Fantastic Four #51-54 March-June 2002, covers by Mike Wieringo
JLA Jr. by Mike Wieringo
Image comics for March 2012: this is the cover for Tellos Colossal Vol. 2 HC, drawn by the late great Mike Wieringo. Any excuse for an image by Ringo.
I don’t know what this is for, but a Spider-man 2099 visual by the late, great Mike Wieringo deserves to be posted [via ComicsAlliance Best Art Ever (This Week)].
Ringo Art week finishes with the cover to the Tellos Collosal Hardcover. This creator-owned series from Mike Wieringo and Todd Dezago was an absolute delight and is a wonderful part of his legacy.
Ringo art: Mike Wieringo did lots of sketches of a wide variety of different characters, which he published on his blog. This is a sketch of Power Pack, and it makes me wish that he was still alive (as I always think when I see his art) so that we could have seen a Power Pack mini-series drawn by Ringo, because it would have been great.
Ringo Art week: this is the cover to Spider-man/Fantastic Four #1, written by Jeff Parker and interior art by Ringo as well.
Continuing a week of Ringo Art: this is the cover to Adventures of Superman #592, making Kal-El look pretty special.
Because I haven’t posted enough wonderful art from the late, great Mike Wieringo, I thought I’d do a week of Ringo Art. This is the cover to Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer (for which he also provided interior art).
Comic book collection continues: F is The Flash, and another Mark Waid/Mike Wieringo collaboration (although there were several different artists on this run, Ringo is the artist I immediately associate with the run). Waid, and later with former editor Brian Augustyn, took one of the mainstays of the DC superhero universe and made it a personal story; this is the real magic that Waid brought to the book. He imbued Wally West with a lot of himself and thus made the character connect. As well as great stories and using the Flash intelligently (a man who can run that fast has to have legitimate threat), and using the legacy of the speedsters (and creating the Speed Force), he turned it almost autobiographical and turned himself into a named writer over the course of this eight-year run. The cover is for the Born To Run trade collection, drawn by Ringo.
The third run of Fantastic Four in my comic collection is itself split into two, albeit temporarily. When Mark Waid and sorely missed Mike Wieringo took over, starting with the infamous 9-cent issue, they got it right straight away. However, executives wanted to change things (perhaps because of the movie that was being made) and Waid and Ringo were replaced for having artistic integrity. Fortunately, the fan reaction was so overwhelming that they were back on the book within in a short time, and a great run was allowed to be finished. Waid had a great handle on the team while Ringo was a perfect artist for the job, mixing his cartoony superheroics and ability to capture the imagination of the group. The cover is for issue 72 (volume 3) or 509 (using the old numbering), whichever you prefer.