Comic Artist Evolution

A year-by-year retrospective of some of the greatest comic book artists to put pencil to paper. Now featuring: Stuart Immonen. Previously featured: Arthur Adams, John Romita Jr.

…We interrupt this Tumblr to bring you some silliness…

#mcconnelling to “Ch-Check It Out” by the Beastie Boys

First time messing around with iMovie, but I think it turned out not half bad for a noob.

Again, thank you.

I’m grateful and amazed by the outpouring of support and kind words by everyone who has liked, reblogged, followed, and otherwise made contact. It makes all the work absolutely worthwhile.

But for now, the blog will be back on hiatus while I figure out who will be next, dig into some research, and track down back issues. I hope you all will be back for the next chapter.

— Brad

Stuart Immonen Wrap-Up: There is nothing Stuart Immonen cannot draw.

And we have reached the end of another chapter. The original intent of these wrap-ups was to pair a sample from the beginning of an artist’s career with a modern example. In Immonen’s case, this was wholly insufficient to do his amazingly multifaceted talent justice.

If you think any of your Tumblrfolk may not be aware of the amazing breadth of Immonen’s talent, this is the post to share with the world.


From the Archives: Ultimate Spider-Man process.

When I see the amount of work that goes into a single panel of artwork, $3.99 feels like a bargain…


Russian Olive to Red King pp 42-44

Stuart Immonen 20somethingish: Russian Olive to Red King

Kathryn described the book to website Avoid the Future:

It’s two parallel narratives detailing the final days of a relationship. Red King is the man left at home struggling unsuccessfully with an overdue deadline and the unexplained disappearance of his partner, Russian Olive, who may or may not have survived a plane crash in the northern bush.  It’s also got petroglyphs and Chekhov. Sounds like a scorcher, right?

Team Immonen posted these finished pages to Russian Olive to Red King almost a year ago and were cutting and pasting some scenes just a few weeks ago.

The few pages the Immonens have shared have me intrigued and I can’t wait to read it whenever they share it with the world!

Stuart Immonen 2014: All-New X-Men #22 (Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger / Color: Marte Gracia)
What a bunch of a-holes.

Stuart Immonen 2014: All-New X-Men #22 (Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger / Color: Marte Gracia)

As my blog catches up to the current day, I’m faced with reblogging images that have recently made the rounds to much fanfare. Normally I’d take a pass on these except for the fact that these pages are so humorously expressive. I simply can’t not post them.

Stuart Immonen 2014: All-New X-Men #18 (Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger / Color: Marte Gracia) + costume designs

When the original five joined up with Cyclops’ crew in the aftermath of Battle of the Atom, the new chapter of their story was punctuated with new costumes designed by Immonen. As related in this Newsarama article by Chris Arrant, it appears that Marvel largely left Immonen to his own devices and relied on him to deliver something great.

The designs are some of the most contemporary in comics today and balance team cohesiveness with with individual customization. While they appear to abandon the traditional themes these characters have traditionally worn, it’s interesting to note that they hew fairly closely to the color schemes their older counterparts wore as the original incarnation of X-Factor.

X-Factor costumes

Stuart Immonen 2013: All-New X-Men #14 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors Marte Gracia)
Maybe it’s because I’m such a sucker for Art Nouveau, but this cover is So. Damn. Gorgeous! I could look at it for hours. 

Stuart Immonen 2013: All-New X-Men #12 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors: Rain Beredo)

This quiet touching moment between brothers is rendered all the more potent by the Immonen’s use of high-contrast light and shadow.

Stuart Immonen 2012: AvX Infinite #1 (Colors: Marta Gracia)
[Take 2]
The interactive nature of Infinite comics really play to Immonen’s strengths with dynamism. This GIF simulates the reveal the reader gets as she swipes forward to advance the story; revealing the moment an exhausted and out-of-control Sam Alexander plummets down after barreling across the universe to warn Earth about the Phoenix Force.


Live the blog but this art is actually by Joe Quesada and Richard Isanove (I think Joe digitally inked it himself, but it may have been Danny Miki). Stuart drew the story, but Joe did this “cover” sequence.

The only thing worse than making a mistake is not admitting when you made a mistake.

Many thanks to eagle-eyed follower commanderriffraff for setting the record straight on the error I made attributing art by Joe Quesada, et al to Stuart Immonen.

Stuart Immonen 2013: All-New X-Men #12 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors: Rain Beredo)
…and Stuart again finds himself drawing Fin Fang Foom attacking a city! Seriously, if Lady Mastermind’s only role in comics is conjuring my favorite moments from Marvel history, she will surpass Deadpool as my favorite metatexutal character. Yes, please, and thank you!
Stuart Immonen 2013: All-New X-Men #9 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors: Marte Gracia & Rain Beredo)
After being broken out of prison by Mystique, “Lady” Mastermind conjures up an illusion to make the Raft guards pee their pants, giving Immonen the opportunity to draw this fun Marvel Zombies homage.
Stuart Immonen 2013: All-New X-Men #9 (Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger / Colors: Marte Gracia & Rain Beredo)
This is such a well-designed panel and really demonstrates the power of scale: a squadron of building-sized Sentinels converging on our heroes, all but invisible but still the focus with the arrows of the Times Square streets and buildings and… hey, is that the Tri-Sentinel!?