Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Superman And Batman Define Grant's JLA At 30,000 Feet

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, I'm posting the splashie a few days early, because it's my birthday. As I take another step down the road of wisdom and enlightenment (aka mashable food and large print comics), I wanted to mark the moment with one of the splash pages that made me as a reader actually WOL (Wow Out Loud).

It's no surprise the above relates to a double-page splash from artist Howard Porter, inker John Dell, and writer Grant Morrison's run on JLA, that book was dynamite in print form. Still is - forget anything you hear to the contrary.

However this giant from JLA #2, not only features the biggest guns in the business larger than life, I spent many days planning how it would look scaled up and drawn on my wall. In fact I still do.

The bat-plane. The characterisation. The perspective. It was like Superman and Batman were flying right out at you. It's in-your-face scale rendered how iconic and epic Grant was preparing to take the book in one Mach 3 bolt of awesome, and with the logos also in attendance, made the iconic seem more so then they had in years.

Click to enlarge and wow over the gift that keeps on giving. For more great splashies, click here.


  1. I love this spread, but how I mourn the loss of this incarnation of JLA. It was truly the best version to date.

  2. I agree, although if Grant was able to play with the siver age version that wasn't around yet i.e. Hal, Barry, I have no doubt that Grant's JLA would have rocked 100x times harder!

    BTW, where's Howard Porter now? He used to draw The Flash and the Trials of Shazam, but then left?

    DC or Marvel need to hurry up and snatch him up again for a really good assignment!

  3. Hey TKM - thanks for commenting. I completely agree, it was really magic on a monthly basis!

    I wonder if Grant would've gone the silver age path Dale. He's a big S.A fan - true, but so much of the run was based on how Kyle and Wally felf standing beside Diana and Clark... guess we'll never really know huh?

    And yeah I wonder where Howard has gone too...