Monday, August 23, 2010

Thor: The Mighty Avenger - Double Rainbow

News came out from Marvel today that Thor: TMA #1 & #2 have sold out at Diamond, so Marvel is re-printing those two issues together as Thor: The Mighty Avenger - Double Rainbow. If you missed the boat on the first two issues, this is the perfect way to pick them up! It's only $3.99 and will be out Sept. 22nd. Previews says this needs to be ordered at your local shop by THIS THURSDAY (AUG. 26th). Order code is JUL108106.

My editor asked me to put a new cover together for this collection. I was aiming for something iconic that conveyed the tone of the book. Below is the process.

First a couple pages of very loose sketches.

Then I like to turn the ideas in my sketches into several distinct options for my editor to choose from. In this case none of my options were really singing - so I combined a few ideas for a final rough to show editorial.
This was the final rough idea I sent and was approved, very enthusiastically!
Pencils stage.
And then Matt Wilson did his color magic to it!

Again, thank you to everyone who has been picking the book up! I hope you're enjoying reading it as much as I'm enjoying drawing it!


Rob Barrett said...

Awesome sauce! I'm loving the book and am glad to hear about the sell-out of issues 1-2.

Ramon Villalobos said...

That's super cool of them to get behind it like that. I've been buying the book as it's been coming out and it's seriously one of my favorite things each month. #3 in particular was just fantastic, I've never particularly liked Giantman and Wasp all that much before then.

brian hurtt said...

Love that final piece, Chris! Great motion in the bodies, fantastic expression on Thor's face and that is some ace hammer-swingin' action!

Big ups to Matt on the colors as well--those clouds are super purty.

Benny said...

Thanks for sharing all those prelims. You gave us more than our daily recommended allowance today.

Congratulations for the success of Thor:TMA. Th creative team has brought new excitement that the character hasn't seen since Walter Simonson was at the helm. Here's to continued success.

By the way, Chris, you are totally new to me. You get my vote for my favorite new artist of 2010.

Keep up the good work. I'll be watching!

Alan said...

I loves me some process. Great work. Facial expressions priceless as always

c. jorge said...


I've written a brief note about the special for a spanish web devoted to Marvel Comics, you can see it here:

Anonymous said...

Can I ask how exactly you get from pencils to inks? You always use negative space so beautifully-do you simply use an overlay of some type? Just wondering.

Terrific, as always.

Ryan Cody said...

I love the timeless feel to these.

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Always love the process-porn. Thanks man, and congrats on the sales!

Chris Samnee said...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the nice comments!

Pastrami - Not quite sure how to answer your question. I have no idea what you mean by "overlay". I just ink my pencils - nothing fancy - just a brush pen. I just always know where to spot the blacks in my head. Does that help at all?

Anonymous said...

That does help, Chris, thanks!

I suppose my question would have been clearer if I simply asked whether you ink directly onto the pencils.

I was thinking that you might cover the pencils with a clear piece of acetate or something...

Brent Schoonover said...

Thanks for posting the process Chris. I was actually looking at your site a while ago thinking I wish you'd post more of the pencil work you do. Great to see.

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