Every day this month I'm going to feature a current comic book art "star," someone whose work I absolutely love.
I'm mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here's the archive of the artists mentioned so far!
Here's an artist whose great work has thankfully begun to get the appreciation it deserves.
Marcos Martin broke into the American comic book industry through a fellow Spanish artist, Javier Pulido, who needed another artist to help him with meeting deadlines for a Robin Year One mini-series Pulido was drawing.
Martin filled in, and as a result, got to draw another Year One mini-series for DC, this one starring Batgirl.
While on Robin, Martin basically just aped Pulido, on Batgirl, Martin allowed his own style to shine through, which you can tell with these amazing covers showing of Martin's stunning sense of design...
He next did some cover works (including some great Green Arrow covers) before Breach, a short-lived, but beautifully drawn series he did for DC.
In a nice piece of karma, Martin was filled in on Breach by Pulido on some issues.
After finishing Breach, Martin has not done a regular project since, doing covers for Runaways and an awesome Dr. Strange mini-series with Brian K. Vaughan (here are some sequential pages from it)...
See? Not only is he a great designer, but he can tell a story, too!
Recently, Marvel found a great showcase for his talents. Since it takes Martin awhile to produce his awesome art, Marvel has put him into the mix as one of the artists drawing Amazing Spider-Man. This way, Martin can take his time and they can fit him into the mix whenever he is ready.
Great idea, no?
Here are a couple of his amazing Amazing pages...
(click on the Spider-Man pages to enlarge)
And here is a great future cover he did...
It is great to see an awesome artist find a great showcase for his work like this!