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    Character » Spider-Man appears in 16114 issues.

    Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider as a teenager, granting him spider-like powers. After the death of his Uncle Ben, Peter learned that "with great power, comes great responsibility." Swearing to always protect the innocent from harm, Peter Parker became Spider-Man.

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    “What is with this violent perspective? And these hard, harsh lines? Where did you learn to draw like this?”

    Comic books, of course, was the answer, but I wasn’t going to tell her that.

    Those questions were asked of me by my professor when I took a 101 drawing class back in college.  I went in hoping to learn about anatomy and line widths and foreshortening and came out with a lot of time spent staring at hairy, out-of-shape, middle-aged naked men for life-drawing studies.   The conclusion I reached from the experience was that the worlds of comics and fine arts were antithetical, more at odds than even Marvel and DC.  

    But must it be so?

    At G-Man’s suggestion, I got to thinking about a number of comics covers over the years that have paid tributes to works of art.   So here are the first five that popped to my mind… see if you can guess from what each one takes inspiration.

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    EXHIBIT A -- WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #305
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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    EXHIBIT B -- SPIDER-MAN: THE OTHER
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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    EXHIBIT C -- SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN #35
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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    EXHIBIT D -- NEW X-MEN #42
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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    EXHIBIT E -- A promo for SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM
    (with art by today's special podcast guest, Darick Robertson!)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    So put up on your thinking caps and scratch your noggins. See if you can guess what wellsprings of art these cover's flow from.  And when you want answers, reveal the hidden spoilers beneath.
     

    Answers below...
    EXHIBIT A --  A number of Salvador Dali works, including The Persistence of Memory.
    EXHIBIT B -- Leonardo Da Vinci's The Vitruvian Man.
    EXHIBIT C -- Rene Magritte The Son of Man
    EXHIBIT D -- Norman Rockwell's Girl with Black Eye.
    EXHIBIT E -- Michelangelo's mural on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.


    -- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com

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    #1  Edited By Bearded Justice

    Neat.  The only one I didn't know was the X-Men.
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    art imitates art which then regurgitates more art

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    #3  Edited By Tyler Starke
    @Bearded Justice said:
    " Neat.  The only one I didn't know was the X-Men. "
    Same here
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    #5  Edited By DoomDoomDoom
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    Batman on the cover of the first issue resembles M.C. Escher's Rind quite a bit I think.
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    #6  Edited By Nyogtha

    I liked all the covers that Marvel did for the Wolverine Appreciation month.

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    #7  Edited By Riezner
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    @CATMANEXE: damn I can't believe I forgot that one
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    #9  Edited By The Psyentist

    That's awesome.

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    #10  Edited By Marshal Victory

    "Those question were asked of me by my professor when I took a 101 drawing class back in college.  I went in hoping to learn about anatomy and line widths and foreshortening and came out with a lot of time logged staring at hairy, out-of-shape, middle-aged naked men for life-drawing studies. " 
     
    An now you know why i didnt go on to collage with art scholorships an grants.But this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burne_Hogarth can teach even me how to draw the human form better. Including cloth he surely can help any one. 
     
    A former inker of Andy kuberts work turned me on tho these books  .. 
    • Dynamic Anatomy (1958, reprint 2003, ISBN 0823015521)
    • Drawing the Human Head (1965, reprint, 1989, ISBN 0823013766)
    • Dynamic Figure Drawing (1970, reprint, 1996, ISBN 0823015777)
    • Drawing Dynamic Hands (1977, reprint 1988, ISBN 0823013685)
    • Dynamic Light and Shade (1981, reprint 1992, ISBN 0823015815)
    • Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery (1995, ISBN 0823015874)
    • IF you can find them they will help alot.Better than a collage teacher who gives A's for beer each week by far.
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    #11  Edited By Grendel

    One of my favorites (Both the original painting and the cover): 
     
     

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    #12  Edited By MrMiracle77

    How about the JLA/JSA thanksgiving based on the Norman Rockwell?

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    #13  Edited By xerox_kitty

    There is a small (very small) section for fine art tributes in the Homage Covers page.  It could do with some more examples like these to bolster it up a bit more :)

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    #14  Edited By Illyana Rasputin
    @xerox-kitty said:
    " There is a small (very small) section for fine art tributes in the Homage Covers page.  It could do with some more examples like these to bolster it up a bit more :) "
    That's a really great entry, by the way. Very well done.
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    #15  Edited By ClockworkDrago

    like that one avengers issue with hawkeye and scarlet witch based on klimts works

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    #16  Edited By JimmyKudo09

    I especially like the Spiderman/Da Vinci cover.

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    #17  Edited By ArtisticSean

     I have posted several examples of many comics doing this
    here:
     http://forums.superherohype.com/showthread.php?t=237002&highlight=fine
     
    Artists in comics paying homage to an artist's style or work of art, including  MCEscherMichelangelo's PiataNorman Rockwell
     
    check it out.

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    #18  Edited By Lissbirds

    I'm surprised all of DC's references to The Pietá didn't make the list.  (Well, it's sculpture, but still.)  It's been used a LOT.

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