Saturday, August 06, 2022

Today in Comics History, August 6: Happy birthday, Andy Warhol!

Born on this date in 1928: pop artist, film director, and cultural touchstone Andy Warhol, whose last name sounds like a 1990s Image supervillain but isn't. But he did appear in comic books!

from Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed, July 2020), script and art by Tom Scioli

Since they have dates in them that allows me to put them in the Today in Comics History posts (more comin' up soon!) I've featured panels of Andy from Miracleman #19 here. Here's s'more!

from Miracleman #19 (Eclipse, November 1990), cover art by Dave McKean, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mark Buckingham, inks and colors by Sam Parsons, letters by Wayne Truman

This panel of Marvel Girl and Grifter uses photos of Warhol and contemporaries to represent the zeitgiest of the 1960s, but mostly to show Jean Grey in a LBD.

With Image Comics-style mile-high legs.

from WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: The Silver Age (Image/Wildstorm/Marvel, June 1997), script by Scott Lobdell, pencils by Jim Lee, >lotsa people on inks and backgrounds, colors by Joe Chiodo and Martin Jimenez, letters by Richard Starkings and Dave Lanphear

Golly! I'm not s'posed to look at this comic, so please only take a quick glimpse of this panel from a wholesome, all-age comic book in the usual Howard Chaykin kid-friendly manner.

from Black Kiss 2 #4 (Image, November 2012); script, pencils, and inks by Howard Chaykin; letters by Ken Bruzenak

Befitting his status as '70s icon, it's no surprise that Andy Warhol is at the Superman/Ali fight.

What is surprising is that he seems to be really enjoying himself for once! Can you find him? Follow the trail of tomato soup cans!

cover of All-New Collectors' Edition #C-56 (DC, March 1978), layout by Joe Kubert, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Neal Adams (?) and/or Cory Adams (?), logo design by John Workman
(Click top picture to GOAT-size)

Still, Warhol was a proponent of pop art, and we as fans are pretty angry at Roy Lichtenstein for appropriating the art of comics artists. So I'm relatively sure that comics would never...


…really, I mean never...

...appropriate the style of OH WHO AM I KIDDING.

Remember as you travel through your fifteen minutes of fame...

cover of Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol: A Factual Fairytale (SelfMadeHero, October 2018), art and design by Typex

...It's Andy's world. We just live in it.

from Vertical (DC/Vertigo, February 2004), script by Steven T. Seagle, pencils by Mike Allred, inks by Philip Bond, colors by Laura Allred, letters by Ken Lopez

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