If you are a fan of Italian comic book artist Francesco Francavilla, you probably make sure you’ve kept up with his work on series like DC’s Detective Comics, his creator-owned noir series The Black Beetle, Dynamite’s Zorro, Marvel’s Black Panther, Archie Horror’s Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and loads of other series and comic book covers. In July you’ll even be able to purchase his variant edition of the forthcoming comic Archie Meets Batman ’66. Francavilla burst onto the comics scene a decade ago, and quickly his trademark style–a mix of classic pulp, noir, and retro color combinations and designs–helped earn him the Eisner Award in 2012. But if you’re a completist, get ready to for a brief course change this week.
Here’s something to think about: Not all comic book artists stick exclusively to the comic book medium. Today Francavilla’s artwork is taking on the non-fiction route, as the artist is the featured creator of visuals in today’s issue of The New York Time Magazine. It’s a clever pairing as the magazine’s annual money issue is taking on the mystique of the classic Crime Does Not Pay comic book series of comicdom’s Golden Era, instead of featuring images of the criminals themselves in its pages. Titled “Crime Pays,” today’s issue has plenty of Francavilla’s unique imagery for his fans to soak up. And–what a concept–get caught up on the news at the same time. Here is the new cover image compared to a classic 1940s cover design:
For Francavilla’s comic book fans, he says there’s nothing to worry about. Via Twitter Saturday he responded to one fan, “I’m not leaving comics at all – working on the new @TheBlackBeetle mini right now as matter of fact 🙂 #IheartComics”.
The New York Times Magazine created this video look behind the scenes at Francavilla’s contribution to this issue of the magazine.
And in case you’re wondering, here’s that Francavilla variant cover coming in July:
Check out the “Crime Pays” series articles complete with motion images online here or pick up a copy at newsstands of the current edition of The New York Times Magazine featuring artist Francesco Francavilla, beginning today.