Marvel’s new Classics line
So I’m catching up on Previews magazine (more about which in my Wednesday column) and I notice this drop-dead gorgeous art in the Marvel Previews insert that caught my eye and made me stare at the page for like a minute and a half. And I’m one of those "usually more into the words than the art" comics people.
It was either an interior page or Jo Chen’s cover art for Last of the Mohicans #1, adapted from the James Fennimore Cooper novel by veteran scribe Roy Thomas. Okay, probably the cover, but the interior pages in that Marvel Previews issue were equally gorgeous, with rich, lush inks. I wish I knew who did those inks. The pencillers are listed as Steve Kurth and Denis Medri, and their scene-setting and composition is indeed wonderful from what I’ve seen, but geez Marvel, whom do I have to bribe to get inkers’ names into your PR?
In any case, particularly having just come from the Kids’ Comic Con, I find this news of Marvel doing Classics Illustrated-type stuff to be welcome indeed. Last of the Mohicans is the second title in the nascent Marvel Illustrated line If you haven’t yet grabbed Jungle Book by Gil Kane, Jo Duffy and P. Craig Russell, get it now), to be followed by Treasure Island and the Man in the Iron Mask. Hey, can a woman-written classic be far behind? I know Frankenstein‘s been done to death, so to speak, but how about some Virginia Woolf or a Bronte or two?