Friday, January 8, 2010

The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic




I finally got my hands on "The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic" hardcover...

Wow.

I typed and retyped the opening sentence to this post about 12 times. Exceedingly extraordinary, mesmerizingly memorable, flat-out knock-down amazing: those were a few of the phrases I tried working into the attention grabbing opener to the post, but only "wow" seemed to work. Very few artist are in his class when it comes to current comic book covers. James Jean and Alex Ross may be the only artists able to outshine Marko's string of instant classic covers.

"The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic" displays Djurdjevic covers in almost chronological order. Spanning his opening series of X-Men: First Class through his Thunderbolts, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and The Mighty Avenger days, the book includes (on top of the visually stunning covers) Marko's comments on his art and accomplishments. Plus, there are thoughts and words from various industry creative heads. The book also includes sketches, previously unreleased art (as of July 8th, 2009) and multiple cover redesigns. There is even a section where we see Marko's Secret Invasion covers and the various classic covers they emulate. Plus, and most importantly, the hardcover includes my favorite Marko Djurdjevic comic cover: Thunderbolts #111. Transcendent.

The comic of the day is definitely "The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic." It has insight into the artist's mind; it has over 200 pages of some of the finest comic book covers ever, and it has a new very proud owner...me!

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