Sunday, January 13, 2008

Variant Action covers by Lightle, Grell, Giffen

Newsarama shows three variant covers for Action Comics 860, 861, and 862, parts 3-5 of the 6-part "Superman and the Legion" storyline. Action 860 is already out with the Steve Lightle cover, and we have seen a black-and-white version of the Grell cover to issue 861. Now we have the color version with trade dress of 861, and a look at the Keith Giffen cover to issue 862. Click each to embiggen.







7 comments:

Kevin T. said...

I see that Color Kid is still a girl. Bwah-ha-ha!

Michael said...

No, that's Rainbow Girl, along with Superman and what looks like Fire Lad. Go to this page of rejected Legion applicants and scroll about halfway down.

Baal said...

God, that Grell cover hurts my eyes. I disliked his art through his LoSH run and loathed his Green Arrow but that cover looks like he's had both an eye AND hand injury. and is that Giffen's style du jour? Call me when he switches again.

Lightle however is the beauty and excellence he always has been...

Michael said...

The Giffen cover looks like he's in his Jack Kirby mode. The inks by Al Milgrom don't help.

In the Grell picture, the poses of Colossal Boy and Superman/Earth Man are classic Grell, straight out of "Warlord".

Jonathan Miller said...

Oddly, with the exception of Superman's hands, I don't really see Kirby in the Giffen cover at all. I do see definite Milgrom, though, especially in the Superman and Rainbow Girl figures. He can be a heavy inker. I can barely see any Giffen in there. Of course, that could just be me. :-) (Oddly, Spider Girl almost looks to me like she was inked by someone else.)

Michael said...

I see Kirby influences mostly in the shadows and rubble, and the KirbyTech equipment at the top and bottom. Radiation Roy and Tusker also have Kirbyesque shading, and the Superman figure looks like a Kirbyesque pose.

But you're right, Spider-Girl does look almost like a different artist.

peter vandeneng said...

i miss sussa as wave. :(