And with this, I leave you and head home.
by David Harper
The comparison has been made before, but more than ever, comics are like the music industry. Like with music, comics have grown increasingly niche oriented as the opportunities for those creating the art have increased, with smaller releases having greater reach than ever…
Some considerable love thrown at Lazarus…
I was struck with the idea of what the Marvel Universe might have looked like had it only ever have existed in pulp detective, crime and thriller novels - it started with an idea for an ongoing series of The Black Widow adventures, borrowing the cover layout from Mike Shayne detective novels.
I assigned each character to a dream team pulp writer whom I thought matched the essence of the character. Donald Hamilton was best-known for his Matt Helm series of spy novels, which I thought made him an appealing choice for the Natasha Romanova “series”. Leslie Charteris was, of course, creator of the suave and witty Saint series of novels, so I gave him rein over the socialite adventurer Janet van Dyne and her scientist husband (Also, I thought Dashiell Hammett would have been a little on-the-nose), and Hoke Moseley creator Charles Willeford is assigned to craft the seedy, unsentimental world of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.
None of these writers were particularly known for science fiction, which I thought made it more interesting to imagine them writing characters who - if not traditional sci-fi character - at least often set foot in impossible realms. You would have to imagine they’d be stripped down to characters devoid of super-powers and ladled with intrigue.
Death to The Black Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #3, originally written by Roy Thomas. I do not have a source for the cover image. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.
The Sting of the Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #7, written by Roy Thomas. The illustration is by Jack Faragasso, and originally appeared on the cover of “Bait” by George Cassidy and “Cravings” by Jack Woodford. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.
No Place To Hide employs the title from Tales to Astonish #54, written by Stan Lee. The illustration is by Robert McGinnis and originally appeared on the cover of “The Wind-Up Doll” by Carter Brown.
Hero for Hire employs the title of the comic Luke Cage Hero for Hire, written by Archie Goodwin. The illustration is by Stanley Borack and originally appeared on the cover of “Hellbottom” by Eric Corder.
And lastly - big ups to Franklin Gothic, the trashy paperback’s go-to typeface CAN I GET A WHAT WHAAT!
Uh, yeah. Wow.
This is the proper cover for LAZARUS 11, out 10 September. Diamond order code: JUL140444.
You will note this is not the cover as solicited. This is because Michael and Owen had a “better idea for the cover.”
And while I confess I did like the original cover for 11, they’re right — this one is awesome.
Who’s the lady in the armor? Why, that’s Sonja Bittner, the Bittner Lazarus….
Owen Freeman’s amazing cover for Lazarus #11. Order early, order often.
Sad to hear of the passing of Lauren Bacall. She had tremendous presence on screen, from her early days of full-on smolder to her later career. I adored her in The Big Sleep and Key Largo, but one of my personal favorites is the Don Siegel-directed The Shootist, where she held her own against a surprisingly poignant and bringing-it-hard John Wayne.
Who knows who debuted on this date in 1930, on the program Detective Story Hour?
This guy probably knows. He’s a knower of things.
The second LAZARUS trade is out today, and for those of you with an astute eye, you will have noticed something’s… different. You take a look at the above images, and you’ll be able to confirm that fact.
It’s Michael’s and my pleasure to introduce Mr. Owen Freeman to everyone. Owen is taking over as cover artist from Michael, very much at Michael’s behest. We are genuinely delighted to have him aboard. You can see some of his wonderful work in the images above, as well as at the link. You can also read a little about his process for the Vol. 2 TPB cover here.
We figure we’ve got maybe a dozen issues with him, at the most, before one of the Big Two drives a truck full of money up to his house ;) As insurance, we’ve dispatched master of Black Ops erictrautmann to prepare countermeasures.
Covers show here, all art by Owen Freeman:
Lazarus Volume 2 - “Lift” (on sale today!)
Lazarus 12 (September)
Lazarus 13 (October)
We very sincerely hope you enjoy Owen’s beautiful work as much as we do. We will be just as sincerely surprised if you do not.
In stores today: LAZARUS, VOL 2: LIFT. It’s pretty damn great.
Also, the TPB marks the debut of new Lazarus cover artist Owen Freeman, and he’s also pretty damn great.
apparently e.l. james called former child star mara wilson (matilda) a “sad fuck” for critiquing the 50shades books a while ago and now there’s a feud. i love it.
this gives me hope.
mara wilson is also the faceless old woman who lives in your home, so you know she’s got your best interests at heart