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July 8, 2008

(Greg) Land Ho! Uncanny X-Men #500 Cover Revisited

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 9:22 pm

CBR just put up a (quite sweet-looking) preview of some new Dodson pages from Uncanny 500, and in the process also put up the final Greg Land cover (original here). Besides compressing a lot of the figures to make it fit on two pages (I gues it’s not a gatefold anymore), there was just one thing that had to pointed out and, frankly, publicly approved of:

After and Before

Whoever was responsible: thank you! It’s nice to see Pixie not represented as being midcoitus anymore.


  1. Land’s work was also somewhat surprising on the FCBD X-Men issue, in that it was relatively devoid of his usual swipes (and I guess in that I didn’t hate it like I hate most Land work). Here’s hoping that non O-face Pixie is a sign that he’s stepping up his game for X-Men

    Comment by Nick — July 8, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  2. Still looks nothing like Pixie, but sure why not.

    Comment by RocketPunch — July 8, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  3. This further shows how Land’s artwork is basically the digital version of Colorforms at this point, and how lousy his cover design is if you can just sort of squish a bunch of disconnected photo-referenced figures into a new configuration.

    But yeah, he switched to fashion shoots instead of porno for his teenage girls. That’s progress!

    Comment by Chris Eckert — July 8, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  4. It’s really nice to see that was changed, kudos to Solenna and Hoatzin for their .gif that showcased the swiping on the cover. It’s not perfect, but hey…it’s a start!

    Comment by John McAree — July 9, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  5. Oh, man, am I glad they switched that — not that the new version is anything fantastic, but Land had used that same bit of photo reference for a number of other heroines in different images. I want to say there was an Ultimate Scarlet Witch somewhere, and I think an Invisible Woman (probably Ultimate, but I’m not positive). Somebody online had done a montage of all the times Land had used that face.

    What bothers me about Land’s photo-swiping (and I do not object in general to the use of photo reference) is that it seems so hack at this point, but I used to think he was really good, back in his Sojourn days for CrossGen. I’m not sure what happened, if he just became over-reliant on the photo work because of time constraints or what. But I used to like his stuff, and now I don’t.

    Comment by Allen Holt — July 9, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  6. If you go back and reread Sojourn I bet you’ll find the art isn’t really any better. The first time you see Land’s work it looks fine, but from the second exposure on one begins to notice its deficiencies.

    Comment by Aaron Poehler — July 9, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  7. Aaron, you maybe well be right. I haven’t looked at it in awhile. I know I liked his art at the time, but that doesn’t mean it’s any better than it is now — could be my tastes changing more than his art. Now I’m gonna have to go dig out that Sojourn trade and take a look…

    Comment by Allen Holt — July 9, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  8. Yeah, its kind of nice that Greg has gone from using Jenny McCarthy’s “happy face,” to the less used, but no less special, Jennifer Garner “happy, but not in the same way people might think, happy face.” Perhaps the special Internet “Greg Land Colorform” addition could also include the ultra-rare “Name the Actor’s Face” template. Of course, both of these beat the Rosie O’Donnell “somewhat less-than-happy face.”

    Comment by Shaun Behrens — July 11, 2008 @ 2:45 am

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