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McFarlane Mania

Most collectors who grew up reading comics in the late 80’s and early 90’s will no doubt recall the phenomena that was Todd McFarlane with fond memories. Heck, it feels like it was just yesterday that his were the most anticipated covers of the month.

While He had some notable turns with DC on Infinity, Inc. Detective Comics, and then the Invasion event book, McFarlane achieved legendary status revolutionizing not only the art for Incredible Hulk, but the Amazing Spider-Man. He forever changed the way artists drew webs for Spidey ever again and in the process had one of the biggest comic best sellers of all time with his Spider-Man #1 which sold over 2.5 million copies.

His cover art has long been sought after and nearly impossible to obtain, way before he left Marvel to create Spawn and form Image Comics with a passel of other highly talented creators including Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, and Jim Valentino back in 1992.

Now, there is one huge story brewing on ebay with one of Todd’s covers currently being auctioned off. With a little over 4 days remaining the original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #313 sits at $40,100.00.

Amazing Spider-Man #313 cover by Todd McFarlane on ebay. About as close to my collection as if it were on Pluto.

That really is amazing. I’m sure it is a fact not unnoticed by only the handful of folks who own a McFarlane Spidey cover and is a testament to just how important an artist the artist turned toy maker McFarlane truly is. He may be the father of hyper detail that has influenced some many other talented artists like Greg Capullo, David Finch, and Josh Medors.

All this really means is that now I will be that much further away from ever owning one of the holy grails of the comic art world.

The Mysterious Marcos Martin

One of the purposes of Panel Surfing will be to showcase great artists work for both the purposes of fun and investment. On the one hand you can’t deny that Marcos Martin is one of the best artists working in the medium today. His style is in itself fun. But his work also transcends into that realm of highly desirable original artwork. The combination of his throwback charm coupled with the subjects he has worked with so far making his work very sought after. The fact that just a few crumbs of his work have made it into collections makes fans all the more hungry for this superstar’s pieces.

Martin oozes old school brilliance. He has that certain nostalgic House of Ideas “house” style that Stan Lee insisted upon in the bygone days of  ‘ol Marvel. The fact that Martin has already worked on both Dr. Strange (The Oath mini series) and both covers and interior on Amazing Spider-Man (he is currently handling art on the 2 page Stan Lee back up features in ASM) has naturally led folks to compare his style to Steve Ditko. And they’re right. The Spanish artist does have that Ditko quality but with an updated spin. Very fluid and exuberant with modern features.

Marcos Martin cover to Amazing Spider-Man #579

While his work on Amazing Spider-Man is undeniably superb my personal favorites were his collection of alternate covers he did for Marvel’s Timely Anniversary one shots in 2009. One interview he did for Comic Book Resources noted the similarity of tone between his covers and the old World War II era Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters. I love those old posters and his covers for that special project do have that same halcyon quality and maybe that is why they resonate so strongly with me. His work (as well as Chris Samnee who looks to have a similar effect going on with Thor) is work I will be looking to add to my collection in the future.

JSA Splash from the ComicArtFans.com Gallery of Keith Richard

Joker From the ComicArtFans.com Gallery of Vigo Jose y Augustin

Batgirl From the ComicArtFans.com Gallery of Raul San

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