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Warren Ellis and Whitechapel Reimagine The Fantastic Four

by Chris Graves

Warren Ellis has been challenging the members of his Whitechapel community to design posters and covers based on some interesting ideas.  They’ve done posters for an Iron Man movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, and a Spider-Man Movie directed by David Lynch.  Now he’s challenged them to redesign the Fantastic Four.

Here’s his challenge:

You are an artist/designer. You have to put together the cover for a comic called THE FANTASTIC FOUR. It is issue 1 of this book.

You have been told that the comic is about four people who steal a spaceship, fly into space, get heavily irradiated by cosmic rays, and return to earth weirdly altered by their experience.

And that’s it. The bastards haven’t told you one more damn thing than that. Not a clue. They might all be women. It might be about the Indian space programme twenty years from now. For all you know this is a JG Ballard story, for christ’s sake…

It’s up to you what kind of company you’re at. What kind of comics you make. How you translate that description of The Fantastic Four. What era you’re in. Who you are, even. Go nuts with it.

Here’s some more covers:

by Paul Sizer



by Neil Struthers

This is great stuff and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Ellis and Whitechapel.

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