A couple of weeks ago I featured a selection of re-designed Superman covers from Warren Ellis' Whitechapel forum. I love these kind of projects but rarely find the time to contribute. But when I found out that the next challenge was to re-design 2000AD #1 I just had to chip in. Here's what I came up with:
Although I'm pleased with the general look of the typography and the metallic finish, the fact that I failed to come up with a decent central image somewhat lets the side down. You can see the some of the more successful entries here.
As I was putting it together I was reminded of this 2000AD cover by Brendan McCarthy. I believe it accompanied an Alan Moore future shock which was a Hitchhikers Guide parody. It's amusing to see that 1981's vision of the future still comes with play/record buttons.
The following week's challenge was to re-design Amazing Fantasy#15. When it comes to something as iconic as Spider-Man's debut, you've got you work cut out not to refer to it in someway. The book's title immediately suggested a 1950's pulp magazine style, an idea that seemed to be popular amongst the other entries. The Pulp Fiction Flickr pool proved invaluable when it came to reference. As you can see below I pieced the artwork together from various sources.
Getting involved with the Whitechapel challenges forced me to sideline my submission to Brendan Tobin and Pedro Delgado's, March MODOK Madness, a month-long celebration of the much ridiculed Jack Kirby creation. I'd actually started this back in February and had been puttering about with it for nearly a month before a sedate Sunday afternoon allowed me to complete it before April set in.
And finally, I created this montage to celebrate the first Anniversary of Kirby-Vision. It features just some of the fabulous artists who have submitted work to the blog. It was another race against time to get it finished and I eventually posted it three days later than the actual date, but I won't tell anybody if you don't.