The only time I do a daily blog is when I have several figured out at the same time. Thus is the case with my top 20 covers. I obviously had to come up with the entire list before I started the process, so I am able to post daily. Well, until I run out of covers, of course.
It was an interesting procedure, coming up with the top 10. I discovered that I liked more of my covers than I thought I would. It’s amazing to me how much a little time changes your opinion of your artwork. Some of these covers I was disappointed with when I first drew them but after a few years I can look back on them with a fresh perspective and see something of value that I didn’t see before. Psychology 101….blah, blah, blah…let’s get on with it!
NO. 10: Superman #699. The story behind this is pretty funny. I got a call from an editor who needed this cover penciled and inked in a day and a half. I did a couple of roughs, they picked one and I had to pencil it that day/night. The next morning I got up, inked it and turned it in. I liked it the minute I finished it and I still like it. Sometimes working under the gun can create some surprising results.
NO. 9: Legends of the Dark Knight 100 page Spectacular #3. This is on this list for one reason and one reason only. Batman. Okay, that’s a lie, Joker, Clayface and Killer Croc are also huge reasons. This is a story that I wrote, penciled and inked, so I was thrilled that I got the cover as well. Although the design is pretty standard fare, it’s a cover that misrepresents the content of the story in a literal sense but captures the content very nicely in a metaphorical sense. I also spent a lot of time cross-hatching the bricks behind Batman and I colored this one as well.
NO. 8: Wonder Woman #28. The intent here was to capture a Norman Rockwell americana vibe. I think I succeeded. It also features my daughter when she was in kindergarten which makes it a keeper for life.
NO. 7: Metamorpho TPB Cover. This was originally supposed to be the cover to Metamorpho #1 but when the title got absorbed into the anthology book “Legends of Tomorrow”, there was no need for a Metamorpho cover. Since there is a trade paperback coming out, DC decided to use this art for the cover. Great inking by Matt Banning and nice rich coloring by Soto.
NO. 6: Excalibur #10. I can’t tell you how much I like this cover. It has been one of my favorites since I saw the inks by the great Tim Townsend. When I drew it I wanted to capture a Wrightson Frankenstein feel in the rocky cliff and the skeletal remains. I conveyed this to Tim and he brought it home. This is a keeper and that’s why I still have it.
Well, that’s it for now. Only the top five remain….so if you have come this far you are obligated to come back and see the exciting conclusion.