Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 225

Avenging Spider-Man #22 Cover. 2013.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) with digital color on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.

It's high noon on the rooftops of New York City as the Superior Spider-Man faces off against the Punisher. Avenging Spider-Man #22 is out today! (Preview here.) While I'm proud to say I provided the cover, I just realized what would make it 1000 times better: a tumbleweed of webbing blowing across the background. Why I waited until now to realize that, we shall never know.

 I didn't use much reference for this one besides my rooftops and water towers morgue file. I may have used my Punisher and hands Sculptris maquettes (honestly, I can't remember) but I figured it might be nice to show them either way. Each video is a no frills 20-second turnaround.

inks by my Paw
cyan print of pencils

pencils over digital composite
digital composite

digital layouts

The first 2 ideas were going to be tiny Spidey spotlights doubling as laser sights. It could've worked if I zoomed way in, but we ultimately went with a classic gunfight. This certainly wasn't my first Spidey/Punisher cover, so hopefully I'll get another chance in the future.

a face only a mother could love


  1. I think in more contemporary showdowns in an urban setting you would want to use a newspaper blowing in the wind rather than a tumbleweed. Just a thought.

    1. Mayhaps... but I'd still want to make it out of spider webs.

  2. Oh man Paolo... that fourth one over in the digital layout picture of covers, the Amazing Spider-Man 129 homage.... I so want to see you finish that one. That looks so awesome, would make an awesome poster!!!

    Keep On Thwipin'!!!

    1. Yeah, I'd definitely like to finish that some day. If my editor requests another team-up, I'll be sure to re-submit it.

  3. I personally liked the ASM129 homage the best too. It would've looked interesting to see how Spidey Ock is targeting the Punisher.

    1. Also your 7th cover looks like a poster for a buddy cop movie.

    2. Now that's a buddy cop movie that I'd definitely go see.



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