Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rivalrys Go 'round - Feuds are Forever

Rob and I were talking about what the definition of the word "rival" actually meant. So, here for reference are the 3 definitions that are applicable to this week's comic cover submission:

1 a
: one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess

b: one striving for competitive advantage or

3: one that equals another in desired qualities:

The terms rival and feud almost go hand in hand. A rival, or two trying to obtain one thing and, feud, having it going on for a period of time, are cliches of most comic unverses.

To clarify the definition of a feud according to merriam webster:

1: a mutual enmity or quarrel that is often prolonged or inveterate;

We then came to a point where we each asked: "Can one still exist while another has evolved or taken it's place?" Can you still have a rivalry between two or more people when a murder has been committed?

I say yes.

Case in point: Whenever a villain gets the upper hand over our hero and is about to dispatch him, near the end of a battle, the villain always brings up the one or two moments the hero neglected them, got the upper hand in, took something away from them, (like an opportunity), or has some reason to exact their revenge based on some prior circumstance.

Some immediate examples I can think of would be Syndrome from Incredibles, Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom starting from their college years, Professor X and Magneto, to Space Ghost and Zorak on Coast to Coast.

Rivalries can evolve from feuds and vice versa. A rivalry can be two friends fighting alongside for a common goal as well.

I present this cover as a great visualization of rivals:

This cover plays to the viewer beautifully. If you know history of the X-Men or not, this cover entices you to rip it open and find out what's happening to Wolvie.

The Brood, featured in this and subsequent books, are a vicious alien race that are about dominance and control. This book is about a Brood hatchling and Wolverine fighting over the control of his body unbeknown to the rest of the team until. . . well, I suggest picking it up!

The rich purples and cool blues are complementary to his normal costume colors and play an integral roll in depicting a losing Wolverine. This is a book from Mark Silvestri's run on the series and I believe showcases his greatest work.

This scene does take place in the book and is handled very well.

One trick to a good rivalry cover is to keep ALL the art elements in mind and at your disposal to suggest a "teeter totter"-ing of the cover pitch. Utilize hue, shape, negative space, and temperature to create a slightly imbalanced composition until an edgy suspense is achieved.

Do these things and your only rival will be comic shops charging too little for the book!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Comic Cover Rivalry Submission - Rob

This was a tough one because I'd love to be able to use the Mike Zeck's cover of Captain America with Wolverine's claws going "one on one" with Cap's Shield. Although it was an amazing cover it isn't what I would consider a rivalry. On a stretch I could even go for Wolverine vs Hulk, but that is still nowhere near the realm of Hulk vs Thing... now there was a true rivalry. Who is the strongest? A question asked and answered multiple times over the course of Marvel History. I would also have liked to use a classic Daredevil vs Bullseye cover, but again it wasn't a rivalry. It was your classic arch-enemy battle (Batman/Joker, Starman/Mist).

After a tremendous amount of waffling I came across a cover I remembered from my youth (Kudos to you Lynn for the all the classic inspiration).

Ladies and Gentlemen... I give you World's Finest Issue 199... a classic Superman vs Flash race.

Talk about a rivalry that spanned decades, I think this qualifies. Art by the incomparable Neal Adams and as a bonus it also has a subtext theme at the bottom of the page (look at the disappointment and elation on the kids faces). I missed last week's blog cause I was slammed at work, but I thought this would kill 2 birds with one stone.

What do ya think? -Rob

Monday, June 30, 2008

Comic Book Cover for June 30 - Feb 4

Hello all!

This week's comic cover is going to be focused on a staple comic subject. Go through your mental collections, dust off the comic boxes in your basements, and put on a new sleeve and board to show your favorite comic rivalry cover!

The one rule is that it must follow our guidelines for a cover. (For new comers, the cover scene must appear within the interior of the book in some fashion.) With your submission, please describe what in particular about this cover caught your attention, why, and if it changed who you favored as your favorite hero or villain.

Can't wait to see what comes in and let the comic cover submissions begin!