Thursday, 15 January 2009
Spiderman meets Barack Obama!
Normally, I wouldn't post my comic book color work here, in my illustration blog. However, this latest cover I colored has garnered some serious worldwide attention, so I thought I'd share. The cover art is drawn by the very talented Phil Jimenez, and colored by myself.
It started innocently enough in December, when my editor contacted me to ask if I could color a cover overnight. I agreed, and was relieved to see that the art was relatively simple. I quickly finished it, and after some minor revisions, the next day, it was good to go. I initially did two different backgrounds--the blue one, seen here, and a golden one. The golden one was used on the second printing of the book, and the blue on the initial printing. I've just finished another variation, with an American flag in the background, that will be used on the third printing.
I thought this book would garner some extra interest in the comic book industry, and a little note in the mainstream media. However, people who have never bought a comic book before are lining up for hours in the freezing cold. That's how huge the demand for this issue is. Looks like Obama-mania is giving Spiderman a big lift.
The reaction to this cover has been a nice surprise, and it's been my pleasure to be part of the team responsible for it.
Spiderman is © Marvel Comics.