Tuesday, August 08, 2006
This is my cover for my new Marvel book SpiderMan Family (or something like that) This is another one that I wanted to play with. Not as drasitc as the Jesus cover, but still a slight change up for me. If you haven't heard yet, i'm working on a new Spiderman: Legend of the Spider Clan one shot. It will be 40 pages of new story, in a book with a few other reprinted Spiderman stories. A story with the Black Costume Spidey, a story with Spidey 2099, and a Ditko Spidey story. So, I needed to incorporate all of those into the cover.
At first, i had a hell of time coming up with an idea. It was fucking tough. I wanted to do a cool montage cover, but it started looking like a "Team Spidey" book, and that was...well, lame! So, I keep doodling and came up with an idea that got approved (the Peter Parker image), but once I started working on that idea, I fucking hated it. So, I hit up my editor, Jon Barber, and asked if I could try something new again. He actually gave me a great idea. He told me to take the widecreen idea, and ad a Ditko style spidey on top of it. So, I did, and guess what.....fucking magic baby!!!
On the art approach, I tried to let my style "grow up" a little. I wanted my spidey to have a little more mass than I would normally give him. And I wanted him to feel like the old, ditko spidey. The black and white version was cool, but i knew that when I colored it, I would need to push those panels back some how. Ryan Ottley (Invinsible) was here at my house while I was coloring it, and he showed me how Bill Crabtree pushed back a similar idea on one of his books. So, i used that same technique. But I wanted each panel to have it's own color theme. So, thanks to Ryan, and Bill for helping with the idea on the finish.