Shark Art in Comics
by Brant W. Fowler
Seeing as how this is the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week, I have been keeping my eyes peeled for anything shark related in the world of comics. In doing so, a piece of art caught my eye this week, so I decided that it would be kind of cool to share some other shark art in comics as one of these articles. The piece that caught my eye was the cover to Aquaman #14 in yesterday's DC Comics November 2012 Solicitations, which features the Ocean Master and, yep, you guessed it, a bunch of sharks!
That's a pretty menacing dude if you ask me. I don't know anything about him really, but if I saw this guy coming at me with a swarm of sharks, I think I'd be pretty terrified, or at least a bit intimidated if I were a guy like Aquaman.
That said, the King of Atlantis is no slouch either, at least in the New 52 version. Check out this ultra cool scene from Justice League #4:
And a few more Aquaman images that are equally cool:
And just because we are talking Shark Week, I have to include these next two pieces. This is the cover and a couple of iinterior pages from the Discovery Channel's and Zenescope Entertainment's Free Comic Book Day offering in 2010, a graphic novel called Top 10 Deadliest Sharks:
Next up is a brand new book we already previewed here on Comic Related from Oni Press. The book is called Xoc: The Journey of a Great White and it's pretty self-explanatory what it's about from the title. It hit stores on July 25th, so go check it out:
For a bit of unconventional art, this is another recent comic from Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard:
This next piece, I believe, is from Detective Comics Annual #7 published in 1994. We're seeing an alternate reality pirate version of Batman fending off a hungry shark:
I don't think any version of Batman likes sharks very much. The TV show Shark Repellant spray aside, Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams even had Bats try to tame a Great White in Batman #251:
But Batman isn't the only one who encounters sharks in his many battles. In Captain America #360, Cap had to fight off several at once!
This next one isn't from an actual comic (to my knowledge), but it's a very cool piece of fan art by Dean Kotz of Deadpool battling a zombie shark!
Speaking of zombie sharks, how about this scene from Brightest Day?
In homage to the classic JAWS poster, this variant cover of Heroes for Hire #5 sees Thor diving down through the sky towards an upward springing Jaws:
Namor looks pretty cozy with the majestic beasts as well in these pieces by Mel Uran and Abel Cicero respectively:
And check out this gruesome attack in Hitman #14 by Garth Ennis and John McCrea:
And this wicked attack by artist and teacher Robin Thompson:
Another Deadpool scene swimming with sharks:
And finally, I couldn't resist the opportunity to add a piece of my own. This is a shark drawing I did a couple of years ago, inks by Chris Hoskins:
This barely breaks the surface (yep, more puns) of the many drawings of sharks in comics. If there are significant pieces that spring to mind for you, or some you've done yourself, share them with us, we'd love to see them!
Brant W. Fowler / Writer, Letterer, Reviewer, Columnist, Podcaster, Co-Owner/COO/Site Manager of Comic Related
Brant W. Fowler has been a professional comic book writer, editor, flatter, letterer and logo designer for several years, and has been a freelance editor for the past five years or so. He is one of the cast members and host of the Zone 4 podcast here at Comic Related, and he letters some of the webcomics on the site. You can see samples of his works and how to hire him at Gonzogoose Design and Just-Flats.net. And catch up with him on his forums right here at CR. Brant is also a member of the core operations team at Comic Related.
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