I’ve loved Jonathan Edwards‘ work since he was drawing dandies in powdered wigs for Deadline. I was even known to occasionally buy the NME just for his POP! A Complete History strips. Last week he posted these images to his blog: abstracted versions of some of Kirby and Ditko’s classic character designs for Marvel superheroes. Lovely stuff, and they speak volumes to just how durable those designs are, remaining recognizable even when rendered in a minimum of lines and blocks of color.
“I never gave it a thought. I guess common sense would say it was made of orange rock too, but I always thought it was more interesting to think about Reed Richards. As you know, he had the ability to stretch, and sexually, that would seem to be a great asset in many areas.”
CO2 Comics is a very new company; they just celebrated their first anniversary with some crazy talk about moving from web to print publishing. But the owners, Gerry Giovinco and Bill Cucinotta, have been around the block a few times; they were once the co-publishers of Comico Comics, from which CO2 draws some of its material. So to celebrate CO2′s first anniversary, they are taking a little trip down memory lane. Giovinco kicks it off with a look at the Thing costume he created, which was apparently a big hit in the summer of ’79, but even better is this week’s look at their inspirations for starting the company, which includes full text of some cool old comics articles and all six pages of >How To Start A Comic Book Empire. So go, read, set your time machine to 1978, and get ready to conquer the world.