Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Charles Vess - "Cry of the Wendigo" (Amazing Spiderman #277, Marvel Comics 1986)

In 1986, Charles Vess (American 1951 -  ) wrote and drew an unusual backup feature for Amazing Spiderman #277 (maybe most unusual was that this backup was 2 pages longer than the main story.  I'm assuming there was a deadline glitch that led to its existence).  Vess was more a part of the Heavy Metal/Epic Illustrated scene, and his mainstream superhero interior work is rare.  Stylistically, Vess' work here stands out among the other Marvel artists of the time with his delicate lines and the dynamics of Spiderman's black suit against the stark white snowy background.  This story led to Vess' fully painted Spiderman: Spirits of the Earth graphic novel in 1990.

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