Every week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to one of my favourite comic painters, Glen Orbik. A man who managed to stay painting comic covers during the age of the all cover rendering Alex Ross (which in itself shows what a talent he is). However, as this blog's rarely about words, here are a few visual examples too;
What made Orbik's work stand out in the monthly mosh-pit of comic covers, was that he took a Steve Rude use of colour and a Joe Jusko sense of realism and combined the two together. Classic Superman or Joker and the Arkham crowd having a Mad-Hatter's tea party in the shape of a Christmas tree, every subject came to life in Glen's hands.
The first Orbik-art I ever clapped eyes on, was as a young teen in the pages of the Previews like Advance Comics, where the Marvel section ran a solicitation for this jaw-droppingly hot poster:
Boy did I want that poster. I stared at it so long and so often, I think I needed a new pair of eyes on a daily basis. Spider-Man looked so 3D and the eyes on his mask were back the pre-90's way! Even now I still get a kick out of how awesome it is.
Sadly, despite a phenomenal run of covers on DC's Batman books, Glen never really got the attention he deserved and hence sadly, I can remember the last time I brought his handiwork too. It was this Pulp Heroes themed annual cover for my pull list staple, Aquaman.
I love those classic pulp story-in-an-image type covers and this is a masterclass in how to do it. One of the best pics to come from the hook-handed Aquaman days, I actually brought two copies of the annual, just so I could place one cover on my sketchbook.