Friday, August 16, 2013

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Like Father, Like Son; The Romita's On Spider-Man

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, it's a splashie that sees arguably my top artist of all-time; John Romita Jnr, pay tribute to one of his father's best Amazing Spider-Man covers. Can you guess the pairing? First, the splashie;

While no one, and I mean no one draws characters in the rain like JRJr, John Romita's iconic cover to Amazing Spider-Man #151 is one of the all time greats. 

Not only great for addressing the reader, from a personal perspective I always used this cover as a motivation point for life. 'Spidey's been dumped on and still moving forward - so can I' kind of stuff!

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.


  1. That's actually a great metaphor for Spidey's life in comics. "He gets dumped on but moves forward." Both beautiful splash pages. Also a great thing to whip out and say "See? This is how you draw water!" Just gorgeous.

  2. Stunning images, and that iconic Spidey cover says it ALL.
    Romita JRs art on the recent Avengers, and Kick-Ass often left me cold, but these pictures rock!
    Who wishes that Romita was still around to still draw Spidey today?

  3. I do Karl - I always think the way he drew the eyes is the definitive 'Spider-Man' to me. Glad you like the post mr!

    Random, I reckon the depressed but moving on underdog is more of the relatable aspect of Peter Parker than the fact he is a student. That might not say much for the world, but I reckon it's true don't you?

  4. It's true because at every point in someone's life you feel like you absolutely cannot put one more step forward, but you know you have to wake up the next day and do it anyway. And what's more, in most cases, you have to do it looking and acting happy about it. It's just life. It's not all about happiness. But it is about doing the best you can to make life better for others. No matter how much it hurts for you right in that moment. And Spidey always did that better than anybody else.