

    That would be great. Yeah, you may not have liked doing X-Men characters but you pulled it off. Wolvie's face is great.

  4. The Wolverine covers were the first time I really noticed your work. Actually the cover where Wolverine is hanging out the window is probably the specific cover that caught my attention. This cover though was the first time I noticed the way you spotted the blacks and defined the light source. Just wonderful.

    And I second the suggestion about the man-Bat story for a blog. Hard to pick and all time favorite story but that is in the top 3 I'd say.

  5. Dude, these are some of my favorite covers. I mean the art is cool as all get out with the sharp little points you used to do but the coloring. Oh man, your color theory is so inspiring to me. I think I got my purples from you. HAHA! Probably a lot more.

    Awesome stuff bro, thanks for posting!

  6. Kevin, I have to ask: Just why was this cover in Seduction of the Innocent Revisited? Was it, "For those who know how to look", the implied (and fiery) homosexual act?

  7. Nothing that interesting. And there wasn't a caption under the picture. But it was in a chapter called "Occultism and New Age Philosophy" along with other covers featuring devils and demons. I guess he thought I was trying to make people worship Satan.

  8. Hey, thanks, Kelsey! I don't know where those little points came from. I don't even remember doing them.

    Nice to hear you liked the color on those old covers. But I'm a neanderthal when it comes to color these days.

  9. Kevin,

    Yeah, "demons" are a problem. I've had the word itself edited from Marvel scripts so as not to agitate religious readers. Apparently the mention of such a supernatural being in a silly comic might make younger readers question all that is holy--even when used as an obvious negative. I mean, I assume that demons are a bad thing, even as a fantasy conceit. What kind of faith is it that would be shaken by a story in Marvel's What The--?!? parody comic? "Demons! Aieeee!!!!"