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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Anatomy of a Comic Book Cover - Justice League #16

These "Anatomy of a..." posts are among the most popular Shrine posts, and no wonder: we're getting an inside glimpse of Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Rod Reis' creative process, as tracking their work as it goes from rough idea to the one you saw on the stands.

While I can't find fault with the final version, I have to say I really like the tight marker rough that was ultimately rejected; the one with Wonder Woman in the background. It looks as though Aquaman, as soon as he's done with Superman, Batman, and Cyborg, is about to get a magic lasso around the neck!

As always, we get to see these thanks to the generosity of Ivan Reis and F.O.A.M. member extraordinaire Ivan da Costa, who has much of this stuff in his personal collection. Thanks guys, and keep 'em coming!


Earth 2 Chris said...

It's a beautiful cover. My only minor gripe is it took me a bit to get that Arthur was knocking Supes around. It kind of looked like he was just flying away at first.


Joe Slab said...

Oh I think its quite obvious Arthur is knocking Supes for a loop, making this one of the most BAMF Aquaman-centric JL covers ever!

Reis use of space and centering Aquaman on both 15 & 16 has just been the icing on the comic book cake for me.

Joe Slab

Orin's dad said...

This is an awesome cover. And seeing the progression as it develops is just cool.


Andy Luckett said...

I love the chaotic, "melee" image that was used, but I also like the initial pencil roughs, where only Aquaman's trident is seen pointing at the rushing JL. It makes for a bit of anticipation to indicate a character's presence in the scene only by showing part of their primary weapon.