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adamgreenberger
01-26-2007, 10:50 AM
From www.newsarama.com


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The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need, has teamed with Marvel Comics and the industry’s top talent to create 100 covers for Ultimate Spider-Man #100.

More than 80 talented artists were tapped to do a sketch on the blank cover of Ultimate Spider-Man #100 created specifically for The Hero Initiative. Reaction from the artistic community was so overwhelming that some artists insisted on doing two covers.

“The artists have created some amazing pieces of work for this fundraiser,” said Jim McLauchlin, President of The Hero Initiative. “It’s great to see some of the industry’s top talent participating, and I’m sure comic fans will love the covers as much as we do.”

Proceeds from auctions will continue to support Hero’s effort of providing a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

To best showcase the work, the fundraiser has been split in four different parts: a gallery showing at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles on February 3 that will start the ball rolling by auctioning off one book; a showing and auction at MegaCon, in which 20 more of the books will be auctioned off; and the remaining 79 covers to be shown at the New York Comic-Con, with 20 more auctions taking place. The then-remaining 59 covers, including some of the prize pieces, will be auctioned off on eBay in March.

February 3 from 8-10 pm in Los Angeles

A gallery showing of all 100 covers will kick off the worldwide tour at The Secret Headquarters, located at 3817 W. Sunset Boulevard in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles. This special event will be the only showing of all 100 covers, as one masterpiece will be auctioned off on site by one of the local artists in attendance!

February 16-18 at Orlando MegaCon

The remaining 99 covers will be showcased at MegaCon, with 20 covers auctioned off on February 18. Don’t miss bidding on one of the following amazing pieces:

1 Chris Bachalo

2 Joe Benitez

3 Mike Deodato

4 Derec Donovan

5 Dick Giordano

6 Staz Johnson

7 Leonard Kirk

8 Ed McGuinness

9 Luke Ross

10 Joe and Tim Vigil

11 Billy Tan

12 Sergio Aragones

13 Jim Hanna

14 Andy Kuhn

15 Tim Seeley

16 Alex Saviuk

17 Mike Wieringo

18 Marie Severin

19 Jim Starlin

20 Mike Vosburg


February 23-25 at New York Comic-Con

79 covers will be showcased at New York Comic-Con with the following 20 covers going up for auction on February 25.

1 Alan Davis

2 Kyle Baker

3 Joe Bennett

4 Ron Frenz

5 Ron Garney

6 Michael Golden

7 Fred Hembeck

8 Scott Kolins

9 Larry Lieber

10 Joseph Michael Linsner

11 John McCrea

12 Al Milgrom

13 James Owen

14 Joe Quesada

15 Frank Quitely

16 John Romita Sr.

17 Arthur Suydam

18 Jim Valentino

19 Alan Weiss

20 Mark Buckingham

The remaining 59 will be auctioned off via eBay.com in the beginning of March. Remaining covers will include such artistic talent as J. Scott Campbell, Jim Cheung, Frank Cho, Greg Land, Michael Lark, Jae Lee, Todd McFarlane, Terry Moore, and Bill Morrison. Even writers and ace doodlers such as Guillermo del Toro and Neil Gaiman have joined in with covers of their own.





The “Ultimate 100,” as it’s come to be called, was largely the brainchild of Hero Board Member Brian Pulido and Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley. Pulido, an innovator of exotic variant covers (including Chromium, leather, velvet, and die-cut), conceived the initial concept. "What's cooler than an edition limited to 100, featuring 100 custom drawings of an A-list character?,” Pulido asked. “Each one is a unique edition.” Marvel’s Buckley approved the project and shepherded it through Marvel.

“Half the fun in this was tracking down some of the great Spidey artists of the past,” said McLauchlin. “Tom Lyle is now teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Frank Springer is enjoying semi-retirement in Maine. Both guys thought the comic world have forgotten them, but we certainly remembered.”

