POP Spec: Artist of the Week- Mike Zeck

This week we will be looking at some of the artwork from one of the greats, Michael J. Zeck, and how some of his books are trending up in the speculation market, based on pop culture announcements.

Mike Zeck has been in the industry since the early 1970’s and has illustrated some of the most iconic moments in comic book history. From his designing of Spider-Man’s black suit in Secret Wars #8, to the sensational work on one of the greatest Spider-Man stories of all time, “Kraven’s Last Hunt". His work has brought to life so many tales that many of us grew up reading and loving.

"Web of Spider-Man #32" was so powerful and iconic, it was made into a diorama statue

There are so many great works that Zeck has done, but we will start with the one that has the greatest speculation on it right now. This would be the 1987 Marvel Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt series.

Sony announced earlier this year that they wanted to produce a Kraven movie, and what better story to go with than one of the most iconic Spider-Man stories of all time. Zeck’s work on this series truly brought it to life, every action, every feeling was perfectly detailed throughout the entire run.

Even the cover that Zeck created for one of the issues for this series has been made into diorama statues. Web of Spider-Man #32, depicts Spider-Man escaping the grave that Kraven had put him in. This would be a good grab if you can find it for a good deal. Ebay has them from $20-40 per issue, this is the price spike from the movie announcement. You should be able to find them cheaper for that if you look around. Even if the movie doesn’t happen, this is a great series to own regardless, a great story with the perfect illustrations to go with it. Highly recommend this series if you have not read it.

"The Punisher #1" (1985)

In 1986, Zeck set the look and feel for the Punisher in the limited series that was written by Steven Grant. The dark and grittiness in Zeck’s design of Frank Castle in this series has set the industry standard for the Punisher, and as we know him today. Zeck’s work in this series is another great demonstration of his amazing ability and talent. You can find some of these issues for reasonable prices out there, #1 of the series will cost you the most, and there are some out there for around $30-40. Zeck has also recently created the 1:100 and 1:500 covers for issues 1 and 2 of the newest Punisher series that came out in August of this year.

"Secret Wars #8" (1984)

We will finish with another iconic Spider-Man moment from 1984, the introduction of Spider-Man’s black suit. In Secret Wars #8, Zeck designed Spider-Man with the infamous black suit for the first time. This suit has become a staple in the Spider-Man Multiverse, spawning a limitless amount of stories, all from this one suit. This issue is the first chronological appearance of Venom. Zeck’s creation of the black suit is just another staple to the legacy of his career. Mike Zeck has illustrated some amazing series over the years, leaving his mark throughout every series he does.

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