Friday, May 22, 2015

COVER STORY: Valiant at 25

I enjoy writing the Cover Story column for Scoop. A lot of folks have theories about what makes a great cover. Some of them are wrong. Some are right. And of course I have my own theories. Each week I get to explore them.

Recently a did a short series on Valiant covers, both from the original -- probably the best line of comics to hit the market since the early days of Marvel -- and the new line-up.

Among them, I took at look at Harbinger #1, X-O Manowar #5, Magnus Robot Fighter #0, Unity #0, Rai #0, Harbinger (2012) #1 and X-O Manowar (2012) #1. Some cool covers on some great comics. Very little in life is so much fun.

While I've done crime comics, The Avengers, and other series in addition to Valiant, there's not always a recurring theme except, like I said, what makes a great cover.


The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45, on sale Wednesday, July 8, 2015, is the (as the number suggests) 45th anniversary edition of the Guide. So excited to get to work with cover artists like Paul Gulacy, Cary Nord, Greg Land and (indirectly, of course) Joe Shuster. Geez, I dreamed of doing that cover for more than a decade! And then to get Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to such a great version of them for our oversized, spiral-bound, limited edition? C'mon! How cool is that? And, oh, yeah, I actually got to feature one of my friends on one of our covers. Who gets to do that?