"This is project is an amazingly unique opportunity and nothing like it has ever been achieved and most certainly will never be again. One hundred, let me repeat that, ONE HUNDRED, custom hand drawn Spider-Man covers on a seminal issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, drawn by the very finest artist working in the field today and some of the most legendary past greats who have ever grace a comic’s page. It’s a sight worth seeing and bidding on and to make it even better, it's all for an incredible cause," noted Hero Board Member and Marvel Editor In Chief Joe Quesada.

The Hero Initiative would like to thank Mike Malve, Beth Widera, Joe Prado, Mike Conroy, Lee Parker, Adam Rosenblum and Brian Pulido for their help in managing this fundraising venture. Dan Buckley and Joe Quesada at Marvel are also to be thanked for lending their considerable powers and talents to the project.

About The Hero Initiative (www.HeroInitiative.org)

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 310-909-7809.

http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=99065

Jew Mafia
01-26-2007, 10:51 AM
:p

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=101286

adamgreenberger
01-26-2007, 10:54 AM
:p

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=101286

Damn...why am I always late

DAVE
01-26-2007, 10:59 AM
That doesn't look like a new picture. I know they say it's a sketch done on the cover, just looks like Abjectiveless Spider-man era Todd art.

David Aspmo
01-26-2007, 11:34 AM
That doesn't look like a new picture. I know they say it's a sketch done on the cover, just looks like Abjectiveless Spider-man era Todd art.
Nah, you can see the variations in darkness of the marker lines in the black areas - and you can see where they encroach on the red boarders on the sides.

Todd just still draws Spidey the same as he used to.

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David Aspmo

DAVE
01-26-2007, 11:35 AM
Nah, you can see the variations in darkness of the marker lines in the black areas - and you can see where they encroach on the red boarders on the sides.

Todd just still draws Spidey the same as he used to.

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David Aspmo

I'm sure, but that doesn't mean he didn't just light box one of his old peices.

JackBauer
01-26-2007, 11:41 AM
I still miss him on ASM.

If only he would do a Spawn/Spidey Crossover...:sad:

changingshades
01-26-2007, 11:42 AM
that is great

adamgreenberger
01-26-2007, 11:44 AM
I'm sure, but that doesn't mean he didn't just light box one of his old peices.

I doubt that he did that...but either way it looks great and is for a good cause

DAVE
01-26-2007, 11:47 AM
I doubt that he did that...but either way it looks great and is for a good cause

It's not a criticism. It's wonderful that he's contributing to the good cause. It was just interesting to me from a technique point of view. I'm sure plenty of artists light box their own stuff. It's just Todd's linework has changedin what little he's done in the last few years, and that pic looks really '89 style to me. Again, this is nothing against McFarlane.

David Aspmo
01-26-2007, 11:52 AM
I'm sure, but that doesn't mean he didn't just light box one of his old peices.
Possible, I suppose.

But, given the way he draws (not a whole lot of underlying figure/muscle construction, generally freeform shapes, rendering/crosshatching done by feel and instinct rather than consideration and deliberation), I'm not sure lightboxing would really save him a great deal of time or effort on a piece like this.

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David Aspmo

DAVE
01-26-2007, 11:54 AM
Possible, I suppose.

But, given the way he draws (not a whole lot of underlying figure/muscle construction, generally freeform shapes, rendering/crosshatching done by feel and instinct rather than consideration and deliberation), I'm not sure lightboxing would really save him a great deal of time or effort on a piece like this.

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David Aspmo

It would if McFarlane is really out of practice.

A.Huerta
01-26-2007, 11:57 AM
It's not a criticism. It's wonderful that he's contributing to the good cause. It was just interesting to me from a technique point of view. I'm sure plenty of artists light box their own stuff. It's just Todd's linework has changedin what little he's done in the last few years, and that pic looks really '89 style to me. Again, this is nothing against McFarlane.

