Saturday, January 28, 2012

2010-2011 The Justice League of America 100 Project charity art by Tom Mandrake

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Tom Mandrake is still the only ever ongoing artist on the only ever ongoing Martian Manhunter series, and it seems like he never got sick of drawing Darkseid, either. He's also arguably the best (and certainly the most devoted) Spectre artist, another understandable inclusion. To better cover the JLA base, and because he's likely a big fan with brief brushes of work in the past, there's also the Batman.

By the way, evoking the Ostrander/Mandrake era, Scott Kolins may have offered Darkseid as an official Martian Manhunter villainous parallel to the JLA, alongside Lex Luthor, the Joker, Cheetah, Captain Cold, Sinestro, and Ocean Master. Alternately/more likely, he also just felt like throwing in a portrait of the Lord of Apokolips on the back cover.

JLA 100 Project

In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.


Please enjoy this gallery of ALL 104 original Justice League of America #50 Hero Initiative covers!

Hardcover and softcover versions of a book collecting all the covers will be available in December, 2011. AND all the originals will be auctioned off according to the following schedule:

• December 3, 2011, Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA: Display of all 104 covers and auction of first one-third
• Jan. 20-22, 2012, Tate's Comics, Lauderhill, FL (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area): Display of remaining covers and auction of second one-third.
• Feb. 17-19, 2012: Orlando MegaCon, Orlando, FL: Display and auction of final one-third.

All covers will be sold via LIVE AUCTION on-site at the venues above. If you cannot attend but wish to bid, proxy bidding is available.
Contact Joe Davidson at:
Deadlines for each grouping are below, and each cover carries a minimum bid of $100.

Special thanks to Firestorm Fan for the notice!

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