Thursday, August 19, 2010

Giant-Sized Thor Thursday: Olivier Coipel's Gatefold Variant Wall Poster

You've probably seen these mega giant-sized wall posters that Marvel Comics has been producing over the past couple of years.  Olivier Coipel's Thor poster was one of these grand behemoths, a 10 foot long panorama of all things Asgardian. 

Thor Tales of Asgard 1 2009 full color cover by Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales

The poster originally appeared on the covers to the Tales of Asgard mini-series from 2009.  Here is the finished cover to Tales of Asgard #1, with inks by Mark Morales.  Note that this is classic Thor, in his old Jack Kirby designed costume.

Thor Tales of Asgard 1 2009 cover pencils by Olivier Coipel

Here are Coipel's original pencils to the cover.  I am amazed at the detail and the shading,  You can see Coipel even drew Thor's kneecaps, even though he knew they would be obscured by the boot cuffs after the inking.

tales of asgard 1 cover by *MarkMorales on deviantART

Mark Morales provided the finished inked version on his deviantART site.  Please click on it to see a larger version.  Morales has lots of great artwork and commissions on deviantART to look at.

Thor 604 1a Gatefold variant by Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales

Marvel took all the 6 covers for Tales of Asgard and joined them together as a gatefold variant for Thor #604.  Here's the first half of this cover, the left side.  Balder the Brave is leaping out toward the viewer, and Loki plots his twisted schemes over on the far left.

Thor 604 1b Gatefold variant by Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales

The second half of the Thor #604 variant features the Warriors Three, Hela, Odin, and Sif.  If I had to nitpick, and this would be a small nit, I would have put Sif in an action pose.  And I would have made the Enchantress a bit more glamorous, but it's tough to fit all these characters in even this much space.

Isn't Hela one of the most badass characters that Kirby ever designed?  The costume and headress are something else.  One day we'll have a Hela retrospective.

Thor 604 (2010) (Coipel Gatefold Variant) 2000

Finally, here is the full variant cover to Thor #604, feel free to click on it and get the full sized version from my Flickr site.  Nuff Said!

Link: Thor Omnibus by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel

Link: The Mighty Thor - Volume 1 Omnibus by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Jack Kirby

Link: Mark Morales on deviantART.

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