I'm excited for it.
Way back in the mid 2000s I was collecting comic books more than anything relating to sports. I became friends with the artists and writers as I began to take the convention circuit with many of them from New York to Philadelphia to Orlando (MegaCon) to Chicago. I never made it out to San Diego and got out of the comic book scene around 2009 (basically when Marvel was beginning their cinematic universe). I wrote about the origin story of how I became CollectingCutch here and I discussed my love of comic books several times over the duration of this blog. There are several comic book characters that I have always enjoyed, but Gambit, The Flash, and Daredevil will always be my top favorites.
I had long boxes filled with near complete runs of all those characters, but sold everything about 10 years ago.
The joy of original comic art is still a collecting itch I get from time to time, but I haven't done a whole lot about scratching it other than an occasional sketch card of Andrew McCutchen here and there.
The comic book style has never been married to my sports card collection until now.
When it comes to iconic comic book covers there are a few that stand out above the rest. I think of many silver age comic covers and a few bronze age covers when I think of all time greatest covers.
One of the most iconic is Amazing Spider-Man #50 by the great John Romita Sr.
You may be familar with Kingpin from the Netflix series, Daredevil. He was played by Vincent D'Onforio
Kingpin was also played by Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003 Daredevil film starring Ben Affleck.
Despite Kingpin being my favorite villain in comic books, he actually doesn't appear on the cover of his first appearance. That doesn't stop this comic from being one of my favorite comics I ever owned in my collection and I think it is the cover art that I always enjoyed about this historic comic issue.
So a few months ago, I got a crazy idea to merge my 2 favorite hobbies into some new wall art. I looked over some of my favorite comic book covers to figure out how to do it and who I might be able to make it a reality. I noticed that one of the artists that drew a single issue of Gambit from his first ongoing series was taking commissions via eBay. He is more well known for his work on Spider-Man, then it hit me. Amazing Spider-Man #50, the first issue to feature my favorite villain and one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told. Perfect!!!
I contacted Joe St Pierre to do a comic cover homage, but make it Andrew McCutchen centralized.
I knew there would have to be homages made to the original Amazing Spider-Man #50 so here are some things that I requested
First and foremost I wanted the title to say Andrew McCutchen instead of The Amazing Spider-Man
You may also notice that I had the Spidey image in the box corner art to be modified to the Uncle Larry persona that Cutch created last year, made famous on his Series 2 short print swagger card.
Speaking of box corner art, here's a look at some other changes I requested
Now for the main image of Spider-Man I wanted a fully dreaded version of Cutch in his Pirates black alternate jersey turning his head similar to the way Spidey is turning.
In the foreground of the comic is a very somber Peter Parker walking head down towards the reader. I wanted a different look for Cutch to represent the Peter Parker side of him.
here is the video. What an epic at bat!!!!
So I think I've hinted around the final drawing enough.
Above is the result of a truly talented artist taking my love of comic books and baseball and perfectly blending them together.
Joe sent me pictures along the way and even made a revision after seeing the initial black and white image he sent. I thought it would be cooler to get Cutch in a Giants uniform instead of Phillies uniform so Joe was gracious enough to do it for me.
How fricking awesome is that?
This has definitely made a new thing for me to collect.
Here are some other covers I am thinking about turning into Cutch themed covers
We'll have to see if I progress forward with any of these ideas or if they just stay buried in my head.
What do you think of my first Andrew McCutchen comic cover homage?
Should I proceed with another and if so what cover would you suggest? Are there any comic book covers you can think of as being iconic that might lend themselves to getting a baseball update?
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