Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Frank Cho's favourite covers

I'm a big fan of Frank Cho, the artist of Liberty Meadows and Mighty Avengers. So it was good having an insight to what his favourite comic covers of all time are!

Wizard Universe reports:

Top artists pick the cover images that get their creative fires burning

By Jake Rossen

Posted August 19, 2007 4:00 PM

When not drawing Mighty Avengers for Marvel or adding to the eclectic cast of his creator-owned Image title Liberty Meadows, Frank Cho loves talking art so much that even though his dog badly needs to urinate, “He can wait.” Sorry, pooch. In between ironing out “big plans” for his Meadows in other media—and risking the wrath of the ASPCA—Frank ran down the covers that make him want to sit up and beg for more.

Deadman #1 (Neal Adams, 1985)

“There are a lot of great Neal Adams covers from the ’60s, but this is one of the best from his later period. He’s the master of perspective and anatomy. He’s the man that everyone tried to follow. He influenced a couple generations of artists, and this one shows he still had the skills.”

Swamp Thing [vol. 1] #9 (Bernie Wrightson, 1974)

“He’s coming out of the swamp, and that pretty much says it all. Bernie Wrightson just does a really great, organic cover. His stuff has a nice old-school feel to it with the dramatic lighting. He’s the master of horror, and Swamp Thing #9 was really one of the best Swamp Thing covers I’ve ever seen.”

JSA Classified #1 (Adam Hughes, 2005)

“You’ve got boobs and a cape, all by Adam Hughes. ’Nuff said. You can’t go wrong. [Laughs] He’s a master of figure work. He can really nail down the figures, anatomy and gestures. He’s really expressive with the individual faces. He does really beautiful, expressive women. And giant boobs.”

Batman: The Killing Joke (Brian Bolland, 1988)

“That’s just a classic image. Joker crippled Barbara Gordon, and he’s taking pictures of her torture. It’s a cool cover to begin with, but after reading the story, it suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.”

Supergirl & the Legion of Super-Heroes #23 (Adam
Hughes, 2006)

“Hughes is one of the best artists of our generation. He did this beautiful image of Supergirl in this very classic blue palette. It’s like a really iconic, innocent Coca-Cola advertisement.”

Uncanny X-Men #173 (Paul Smith, 1983)

“That is a kickass piece of work. It’s such a stark and bold cover, it just jumps out at you. Paul Smith really did a great job of filling out the margins, to the point where that figure just dominates the cover.”

Grendel: Warchild #2 (Simon Bisley, 1992)

“Very dark and powerful. I liked it so much that I actually have the original. I’m gonna eventually get it framed. I think I’m going to put it in my little girl’s room, right over her bed. [Laughs]”

Captain America [vol. 1] #286 (Mike Zeck, 1983)

“Mike did some really beautiful covers in the ’80s. He was at the top of his game. It’s very direct: You see this big, ugly man with a big, giant gun and he’s pointing it at Cap’s head. When you’re a 12-year-old, it’s like, ‘Whoa, frickin’ awesome.’ I’m not a big Captain America fan, but that cover alone made me pick it up.”

I really like the Captain America cover too. It's just an iconic cover...don't shoot Cap! And of course, Brian Bolland's cover to The Killing Joke has got to be one of the most recognisable covers in history.

And I just love Cho's quote for the JLA: Classified entry! Boobs and a cape. And giant boobs. Haha! After all, Cho's no stranger to giant boobs since he draws them all the time. :p

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