Mark Todd’s New Works at Luz de Jesus will probably go down in history as one of my favorite shows of all time. As always, his work is full of surprises, wonderfully fun, and attentive to detail. But seeing a favorite artist’s interpretation of a favorite subject matter is a rare dream come true. While I attempted to put my appreciation into words, Coober Skeber came up.
Coober Skeber was a indie comics anthology published by Highwater Books. Marvel comics declared bankruptcy in the nineties. In response, the second issue of Coober Skeber was jokingly titled, “The Marvel Benefit Issue.” It gave all of its artists a stab at their favorite Marvel superheroes. Obscure characters were preferred. (Moon-Boy got a job and Man-Thing battled Galactus.) But Seth tackled the X-Men on the cover. Ron Rege drew Peter Parker‘s first encounter with the Fantastic Four. James Kochalka’s story about the Hulk fighting the rain still makes me laugh out loud (and was later included, surprisingly, in an official Marvel comic). Of course, Coober Skeber was a blatant copyright infringement. Marvel issued a cease and desist order… which turned the anthology into a legendary collector’s item.
Thanks to the internet, it is not out of reach. Wired wrote an article about it. Hand-Drawn Corpses attempted to collect the work online. Word is that Marvel may even take a hint and publish its own collection of superhero comics by indie artists.
In YOUR dream come true, which Marvel superheroes would you like to see drawn by which artists?