Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but are those original Jack Kirbys? The Avengers cover in particular looks like Jose Ladronn, who uses a lot of Kirby in his art, but with some subtle differences.
Just curious. It could just be the color throwing me.
Ray - The Avengers cover is from Avengers 12 and is the feature cover on the second Avengers Masterwork.
As to the other covers... I like the top three as they use light and shadow well - particularly the FF cover with the backlighting from the Torch. What I hate is when the colourist adds reflective surfaces everywhere irrespective of where shadows should lie. The top three covers show you can use technology tastefully, keeping the artist's original lines and not getting carried away with filters or the colour palette.
"I like these! So much superior to the airbrush-till-it-screams-for-mercy approach we see when M***** recolors stuff itself. That Hulk/FF cover is beautiful!" --JB above
I agree! I'm very critical (in both the "good" and "bad" ways)of coloring, and I have, like posters above, noticed that applying modeled Photoshop color to classic Marvel artwork is a very tricky business.
But I have to say I think these publishers pulled it off quite nicely! The Steranko X-Men cover and the Kirby early Avengers cover are my particular favorites. So, yes, it CAN be done.
This message has been edited by MarkLerer on Jan 28, 2004 12:36 PM