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The villains of Gotham City have proved to be some of the most colorful and imaginative characters in superhero fiction, and now a New York art gallery is looking to enshrine the rogues on its walls.
One-Shot Gallery, located inside St. Marks Comics, is hosting an exhibit titled “Great Villains of Gotham: A Cowardly & Superstitious Lot,” which “aims to give these devils their due” in a stunning collection of fine art pieces by modern artists. The show includes James White’s “Starkade: Rogues,” above, in addition to work by HR-FM, Veronica Fish, Blake Wheeler and others. A surprising name in the mix is comics writer John Rozum, who created two cut paper collages that will be on display. The show opens Saturday, and continues throughout February.
Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
It seems good art attracts good art. That’s my thinking at least when I learned that noted poster artist James White (aka SignalNoise) has created an ultra-rare variant cover for the first issue of IDW Publishing’s The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror. The book, which debuts Feb. 27, is written by Roger Langridge and illustrated by J. Bone, with standard covers by Walter Simonson.
Although this is White’s first published comic book work, he’s been prolific online, contributing illustrations and designs for the burgeoning alternative movie poster industry.
White’s variant cover is so rare that you’ll only be able to find it at three comic stores: the Strange Adventures chain in Canada. IDW have been at the forefront of producing retailer-specific variant covers in recent years, and Strange Adventures owner Cal Johnson chose White to create the cover for his shop’s edition.
In a blog post about this impending release, White reveals he’s working on a screen-printed poster edition of this cover. Here’s the image in full: