Now, I confess I don’t know much about how this works. Most of the titles in comic books that I can think of off the top of my head are by writer/artists. Like, Kirby’s Fourth World (and by the way, no disrespect to any artists involved, but for Christ’s sake throw away the dust-jackets for those Omnibus editions!): there Jack goes absolutely over the top, by providing not one but two introductory splashes with narration and titles per issue…and wow, man. He blows my mind, it’s a whole new style, it’s 100% gripping. But look at those titles he draws, in the same style he would later use for Marvel’s Eternals and Captain America…you know the one, it’s that creepy quasi-horror thing. Unfortunately he had less room for narration at Marvel, and of course there was no two-splash approach. I guess it’s tempting to compare what Jack does in, say, The Forever People, to what TV shows do with their pre-credit teasers…but having looked at it carefully with an eye to just this comparison…no, he’s doing something just a bit different, and it’s really rather interesting…
But as I said: writer/artist.
The other example that springs instantly to mind is John Byrne: big, square, solid-coloured BLOCKS of titles, sometimes eating up as much as a third of a page all by themselves. Very dramatic look, lots of “wow”. Say what you will about Byrne (and I do, all the time), but you look at those titles and I believe you can see a thought-process.
And then there’s Eisner, but c’mon. That’s too easy: Eisner’s Eisner for heaven’s sake. Why that’s like saying you can always know a Marshall Rogers book from its titles, it simply goes without saying.
No, what I really want to know from you, Bloggers…is who else designs super-distinctive and dramatic titles on the introductory splash, that I might be forgetting?
And, how’s it done? Is it always the penciller, who does it? Is it (or has it been in the past) sometimes the writer?
I just don’t know.
As Gil Gerard might say: “enlighten me.”