Sunday, January 1, 2012

More Animated Comic Covers

I've been incredibly busy over the Holidays, but I did manage to animate a couple of old comic covers.

First up, Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #4, from 1968. Original cover by groovy Jim Steranko. It feels like it should be accompanied by music...


Next, what's more fun than an old Lois Lane cover? Animating an old Lois Lane cover! Here's Lois Lane #29, from 1961. Original cover by Curt Swan/Stan Kaye. (And no, I didn't change any content in the situation.)


(And don't ask me what the situation is. I've never read the book!)

24 comments:

Richard Bensam said...

That Nick Fury animation seems like it shouldn't even be possible for an animated gif.

However, it's the Lois cover that's a real artistic triumph. Sheer perfection. Please feel free to read up on the story behind the original cover here.

Kerry Callen said...

Ha! Great! Thanks, Richard!

rob! said...

Hey Kerry--Can I use that Lois Lane cover for my Aquaman Shrine blog? It's awesome!

Jim Kakalios said...

I just posted a link to the site on Google+. Superb job!

Kerry Callen said...

Rob! Sure, go ahead. I just read the summary to that issue on your site!

Ben Browne said...

Great stuff Kerry! Love Batman's tapping foot in the bottom one! Keep up the good work!

BelGarion said...

These covers are brilliant!

Philip A. Buck said...

Ditto, Brilliant!

She-Thing said...

Just----genius. Bats tapping his foot.... this deserves a medal.

baab said...

I love your stuff Kerry,It inspired me to do my own,I hope you dont mind me linking to you on my blogspot.
http://bahboy.blogspot.com/?zx=e9bbf45926569048

Ive done a couple of up to date covers,nothing as inspiring as your classic covers though.

I may need to do one that ups the ante!
Though I do have a little doubt in that area.
Onwards and upwards.

baab said...

oops,I meant to also post a link to my deviantart page which hosts swf very well.

http://troydonkey.deviantart.com/#

Kerry Callen said...

Cool! I think Spider-Man's my favorite. I'm guessing you're using Flash. I use Photoshop.

If anyone has created Animated Covers, feel free to mention it in these comments. If the content is too tacky, I'll delete it, but otherwise it would be fun for others to see.

Anonymous said...

I actually have that Lois Lane issue in my collection.the story was that Superman was being held captive by an alien race with Green Kryptonite.She was going around giving the other heroes portions of a Red Kryptonite rock ( it made him immune to Green K )because the aliens were watching the other heroes to make sure no one could save him.

baab said...

yes ,thanks for looking.
I use flash and then have to figure out how to export it as a gif or a swf.
I have gimp now and I have discovered just how many images i truly need.
So from Flash I go from about six hundred images to about forty in gimp....backwards way to do it,I know that now.
Thanks for the comment and thanks again for the inspiration....I would not have done this unless I saw your work.
I will also have a look at using photoshop for gifs.

cromac said...

Very cool. I ask me how it looks if you take the single frames for a lenticular print?! I saw printable plastic films for normal home printers for this. But i have no experience in this method.

Ammon said...

Silver Age Green Arrow getting a bit handsy there! These are great, thanks for sharing.

Michael Branson Smith said...

Love your animated covers, particularly the shakes GIF - only three frames to create such a great animation.

A group of digital storytellers have made an animated GIF assignment for students based on this idea. I made my first one of the Geof Darrow's cover for Hard Boiled #3.

http://www.michaelbransonsmith.net/blog/2011/12/31/hard-boiled-3-animated-comic-cover/

paul said...

These are so inspiring, I had to try one of my own: http://blog.raptnrent.me/?p=12
Love the Steranko.

Kerry Callen said...

Michael-- Nice!!! Thanks for commenting. It's fun to see. Unfortunately I haven't updated Photoshop, so no Puppet Tool for me, sadly. You made great use of it.

Paul-- Great cover choice. Fun!

Tom Peyer said...

Magnificent.

RJDiogenes said...

Wonderful, as before. The Lois cover rocks. :D

Roger Kent said...

Your Nick Fury cover is my favorite. Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" would go well with that image, or some other kind of 1960's jazz music.

Steve Brown said...

These animated covers of yours are the greatest thing ever!!! I set them as my wallpaper on my android phone, and love them. I hope you make more. Please tell me you're gonna make more! Lol.

Rek2008 said...

How do you DO this???