The Poorest Attempt To Remove An Artist Signature From A Marvel Cover

Comic book creator Joe Quinones posted on Twitter a look at the poster that Marvel Comics made from his cover to America #1 starring America Chavez. "Oh cool they made a poster of my cove— WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SIGNATURE, MARVEL???"

America Chavez from Marvel Comics

This is the poster with Miss America Chavez from the launch cover of the Marvel series by Joe Quinones.

America Chavez from Marvel Comics

This is that original Marvel cover, with Joe Quinones' signature. Let's zoom in…

The Poorest Attempt To Remove An Artist Signature From A Marvel Cover

This is a closer up look at the signature on the Marvel original.

The Poorest Attempt To Remove An Artist Signature From A Marvel Cover

And this is a closer-up look at is where the signature was on the Marvel poster before it was clumsily half-scrubbed out. It's one thing to remove a signature, happens all the time. Most artists sigh to themselves, but accept it as that's just what publishers and licensors do. But it's another thing to only half-manage it and show your error. It just demonstrated the half-hearted contempt. Other comics folk had their own experiences and observations to share.

  • Francesco Francavilla: Yeah it's a thing- I found a T-shirt with my Shang-Chi cover and signature was gone
  • Jerry Ordway: They made big hardboard signs of my Adventures of Superman#424 cover , as well as school notebooks with the image, and of course scrubbed my signature. They do that:(
  • Andy Khouri: I can't decide what's worse; literally erasing the credit or erasing it so badly
  • Cheryl Lynn Eaton: Artists should make their signatures the art itself. Stick it on a billboard in the background. Make it the label on a character's jacket. The name of an airline. So obvious that should the company remove it, it would actually make the art look unfinished.
  • Bruno Redondo: This is absolutely not cool, anti-cool.
  • Joe Glass: This, btw, is the endgame of viewing all creative work as just "product" in a customer service-based economy structure The hands that make it are made invisible, and forgotten about
  • Missy Pena: Same thing happened to all my Steven Universe covers that got turned into merch, tho not quite this badly.

The moral of this lesson, Marvel, is when removing signatures, do it properly, okay? Don't make it look obvious…

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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