Graphic Design In the Wild – Day 21: Comic Book Lettering, Marvel Edition

This post was inspired by web designer Regan Ray‘s Marvel Superhero Lettering blog post (h/t Austin Kleon). It had me wondering, what awesome lettering was in my long box?

These are well executed examples of lettering. But it’s the feelings they evoke about the characters that makes them special.

Let’s take a closer look.

X-Men Grand Design #1, 2017

For Ed Piskor’s Grand Design, you can see the 90s influence of the X-Men cartoon show. Even though it’s paper, you can almost see the volt of electricity flowing through the letters.

Hawkeye #6, 1988

With Hawkeye’s lettering you get the feeling that this is a hero who’s all about one thing: hitting the target.

Excalibur #3, 1988

The British X-men? Probably too many swords on this one. But it does express a royal, knights of the round table feel.

Fantastic Four #356, 1991

Slapstick. Zany. Funny. Heroic.

The Fantastic Four lettering captures all the energy of what makes the Fantastic Four adventures so well, fantastic!

Four Panel Friday: Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson

I heard a theory once that the best superhero movies are the ones where the hero is on screen, in full costume, the least amount of time.

The idea being that it’s what’s happening behind the mask that is the most meaningful.

I wonder if this theory holds true on the comics page.

Bendis’ run on Ultimate Spiderman was filled with these un-cowled moments. Moments where Peter Parker experiences the power of being Spider-Man, but also the vulnerability of being human.

From: Ultimate Spiderman, Issue #5: Life Lessons

By: Brian Michael Bendis

Pencils: Mark Bagley

Inks: Art Thibert

Four Panel Friday: Silver Surfer #18

Jack Kirby takes over one issue for John Buscema, and he immediately has Silver Surfer fighting a giant dog.

Timeless Marvel Universe maelstroms that.

From: Essential Silver Surfer, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1)

By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Four Panel Friday: Marvel Comics Star Wars #11 – Star Search!

Two horizontal panels, two vertical panels. In case you’re keeping track.

Long before Disney owned Marvel Comics and Star Wars, Marvel Comics Group held the publishing rights to Star Wars comics.

Then shit got weird – for Han Solo in particular.

In this expanded universe Han meets a space rabbit named Jaxxon, wields a light sabre, teams up with a man dressed up in a Chewbacca Halloween costume, and rescues a bald librarian Jedi wannabe named Don-Wan from an intergalactic dinosaur.

Like we said. Shit got weird.

From: Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… Vol. 1

By: Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino, Terry Austin

Four Panel Friday: X-Men Grand Design by Ed Piskor

Mind Games

Ed Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design is a tribute to the X-Men’s past.

It’s also a glimpse into the future. A future where cartoonists take on a mainstream project and execute every stage of the the comic making process.

Read on.

Black Panther: Parkour Nights 2/2

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Night of the Blank Panther part deux. This sequence is untouchable.

From: Daredevil The Man Without Fear #52 Night of the Panther

As Read From: Daredevil Epic Collection: Brother, Take My Hand

Writer: Roy Thomas

Penciller: Barry Windsor-Smith

Inker: Johnny Craig

Letterer: Sam Rosen