Mining Epic


I have a soft spot in my heart for Epic Illustrated. It was an adventurous mag, a no apologies imitation of Heavy Metal published by Marvel’s Epic Comics starting in 1980. Ran thirty-four issues, the last of which hit the stands and comics shops at the dawn of 1986.

Actually had an impressive line-up of artists contributing. Fine stylings from John Bolton, Joe Jusko, Steve Bissette. P. Craig Russell and Charles Vess. They let Rick Veitch do some insanely hallucinatory stuff. Just go completely wild. And who knew Jim Starlin could paint like that? Brilliant looking shit.

So here’s some few I’ve culled from my recent readings. It’s stuff too good to not see the light of day for so long.

As, such. Click on pics for full size.

joe jusko

Joe Jusko from a story called “Because It’s There”. Written by Ralph Macchio, published April, 1981.
jim starlin

Jim Starlin, Metamorphosis Odyssey: Absolution, June 1981.
rick vietch

Rick Fuckin’ Veitch.


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2 Responses to “Mining Epic”

  1. Joe Jusko Says:

    WOW! I was all of 18 or 19 when I painted that. Brings back memories!!!

  2. Ken Socrates Says:

    It’s beautiful stuff, Joe. Lot of skill there at a young age. There’s another great panel in that story where the female character leaps right off the page at the reader. Great expression.

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