8 awesome artists reinvent the classic cover to Fantastic Four #1

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

A week or so ago, comics' own Internet messiah, Warren Ellis, challenged his readers to redesign the cover to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's first issue of Fantastic Four, with next to no information to go on. Here are some of the wonderfully unhinged responses.

But first—here's the briefing that writer Warren Ellis gave on his Whitechapel message board. Note the abject lack of specifics:

You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called THE FANTASTIC FOUR. It is issue 1 of this book.

You have been told that the comic is about four people who steal a spaceship, fly into space, get heavily irradiated by cosmic rays, and return to earth weirdly altered by their experience.

And that's it. The bastards haven't told you one more damn thing than that. Not a clue. They might all be women. It might be about the Indian space programme twenty years from now. For all you know this is a JG Ballard story, for christ's sake...

It's up to you what kind of company you're at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of The Fantastic Four. What era you're in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.

Here's the cream of the crop.

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