Saturday, January 3, 2015

John Romita Spider-Man Artifact Edition

 Regular Edition Cover

 Variant Edition Cover

 Title Page

 Credits/Indicia Spread

About This Edition and Table of Contents

This is the third book of John Romita's Spider-Man, I've had the opportunity to design. With the first two, I chose to design the books, as if they were designed when the stories originally came out. A nod to nostalgia or retro design. I was careful to use design elements and fonts that would accurately reflect that era. I'm not sure anyone noticed, but it was important to me. The third time around, I wanted to freshen things up a bit, I don't like to repeat myself. This ended up being much more contemporary. I stuck with the red and blue color theme (to match Spidey's costume), but I dirtied the colors up a bit. I used large images of Spider-Man and bled them off the page, to give the illusion of movement. I used the background color to create the outline shape of Spider-Man. This was to give the impression that he blends in with his environment. Diagonal lines throughout pages also re-enforce the action or movement of the character. It's not always easy to continue to create design styles that haven't previously been used, but to me, that is the problem solving that gives me the most satisfaction. I hope you appreciate and enjoy the results as much as I do!


  1. Great work. Really wets the appetite. Can't wait to see what you do with Kamandi.

    1. Thanks Rob! I'm very happy with the way Kamandi is turning out, I hope you will be pleased. It's always fun to try and find a "trigger point" or something that will inspire the creative process.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Dominic, I appreciate your encouragement!

  3. Love the Spider-Man/Romita design! Great look for a great comic book. Romita is my favorite Spider artist.
    If possible, please contact me if you can help me to aproach Flesk Publications Publisher or someone who can help me in negotiating publishing rights for the Al Williamson Flash Gordon Movie comic adaptation. It's for a Croatian comics magazine. Hope I'm not too much of a bother. My contact is

  4. Thank you Tihomir Tikulin - Tico, for your comments, I appreciate them! Check Flesk Publications website, for contact information.