Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Marvels Project #2 Cover

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Marvel's September 2009 solicitations are now available for all to see, and this time they include The Marvels Project #2. Here's how Marvel describes the issue:

Written by ED BRUBAKER
Variant Cover by STEVE EPTING
Variant Cover by GERALD PAREL
The award-winning and best-selling team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting bring you CHAPTER TWO in this definitive tale of the origins of the Marvel heroes. As 1940 hits the world is already changing -- The Human Torch is on the run, The Angel makes his masked debut, The Sub-Mariner stalks the surface-worlders who have targeted his people -- and a young soldier named Nick Fury saves a German scientist from the Nazis and leads him to the USA. The battle-lines drawn in this race to create superhuman weapons of mass destruction still reverberate today in the Marvel Universe -- as this epic espionage thriller continues to unfold and reveal new twists!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

Painting the Human Torch on fire is still a challenge. I probably spent as much time on the Torch alone as I did the entire rest of the cover. Below is the rough sketch that was approved, and this time around I followed it pretty much exactly when doing the final painting.

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jokesterjmac said...

I love that bottom sketch!
the process is always just as good as the final product to me.
I love to see how things are done.

Francesco Francavilla said...

This cover is SMOKIN' (pun fully intended) and the rough sketch is way cool (no pun intended this time ;)) too :D

See you in a couple of days, Steve, can't wait :)


Unknown said...

The cover is great. But I also really love the cover design for the logo. I'll be there when this goes to print. Looking forward to it!

Steve Epting said...

Thanks Jokester and Francesco. I frequently like the sketches much more than the finished product. They have more of that raw energy that gets lost the more you polish it up.

Francesco - looking forward to this weekend!

Anthony - Thanks man. I actually designed the logo for this book, so I really appreciate your comment. I'll probably do a post in the future about the evolution of the logo and how it came about.

Alan said...

The patience with the flames pays off. Torch looks amazing. It's got a classic feel of the way Torch used used to be drawn and still feels modern and realistic

David Pentecost said...

Great looking cover - it looks "old" in a good way. The classic looking police cruisers and the style looks like an old movie. Can't wait to check these out!

HoldyourfireAl said...

Started a thread to give some exposure to The Marvels Project & your board on my site,

Here's the link!


J Sherer said...

Wow, this art is amazing. Great stuff. Love it! Just picked up the comic today, so I'm looking forward to reading (and seeing) more!

Aris said...

I'm from the Philippines. Just bought the comic last night. I just love the way Human Torch was drawn and painted. The intricate details,every single part of it...I'm looking froward for #2..It's Awesome!