Sunday, March 30, 2008

How do you illustrate silence?

In December 2001, Marvel experimented with the "'Nuff Said" event, in which comic books featured little to no dialogue. The results received some criticism, although I enjoyed Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's New X-Men #121, which revealed the origin of Professor X's sister. So, how did the cover artists try to get the silent concept across?

Well, some went the obvious route:







Some tried something a little more subtle:



Some illustrated the exact opposite:



And some pretended it wasn't happening:



But the cover of Peter Parker: Spiderman # 38 was definitely my favorite:



Covers found here, here, and here.