An artists style doesnt evolve if he doesnt try new things and draws constantly. His Spawn art in the Image 10th book still looked exactly like old McFarlane art.

DAVE
01-26-2007, 11:59 AM
An artists style doesnt evolve if he doesnt try new things and draws constantly. His Spawn art in the Image 10th book still looked exactly like old McFarlane art.

Yeah, exactly. Most artists regress if they're not drawing constantly. McFarlane capturing his prime quality art, when even he stated in interviews that he may not have it anymore, seems weird to me.
I knew you would respond by the way. There's two ways to summon you: mention the Sentry of Todd :D

A.Huerta
01-26-2007, 12:01 PM
:lol:

One of those usually works.

Donal DeLay
01-26-2007, 12:02 PM
It would if McFarlane is really out of practice.
It'd be more time consuming to lightbox an image over that cover than it would be to just draw a new image.

He'd have thick, magazine gloss paper, credits, or whatever is on the inside cover to overlook in order to see his image.It'd be harder to see the underlying image clearly.

DAVE
01-26-2007, 12:04 PM
It'd be more time consuming to lightbox an image over that cover than it would be to just draw a new image.

He'd have thick, magazine gloss paper, credits, or whatever is on the inside cover to overlook in order to see his image.It'd be harder to see the underlying image clearly.

If the cover is printed all white, and intended to be a drawing surface, I doubt they print anything on the inside cover. That's just a guess though. There are other cheats besides light boxing, though.

DAVE
01-26-2007, 12:05 PM
:lol:

One of those usually works.

I'm still waiting to see a Sentry drawing by you. I bet it would kick ass.

A.Huerta
01-26-2007, 12:13 PM
I'm still waiting to see a Sentry drawing by you. I bet it would kick ass.

When I have the right idea, I'll definitely do a fun piece. Here's a sketch I did, colored too. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47217066/

Donal DeLay
01-26-2007, 12:21 PM
If the cover is printed all white, and intended to be a drawing surface, I doubt they print anything on the inside cover. That's just a guess though. There are other cheats besides light boxing, though. It's a sketch cover, which I'd assume is meant for sketches, not lightboxxed art, which I'd assume means they put an ad or credits or something on the inside cover.

But, since I don't collect/read USM, I wouldn't really know. Just saying.

DAVE
01-26-2007, 12:21 PM
When I have the right idea, I'll definitely do a fun piece. Here's a sketch I did, colored too. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/47217066/

That's sweet man.

A.Huerta
01-26-2007, 12:28 PM
Thanks, mang.

They better come out with a book of all these because I know I'll get it.

SteveFlack
01-26-2007, 12:49 PM
Why didn't Todd let Greg Capullo sign it? He probably drew it for Todd, anyway.

-Steve!

Cuckoo
01-26-2007, 01:08 PM
It's still a nice drawing..

Shawn_Kehoe
01-26-2007, 01:26 PM
Why didn't Todd let Greg Capullo sign it? He probably drew it for Todd, anyway.

-Steve!

I have NEVER heard of McFarlane passing Capullo's art off as his own.

It is a cool Spider-man cover.

To those questioning his style evolution: I think Mcfarlane deliberately chose to mimic his old style. He's an excellent businessman, and realised that for this project, nostalgia sells. Since the goal is to raise money for charity, I cannot blame him.

Shawn

Greenville 90210
01-26-2007, 03:14 PM
Nice. I want to see all the artists' versions...

Dusty
01-26-2007, 03:37 PM
Michelinie and McFarlane's Amazing Spider-Man was my favorite run on the series. (and Dave was a good enough writer, unlike the current Spidey writers) that he never had a problem making the Peter/MJ relationship work.

I was surprised to see Al Milgrom's name listed. I don't believe he's done anything since he was black balled from Marvel after that hidden message that insulted Bob Harras after he was fired.

