Darwyn Cooke on Jonah Hex 50

Darwyn Cooke has posted something on his blog about this week’s release of Jonah Hex #50, published by DC Comics.

Hi folks. Next week the 50th issue of Hex hits the stands and while I rarely jump on the net to promote a single issue comic, this is a very special case and it occurred to me that the background on this book may be of interest.

When Jimmy and Justin tapped me for this one, I got somewhat excited about the possibilities artistically. Working with a full script from those two frees me up to stretch some artistic muscles I mightn’t otherwise. My previous outing on Hex was quite rewarding, but very much within the type of work I’m generally known for; brushwork with an economy of line and dense blacks. I really wanted to switch it up for this one, and see if I could come up with something that looked somewhat more fitting technique-wise.

It was quite a challenge. Working with line only and leaving large areas I’d normally fill with black open for colour was a lot of fun for me. I had to forgo all my usual approaches and come up with solutions that worked for this approach, from the panel design on up.

To read the rest of Darwyn’s update (including some stunning colour design by collaborator Dave Stewart, please visit Darwyn’s blog.

JONAH HEX #50
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, Art and covers by Darwyn Cooke
Darwyn Cooke illustrates a double-sized anniversary issue as we hit #50! Jonah Hex discovers a secret being kept by Tallulah Black that could change everything Hex is about. But happiness has no place in the life of Jonah Hex, so what kind of tragedy awaits our disfigured gunslinger? Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Darwyn Cooke), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Darwyn Cooke).
On sale December 2 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Black and white line art to one of the covers to Jonah Hex 50. Scroll down further to the December 2nd releases list to view the colour version.