Monday, January 24, 2011

COVER RUN: Alan Davis On Aquaman

Cover artists can get a bad rap. Sure the variant inducing superstars can take some of the spotlight off the interior artist who has slogged their butt off on the inside pages, but hey when you are left with a run of iconic images like these how can you say no?

Welcome to Cover Run, a new regular feature on IADW, spotlighting the sung and the unsung cover runs of great artists across the board. Kicking things off Alan Davis on Aquaman vol 6 issues 15-20.

Alan Davis's covers for the American Tidal story-arc proved what a seasoned veteran he is. Part of a early series revamp of the King of The Seven Seas, all six issues featured bold iconic images, that returned a feeling of the Silver Age to Aquaman's adventures, and showed the classic Aqua look still worked even at 50,000 ft below.

My pick of the bunch - this one below from Aquaman #17 (and the IADW masthead). Placing it without cover copy so you can see just what a tour de force it is, this showcase of Aquaman's might would make for an awesome poster - just check out that perspective!

For more Aquaman goodness flip over to The Aquaman Shrine!

9 comments:

  1. I'll be sure to point Keith in this direction. He's the Aquaman fanboy of the family.

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  2. WHY HAS THIS RUN NOT BEEN COLLECTED?!?

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  3. @CDerosby: Tell Keith to go here if he likes Aquaman!

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  4. Alan Davis is one of the best comic book artists ever! that panel of Aquaman hoisting that section of a building is a great example of his work. i used to have this issue of X-Men penciled by David in which Sabertooth catches Rogue off guard and gives her a royal thrashing. it was one of the most dynamic fight scenes i'd ever seen drawn in a comic book. the action seemed to almost explode off the page much like in the same way with Mike Golden's action scene drawings. just can't say enough good stuff about Davis!

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  5. Rob, I think he found your blog a few years ago. A friend of his who encouraged us to start our site is a fan of your page I believe.

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  6. And that's an Aquaman that Robotchicken can't make fun of...

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  7. Thanks for all the great comments folks!

    I'm not sure why the Sub-Diego storyline hasn't been collected either Rob. It m,ay be different to the usual but it was really going places before Infinite Crisis rode into town!

    There's a link to Rob's Aquaman Shrine in the post too folks so be sure to check out all he's got going on!

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  8. Oh geez, Dan, I completely missed your plug for the Shrine at the bottom. Sorry for the superfluous promotion!

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  9. Haha, no worries Rob - I'd link all the instances of the word Aquaman on my blog - if I had the memory ;D

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