I was struck with the idea of what the Marvel Universe might have looked like had it only ever have existed in pulp detective, crime and thriller novels - it started with an idea for an ongoing series of The Black Widow adventures, borrowing the cover layout from Mike Shayne detective novels.
I assigned each character to a dream team pulp writer whom I thought matched the essence of the character. Donald Hamilton was best-known for his Matt Helm series of spy novels, which I thought made him an appealing choice for the Natasha Romanova “series”. Leslie Charteris was, of course, creator of the suave and witty Saint series of novels, so I gave him rein over the socialite adventurer Janet van Dyne and her scientist husband (Also, I thought Dashiell Hammett would have been a little on-the-nose), and Hoke Moseley creator Charles Willeford is assigned to craft the seedy, unsentimental world of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.
None of these writers were particularly known for science fiction, which I thought made it more interesting to imagine them writing characters who - if not traditional sci-fi character - at least often set foot in impossible realms. You would have to imagine they’d be stripped down to characters devoid of super-powers and ladled with intrigue.
Death to The Black Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #3, originally written by Roy Thomas. I do not have a source for the cover image. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.
The Sting of the Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #7, written by Roy Thomas. The illustration is by Jack Faragasso, and originally appeared on the cover of “Bait” by George Cassidy and “Cravings” by Jack Woodford. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.
No Place To Hide employs the title from Tales to Astonish #54, written by Stan Lee. The illustration is by Robert McGinnis and originally appeared on the cover of “The Wind-Up Doll” by Carter Brown.
Hero for Hire employs the title of the comic Luke Cage Hero for Hire, written by Archie Goodwin. The illustration is by Stanley Borack and originally appeared on the cover of “Hellbottom” by Eric Corder.
And lastly - big ups to Franklin Gothic, the trashy paperback’s go-to typeface CAN I GET A WHAT WHAAT!
I think DC’s in the red with me right now.
(wait, it’s Barbara Gordon now? Are you fucking kidding me? *throws a DC comic across the room*)
THIS IS SO ACCURATE I STARTED TO CRY.
Will it ever stop being funny that they literally didn’t even try, to the point of thinking of trying and then changing their mind?
Dan Didio just confirmed at the DC Next Wave panel that the rumor that Stephanie Brown will not appear in Smallville is true. Here via Newsarama is his statement in answer to the Batgirl of SDCC, kyrax2
Yes, that is true. “If we’re going to introduce guest characters into the Smallville…
I don’t know what to say.
I already knew DC didn’t want my money. That is why I won’t give it to them.
Seriously. Am I done? I think I’m done.
I’ve seen enough Hentai to know where this is going.
If they didn’t want me to think it, they should have put a lot more space between DOC and OCK.
This makes me want to dig up the Captain America cover where huge rats are gnawing off Cap’s uniform. And just last year there was totally a cover showing him chained to a missile a la Wonder Woman. Comics, this is why I love you.