By xerox_kitty 3 Comments
I debated with myself whether to post this, but given that it's all in the spirit of raising money for a good cause then I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a little more exposure.
The Hero Initiative has nothing to do with the Initiative that was introduced after Marvel's Civil War. It is a charitable organisation that raises money for comic book creators, who have to work in a financially unstable market. Their work provides a 'safety net for comic creators who may ened emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work'.
Marvel has kindly given the Hero Initiative 100 copies of Wolverine Weapon X #1 with a pure white cover. Those comic-sized blank canvases were then passed to various comic book artists with one instruction: to produce a new & unique image of Wolverine. They were allowed to draw what they want, in whatever medium they wanted, which has resulted in a few cameos including X-Force, the X-Men, Spider-Man and quite a lot of the Hulk too. Those 100 comic books were then collected, and will be sold at auction for charity.
To drum up interest in this project, the Hero Intiative & Marvel distributed an equal amount of different scanned covers to various comic book websites (why ComicVine wasn't on that list, I'll never know). So I felt reticent about showing off the covers that were given to those other websites. I just hope that in the interest of raising more awareness and interest for the Hero Initative's Wolverine Weapon X #1 project, that they wont object to them being shown in ComicVine's handy smaller tabular presentation format.
So can we, the fans, help??
The original drawn on comics will be sold on the Hero Initiative's shop on eBay at the end of this month. If your pockets aren't deep enough (or you've already maxed out your credit card), then don't worry! There is a more humble collection of those covers that will be on sale for a more wallet-friend price, and will of course help raise more funds for the Hero Intiative.
Here are just a couple of visual appetisers to wet your wallet's taste-buds. You can find more in Wolverine's Gallery (or in each artists' galleries).