DC Sketch Cover Madness: Action Comics No. 18, by Grant Morrison

I didn't even know this was coming out.

I didn’t even know this was coming out.

It would be cool enough to have an issue of Action Comics…the longest running comic in the industry, in which Superman made his first appearance in 1938…it would be cool enough to have my drawing on the cover of Action Comics.

Add to that mix the fact that the interior story is by Grant Morrison, probably my favorite modern comics writer. Just mix that in.

For a few days, I didn’t know what to draw at all.

I considered going back into history, and referencing a famous Superman or Action Comics cover. That didn’t wash out as well as I would have liked. I realized, midway through the week, that it was Mr. Morrison’s last issue of Action, and that cemented it for me. I decided to reference the cover that Rags Morales drew, mostly out of respect for my favorite writer. Uber geek move.

It was beyond fun to do. Which, as I drew it, I realized is why I like Grant Morrison. He hasn’t forgotten that my comics are supposed to be fun. You can still blow my mind, and have serious and interesting topics, but at the heart, I don’t read comics to be depressed, or to feel that there is no hope in th world. As I referenced the weird cover that Morales put on his work, I realized that even though this isn’t my favorite work by Grant, it was still really solid, and he never lost sight of that central element of fun.

On some level, this is submitted as a thank you to Mr. Morrison, for the hours of enjoyment, the long discussions, and the outright creativity that he has brought into my life. I get the feeling comics creators don’t hear that from their fans much, and they should.

Thanks, Grant.

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