Comic Art – Walt Simonson

I have a bad cold.
It Sucks…

But that means I have been laying around in bed most the day watching British Mystery shows and reading comics.

For comics I have been bouncing back and forth between The Essential Defenders and The Essential X-Factor.

This has made me remember just how much I loved Walt Simonson’s work on X-Factor when I first started reading comics as a teen…

Anyway, I have recently stumbled on an amazing blog called Marvel Comics of the 1980’s They have some amazing original art pages featured on their blog. Here are a couple of Walt Simonson pages that just really jumped out at me.

I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.
I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.

 

The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image... I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image… I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
Actual covers together.
Actual covers together.

 

I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt's run on it...
I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt’s run on it…

 

Comics – Favorite Stories

Recently on Facebook a friend of mine posted that his son had asked what his top ten favorite comic book stories where. When I saw the post my brain automatically kicked in and I had to make a list of my own!

The Rule I made was I had to list the first ten storylines that I could remember really liking. Logic being that the ones I thought of first would be the ones that I had liked the most…

xtinctionXMEN BOOKS – Xtinction Agenda

This was the first major cross-over storyline I read and collected in a comic. I had been collecting old issues for a while but had just started picking up X-FACTOR after finding out that it was spun out of the last issue of New Defenders. Really dug the story. It was the underdogs and against the evil in a expanded story (Nine issues total, three each from New Mutants,X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men). It was a good story with a strong start and end. Something that is missing in the crossovers of today where the story idea is forced into every title from the publisher no matter if it works or not.
Batman Eartquake in Gotham storyline– Cataclysm, Aftershock, No Man’s Land

I always love disaster movies… so how could I not love disaster comics? I loved this era of Batman comics, but thought it sadly took a dive right after and was many years before it came back…
uy8_lgWolverine : Old Man Logan

End of the world story… What more needs to be said?
DC: New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke.
Annihilation and Annihilation : Conquest

DNA make the Marvel Cosmic books cool.
Batman: Contagion

A Batman Virus story. I love reading about virology. I love virus stories…

Bone

Jeff Smiths epic tale.  I love Epic Tales and this is one that ranks with the best.
Kingdom Come

I have to admit this one makes the list mainly for the art.

Usagi Yojimbo – GrassCutter

It was hard picking just one Usagi Story. While they are all epic, this one makes the top as one of my favorites.

Mage – Hero Discovered/Defined

Seems most of the stories that made my list are Epic Tales. Mage, a retelling of the Arthur myth is another one. Parts one and two of a trilogy , I like many Matt Wagner fans await the final volume of this tale.
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

One of the best epic stories ever told. Detailing the life of Scrooge McDuck this tale combines Don Rosa’s Masterful art with his ability to tale wonderful and funny tales.

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And 12 I just love!

And here are the 12 covers that are just big favorites of mine…

Here they are:

12favesHoward the Duck #12
Hulk #1
Fantastic Four #49
Fantastic Four #72
Kamandi #1
Star Wars #15
Uncanny X-Men #141
Uncanny X-Men #264
Uncanny X-Men #268
Uncanny X-Men #274
Uncanny X-Men #277
X-Factor #1