Earlier this week I posted some opinions on the hot market for Copper Age books so I thought I’d try to dig up a few and feature some splash pages, always trying to stay topical…
I found the colours a bit flat on all these issues, the early 80s seem to have this printing process that dulls the colours and gives the pages a slightly faded look.
This week’s winner has to be the Jimmy Janes and Bruce Patterson splash page to Marvel Team-Up #95. I looked at this page and had to flip over into the book and keep reading, Parker obviously doesn’t know the pretty blonde in front of him and he doesn’t know about those two henchmen coming up behind. Are they after him or her? I had to turn the page because I had to know! From July 1980.
I remember the Chuck Norris movie Good Guys Wear Black, it was a huge hit in the late 70s and Frank Miller drew on the pop culture to get our attention with his Good Guys Wear Red banner, Miller and Janson give us a great double splash action scene as well. From Daredevil #184, July 1982.
Holy cow that Bill Sienkiewicz run in Moon Knight was beyond trippy. Bill gave us pages and pages of some very unique and funky art. I remember when these issues were hitting the stands, some people didn’t know how to process this art and decided they didn’t like it. From Moon Knight #23, September 1982.
Again the dialogue on this splash page from Amazing Spider-Man #209 draws me in and makes me turn the page to see what she has to say, I know it will mean some sort of mission for Kraven. Alan Weiss does good work on the perspective here though I’ll admit this one is not my favourite this week. From October 1980.
I first dismissed this Al Williamson splash page from Star Wars #44 but as I was filtering the pictures down to these five I found a lot to like on second look. It’s a very stylized piece with imagery that I’m familiar with thanks to my love of the movie. This scene would seem pretty sterilized and difficult to give character if you had to draw it but Williamson gives it this artsy style and makes it work. From February 1981.