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A new commission – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

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I just completed this commission for veteran Marvel Comics writer Christopher Yost. It’s a tribute to the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated TV series, on which Chris served as Head Writer and Story Editor. It’s based on the cover to Secret Wars #9 by Mike Zeck (which you can see below). All the changes to the text on the cover are references to the Avengers: EMH series and were worked out by Chris Yost, as were the character substitutions and the change of setting to in front of Stark Tower in New York City. According to Chris this is a piece he’s been thinking about having done “for a long time.”

On the left you can see the original hand-drawn line art for the piece, minus the head-shots for the upper left corner box and the Ultron head in the UPC Code Box (which sported a black costume Spider-man head in the Direct Sales version of the original Secret Wars cover). In the center is the composition of that line art with the other elements including those heads and Photoshop-rendered logos and text. On the right is the final color version which, which is being produced as a print and will be delivered with the original artwork as part of the commission to the good Mr. Yost.

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As a reminder – I am currently accepting commissions online for sketches and illustrations. My originals are all black-and-white line art, but I will add digital color and provide a print along with the original art for an additional fee. You can read more about ordering a commission piece from me here.

Original Avengers Cover Art for Sale!

A EMH #15 Cover Ink scan

Avengers: EMH #15 Cover Art

A EMH #16 Cover Ink scan

Avengers: EMH #16 Cover Art

A EMH #17 Cover Ink Scan

Avengers: EMH #17 Cover Art

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Avengers: EMH #15 Cover

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Avengers: EMH #16 Cover

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Avengers: EMH #17 Cover

My original pencil and ink cover art from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #15-17 is now for sale on eBay. This is original, hand-drawn 11″x17″ cover art by Christopher Jones from the Marvel Comics series.

Here are direct links to the three individual sales.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #15
Featuring Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Panther, The Wasp, Baron Zemo and The Enchantress.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #16
Featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Ronan the Accuser and Captain Mar-Vell

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #17
Featuring Luke Cage (aka Power Man), Iron Fist, and Ant-Man

Auctions end Sunday August 4, 2013.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – IN STORES NOW!

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I penciled and inked the covers for these three issues of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Baron Zemo comes to the Avengers for help against the Enchantress!

THE KREE EMPIRE COMES TO EARTH! Ms. Marvel joins the Avengers against Ronan the Accuser.

The Ant-Man armor has been stolen! Hank Pym needs help from the HEROES FOR HIRE to get it back!

All three issues are in comic shops now! Find your local comic book store with Comic Shop Locator!



Marvel Universe – Avengers:Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #16

Adapted by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Christopher Jones

Ms. Marvel joins the Avengers against Ronan the Accuser.
Based on season two of the hit Disney XD TV show!
32 Pages / All Ages – $2.99

This is the second in a series of three covers I did recently for the comic book tie-in for the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated TV show.

Initially all I was told was that the cover was to feature “Ronan the Accuser and Captain Mar-Vell putting the earth on trial.”

Without any other specifics on the story, I wasn’t sure how to represent that idea visually? I asked “Would you want some kind of alien courtroom setting? Who other than Ronan and Mar-Vel would need to be on the cover?”

I was told “Let’s go a little more sci-fi here – Ronan and Captain Mar-Vell looking down on Earth, the Avengers preparing to defend it,” and that the Avengers to be included were Captain America, Ms. Marvel and Iron Man.

Ronan & Mar-Vel cover sketch

Sketch A

Ronan & Mar-Vel cover sketch b

Sketch B

My first thought was to have the heroes in a “ready for a fight” pose with Ronan and Mar-Vell towering over them, looking judgmental. I wanted Earth in the background, which meant that our immediate location needed to be in open space or on a spaceship of some kind. If they were on a ship, what kind of ship was it? If they were in open space, are the Avengers characters wearing space suits? I was reluctant to solve these problems with specifics that wouldn’t correlate with the actual story.

I had a second take on the cover that gave more focus to the story’s “guest stars” Ronan and Mar-Vell, looking from their level down at the trio of heroes on some kind of platform with a protective force field dome and the Earth behind them. While this platform was likely to be specific only to the cover and not found in the story, this layout seemed to do a much better job of getting across the idea of Ronan and Mar-Vel presiding in judgement over Earth and the heroes. To strengthen this impression I put the heroes in shackles, and tried to make the platform a bit of Kirby-esque space sculpture but also bearing a resemblance to the top of a Grecian column, hopefully further evoking a courtroom ambiance.

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Cover Pencils

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Cover Inks

Sketch B was chosen, so pencils and inks were pretty straightforward. I had a great deal of fun drawing Ronan and Mar-vell, especially.

You can find my previous Creating a Cover installments here.

OUT NOW: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #4

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Avengers: EMH #4 cover

OK, technically this came out last week, but I just found that out. I drew the lead 10-page story in this issue, featuring a battle between The Incredible Hulk and the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing! I didn’t draw this cover art, but this is the cover to be looking for if you want to find the issue in your local shop! Story by Christopher Yost, pencils by yours truly, and inks by Terry Pallot.

In addition to Dr. Banner and Mr. Grimm, the story also features Thor, the Grandmaster and Champion!

Check out these preview pages!

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Be sure to pick the issue up at your local comics shop!