Artist August: Francis Manapul [Art Feature]

By | August 25th, 2014
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Francis Manapul first came to my attention as the artist on “Adventure Comics,” doing some of the best Superboy work of all time, especially the parts that dealt with Krypto (I am a well documented dog person). Over the years, both going back to his past work, but especially his work on “The Flash” that would follow, Manapul has grown into one of the most inventive artists today, especially in the way he lays out his pages. We’ve done an art feature on him before, as well as showcased some of his uncolored work, which is a must read. His process involves brushes, pens, and watercolors, before passing the pages off to a colorist, usually his writing partner/colorist Brian Buccellato.

With this feature, I’ve tried to focus on things that weren’t as spotlighted in our previous looks at his work, so I wanted to focus a lot on his convention sketches, which sometimes are watercolored and sometimes not, but always have a vivacity and creativity rarely seen in (relatively) quick sketches. I also picked out some covers and a few interior pages, because I just couldn’t resist.

One of Manapul’s inventive layouts from “The Flash.”

The cover to “Superman/Batman” #61.

Batman sketch.

Captain America sketch.

Psylocke sketch.

A tribute sketch to the late Mike Wieringo.

The cover to “Legion of Super-Heroes” #50.

Hellboy sketch.

An uncolored page from “The Flash” #23.

Iron Man sketch.

The connected covers to “G.I. Joe Declassified.”

Krpyto and Spider-Man sketch.

Kid Flash and friends sketch.

Spider-Man sketch.

An uncolored splash page from “Superman/Batman” #60.

A process piece, showcasing a title page from “The Flash,” from Comics Alliance.

Krypto sketch.

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Brian Salvatore

Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his kids, or playing music with his kids. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).


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