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Marvel's hip-hop tribute embraces black metaphors but excludes black people | Music | The GuardianWe all have our own tastes when it comes to art and comic book covers are no exception. Thanks to a lot of drinking and looking at comic book covers over the last few years in my Drunk Cover Solicits In Three Sentences or Less feature on my blog I've thought a lot about comic covers over the last few years and what really makes me respond to something, or alternatively turns me off. So here are 6 C's that make of the anatomy of a great cover for me - along with a slew of gorgeous examples. I focused on more recent stuff from the last few years, both because that's where my focus has been for the feature on Semi-Finalist and because while I there are obviously tons of gorgeous covers through the ages, I think we're going through a pretty great time for comic book covers. A few classics snuck their way in anyway.
Marvel's hip-hop tribute embraces black metaphors but excludes black people
Alonso was hyping a series of forthcoming Marvel variant covers based on classic hip-hop albums. Still, even for marketing gobbledygook, his statement strains credulity. Marvel has a history of dialogue with hip-hop? What on earth is Alonso talking about? Hip-hop talks about Marvel and superheroes because hip-hop talks about everything, not because the two are engaged in some longstanding thoughtful dialogue. There are other parallels between hip-hop and Marvel comics too. Most notably, both are often built around hyperbolic empowerment narratives of one kind or another.
Being a graphic medium, comic books ultimately live and die by their cover. It's a visual mission statement -- an image meant to grab the reader's attention. It provides an expectation of what's inside, while also establishing an aesthetic appropriate for the time period in which it was created. But the best comic book covers are more than a mere mini-billboard meant to sell a product. They're an artistic statement unto themselves, with some of the best pushing the boundaries of graphic design, controversial subject matter, cultural significance or starting a stylistic trend for better or worse. We're not covering all of the most famous covers of all time although several are included , instead focusing on covers that pushed the medium into new territory, changing the industry in the process. Captain America burst into comic books in dramatic fashion when his first issue debuted in , as the legendary cover depicts Steve Rogers punching out real-life Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
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Three black teenagers in Bedford-Stuyvesant are shot by police officers in a case of mistaken identity. One of them, Kareem Jenkins, survives and learns a secret: Only black people have superpowers. How does the world react as the truth is exposed? This is Black, a new comic book series about black characters by black creators. The comic, developed by the writer Kwanza Osajyefo and the designer Tim Smith 3 after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, was designed to tell a story that reflected their lives and helped fill a void, they said. While there has been media attention on superheroes who break traditional molds — in recent comic series, Chalice is transgender , Faith is full-figured , the Hulk is Korean-American — the same sense of inclusion has not always been apparent behind the scenes. Black, published by Black Mask Studios , is distinctive for the diversity of its creative staff as well as the power of its covers, which were illustrated by Khary Randolph and strikingly rendered in a palette of black, white and red.
The Avengers. When Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens in theaters next month, a familiar set of iconic colors will be splashed across movie screens world-wide: The gamma ray-induced green of the Hulk, Iron Man's red and gold armor, and Captain America's red , white and blue uniform. How the Avengers look today differs significantly from their appearance in classic comic-book versions, thanks to advancements in technology and a shift to a more cinematic aesthetic. As Marvel's characters started to appear in big-budget superhero films such as "X-Men" in , the darker, muted colors of the movies began to creep into the look of the comics. Explore this shift in color palettes and browse more than 50 years of "Avengers" cover artwork below. Read more about this shift in color.