The Art of Marc Silvestri

Those Image Comics founders sure know how to draw. Without those mad pencilling skills, there’s no way they ever could’ve jumped Marvel’s ship back in 1992 and bring a whole lotta fans with them. Silvestri is one of those original rebels and his pencils on his own creations like Witchblade, Cyberforce and The Darkness (also a freakily good console game) are things of equal beauty and horror. He has returned to Marvel over the last few years to perty up the pages of X-Men, primarily during the Messiah CompleX series.

The Art of Marc Silvestri book covers the Top Cow CEO’s whole career and also features commentaries by fellow artists Dave Finch, Brandon Peterson, Billy Tan, Mike Choi and Michael Broussard.

The full colour 96 page hard cover book goes on sale August 20, for $US29.99. It’d make a great coffee table book for art lovers or fans of superheroes and villains and the tight bodies that they all possess. See what I mean by checking out a few luscious pages below.

Savage (Dragon) Politics

One of the beauties of comics is the speed in which they can be made. After 9/11 the comics community was the first medium to tackle the complexities and heartache that went with that heartbreaking day, while film took years to tell their tales. This year, as US politics takes centre stage again (in the 2000 presidential race, Lex Luthor won in the DC Comics world) the real life candidates become comic book figures once more. Just take a look at this variant cover for Savage Dragon #137 by creator (and until recently, Image head honcho) Erik Larsen. The finned one leaves no mysteries as to where his vote is going. The 32 page ish goes on sale September 3.

As reported in the New York Times, a former presidential candidate will give his endorsement for this years’ race in SAVAGE DRAGON #137, as the titular character supports Democratic nominee, Barack Obama!

“Four years ago the Dragon was a reluctant presidential candidate,” SAVAGE DRAGON creator Erik Larsen said. “Fans have asked if he’ll be running again, but given the importance of the upcoming election it seemed appropriate that he would back Barack Obama, the candidate whose politics most reflect his own. Savage Dragon will be giving Barack Obama his full support.”

Savage Dragon made his initial play for the presidential election in the 2004 campaign, but rescinded once the man claiming to be his running mate turned out to be Dreadknight, a supervillain bent on world domination. SAVAGE DRAGON #137 will sport a special 1:5 variant cover featuring Dragon formally endorsing the one candidate he is confident is not a potential nemesis, Barack Obama.

A week after Dragon makes his political leanings public, so do a whole bunch of DC heroes, in the 4 ish mini-series, Decisions, by Judd Winick, Bill Willingham and Rick Leonardi, which has various characters weighing in on some fictional candidates in the DCU.

And, finally, IDW also get in on the act. Their comic biographies of Obama and his arch-nemesis John McCain go on sale on October 8. Comics and politics – what a combo!