Tuesday, April 26, 2011

COVER RUN: Mike Deodato Jr on Thor

Cover Run celebrates the awesome work (both sung and unsung), of cover artists even the best interior pencillers wouldn't mind stepping aside for. This round, the amazing covers Mike Deodato Jnr pumped out pulling double shift as interior penciller and inker on Thor Vol 1 issues 491-494, 496, and 498-502.

Talk about makeover. I still remember walking in and seeing this stunning cover on the racks. A new logo, a new writer (some dude named Warren Ellis), a new artist in Mike Deodato Jnr, and one of the books most striking covers ever, with a pretty simple concept done well, and hitting home with all the force of a lightning bolt.

While they often get overlooked in hindsight, these striking covers were bold images that really placed the Odinson up against situations worthy of the God of Thunder. And as Deodato's do, generally included at least one or two damsel's in distress.

Sure it takes a bit to get used to Thor not being in his usual primary coloured war-suit, but this was the 90's and the 'He-Man' look really helped show Marvel was shaking things up across the rainbow bridge.

The cover most worthy of wielding Mjolnir? Ironically enough, this one here. Another straight forward concept that could easily be the poster for the upcoming film. What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. Yes it could indeed!
    I like the usual suit, but some of those covers were amazing.
    Like specialy the hela cover.

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  2. Hela is my favorite Thor villain Aliera - she oozes cool and has one of the best unsung Kirby looks in comics.

    Thanks for the comments!

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  3. Thor is looking kind of like Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth on that Double SIZED Issue cover.

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