David Aspmo
01-26-2007, 03:50 PM
I was surprised to see Al Milgrom's name listed. I don't believe he's done anything since he was black balled from Marvel after that hidden message that insulted Bob Harras after he was fired.
I could swear I've seen Milgrom doing some freelance stuff for Marvel since then. I thought he was just fired from his staff position because of the Harras thing.

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David Aspmo

Dusty
01-26-2007, 03:57 PM
I could swear I've seen Milgrom doing some freelance stuff for Marvel since then. I thought he was just fired from his staff position because of the Harras thing.

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David Aspmo

He was just a freelance inker at the time and hadn't been on staff at Marvel for years when Harras was fired, if I recall.

I honestly can't recall him ever working again after that. Anybody know for sure?

David Aspmo
01-26-2007, 04:14 PM
He was just a freelance inker at the time and hadn't been on staff at Marvel for years when Harras was fired, if I recall.

I honestly can't recall him ever working again after that. Anybody know for sure?
The Harras thing happened in 2001, right?

After a quick look through my database, I see that Milgrom inked John Romita, Sr.'s contributions to both the Ultimate Spider-Man Special (2002) and Daredevil (Vol. II) #50 (2003). And (the one I think I had the faint memory of seeing his name on) he inked Jim Starlin's Infinity Abyss mini-series (2002). Wouldn't be surprised if he also worked on the other stuff Starlin was doing for Marvel a couple of years ago.

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David Aspmo

Mister Mets
01-26-2007, 04:19 PM
Since I've seen Mcfarlane do several interviews about Spider-Man (including in the last issue of Write Now) I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually returns to Spider-Man for a few issues (probably with a lot of fanfare/ publicity/ an A-list writer.)

And I think a $10 collection of the 100 covers (and perhaps some more art) with proceeds going to charity would be a wonderful idea, especially if the release could coincide with the theatrial/ DVD release of Spider-Man 3.


He was just a freelance inker at the time and hadn't been on staff at Marvel for years when Harras was fired, if I recall.

I honestly can't recall him ever working again after that. Anybody know for sure?
He inked parts of Daredevil #50, Thunderbolts #100, in addition to all twelve issues of Jim Starlin's Thanos series, all of which was after the dig at one of Marvel's most popular creators.

This information is readily available on gcd.

DaveCummings
01-26-2007, 04:52 PM
They really need to make a pin up book of all these covers and sell them where the proceeds also go to the Hero initiative. I know a TON of people who may not be able to afford the thousands of dollars that some of these covers are going to go for, but want to help the initiative anyways and that would be a great way to do so.

Just saying.

~Dave

dEnny!
01-26-2007, 07:27 PM
I need to head down to Megacon!

costello
01-26-2007, 07:42 PM
I know it's for a good cause, but this almost feels like something created by The Onion.

SteveFlack
01-26-2007, 09:27 PM
I have NEVER heard of McFarlane passing Capullo's art off as his own.

It is a cool Spider-man cover.

To those questioning his style evolution: I think Mcfarlane deliberately chose to mimic his old style. He's an excellent businessman, and realised that for this project, nostalgia sells. Since the goal is to raise money for charity, I cannot blame him.

Shawn

http://www.wickedland.com/korn/lyrics/images/followtheleader.jpg

-Steve!

moonspider
01-26-2007, 09:48 PM
dman...now i want mcfarlane back into drawing spidey again

innocentboy
01-27-2007, 01:06 AM
xxx123

Bill Nolan
05-22-2007, 05:46 PM
McFarlane piece on eBay... (http://cgi.ebay.com/HERO-ULT-SPIDER-MAN-100-ORIGINAL-TODD-McFARLANE_W0QQitemZ300113918965QQihZ020QQcategoryZ 972QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Already over $3k...

manbearpig
05-22-2007, 06:12 PM
That's pretty badass. The Todd is awesome.

moonspider
05-22-2007, 06:24 PM
jesus fucking care bear christ....that alot of moolah!