Tribute Tuesday

Team-Up/Tribute Tuesday – Power Man & Iron Fist #50

It’s a Mini Marvel style POWER MAN & IRON FIST, based on the original cover to POWER MAN & IRON FIST #50 drawn by the legendary Dave Cockrum.
Power Man and Iron Fist #50 cover tribute by Chris Giarrusso

8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, archival ink over blue pencil.

Tribute Tuesday – John Byrne's UNCANNY X-MEN #141

Here is my Mini Marvel tribute to John Byrne’s cover of UNCANNY X-MEN #141… the comic featuring the beginning of the famous DAYS OF FUTURE PAST storyline.

X-Men 141 Cover Tribute by Chris Giarrusso

Tribute Tuesday – INFINITY WAR #1

This Tuesday’s piece will be available for auction at the third Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM in Room 1A17 of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

It’s a Mini Marvel recreation/tribute of Ron Lim’s original cover to INIFINITY WAR #1. This triple gatefold cover is made of three art boards taped together and measures 33″ x 17″. Archival ink over blue pencil.

Infinity War 1 cover tribute by Chris Giarrusso

Tribute Tuesday – Walking Dead 100 Sketch Cover

It’s yet another tribute to the cover art of THE WALKING DEAD #1 by Tony Moore.

This time, however, it’s an original art sketch cover for THE WALKING DEAD #100. This piece is currently being auctioned to benefit the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

So click here and bid on this piece (or any other Hero Initiative pieces that catch your eye)!

One last thing, just to be abundantly clear — THE WALKING DEAD is NOT appropriate reading material for kids.

Walking Dead 100 Cover sketch by Chris Giarrusso

Tribute Tuesday: G-MAN commercial

Recently, we released the following commercial to promote the release of G-MAN, Volume 3: COMING HOME, and to promote G-Man in general:

My G-MAN commercial was designed to be a shot-for-shot parody of a commercial for Levi’s jeans that aired on TV in 1990. The original commercial, directed by Spike Lee, featured a young superstar comic book artist, Rob Liefeld:

At the time this original commercial first aired, it had a major impact on me. I was in high school, and here was a guy drawing comics that didn’t look much older than me. My friends who often teased me for my comic book addiction said, “That’s you. That’s what you’re going to do.” Strange how something so subtle can so drastically affect your outlook and attitude.

Two years later, Rob Liefeld and six other comic creators would go on to form a new comic book company called Image Comics, the same company which publishes G-MAN today.

Tribute Tuesday – FANTASTIC FOUR #101 & G-MAN: COMING HOME #4

The cover for G-MAN: COMING HOME #4 (available now on comiXology) was based on this Jack Kirby masterpiece, the cover for FANTASTIC FOUR #101. Perhaps an unusual choice for a cover tribute, but I found it unusual how perfectly suited this cover was for this particular issue of G-MAN: COMING HOME. Read it now digitally on comiXology to see what I mean! OR wait one more week and pick up the full G-MAN: COMING HOME collection in print, on sale in comic shops May 1st!

G-Man Coming Home Chapter 4 by Chris Giarrusso

Tribute Tuesday – Mike Zeck's Secret Wars #1

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS was Marvel’s first big comic event that was directly and specifically tied into a line of action figures, which were created by Mattel in the 1980s. Featuring all of Marvel’s most prominent heroes and villains fighting on Battleworld, the comics and toys were a huge success. I personally had all the comics and as many of the action figures as I was able to track down. Awesome art by Mike Zeck sure helped make it all look amazing. Here’s my Mini Marvels tribute to SECRET WARS #1 based on Mike Zeck’s original classic cover.

Secret Wars #1 by Mike Zeck and Chris G

Tribute Tuesday – Jack Kirby's Tales of Suspense #80

We’ve showcased this cover tribute before. Now we’re offering the original piece of art for sale by clicking the button below! SOLD!

Tales of Suspense #80 Covers by Kirby & Chris G

Tales Of Suspense #80 by Chris G

Tribute Tuesday – Joe Shuster's Action Comics #1

ACTION COMICS #1, original cover by Joe Shuster. Published in 1938, and featuring the first official appearance of Superman, this is considered the beginning of the superhero genre of comic books. However, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster actually created Superman in 1933! They shopped around their crazy Superman comic strip idea for years. Max Gaines, father of William M. (the “M” is for “Maxwell”) Gaines of E.C. Comics and MAD Magazine, famously passed on Superman. Whoops!

Action Comics #1 by Joe Shuster and Chris G

National Allied Publications finally gave Superman a chance when they were looking for material to fill a new comic book anthology, ACTION COMICS. Shuster and Siegel were paid a total of $130 for their 13 pages of work!

Tribute Tuesday – Jack Kirby's Avengers #9

Here’s a relatively old one… not only the original Avengers #9 by Jack Kirby from 1964, but I drew this recreation about 8 years ago. I’ve always loved the “floating heads” cover design, and you can’t go wrong when those floating heads belong to Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, the Wasp, and Giant Man! And oh yeah… it’s the introduction of “Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous house of ideas!”
Avengers #9 by Jack Kirby and Chris G

Avengers assemble!