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COMMENTS: Joe Quesada pencils/Jimmy Palmiotti inks; pin-up; 1993; image size 10" x 14"
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Joe Quesada pencils/Jimmy Palmiotti inks; pin-up; 1993; image size 10" x 14"

This piece features an iconic X-O image, the sister illustration to Joe Quesada's X-O #0 cover, showing the character's evolved armor. This image was used in a truly astonishing number of places, including, but not limited to, the X-O Sourcebook, the Valiant Reader, Secrets of the Valiant Universe, X-O #1/2, it was also featured on convention banners, business cards, company letterhead, and was also employed as advertising flats for Valiant and placed in the X-O Manowar half issue regarding artist techniques and the printing processes. The phenomenal amount of detail that Jimmy Palmiotti added to this image is truly remarkable. If you look closely he places many roads into infinity throughout the X-O body, and the stars and cosmos that are reflected in X-O's armor are so finely detailed and appropriate for this character considering the armor is from alien origins, and many X-O stories take place in space and pocket universes. A true piece of Valiant History. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Quesada and Palmiotti.

A production photocopy of the pencils is also included and is shown in the second image alongside some examples of places the final image was used, and one that prints the pencils as well (only the photocopy of the pencils is included).

Artist Information

Joseph Quesada is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and television producer. He became known in the 1990s for his work on various Valiant Comics books, such as X-O Manowar, Ninjak and Solar, Man of the Atom. He later worked on numerous books for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, such as Batman: Sword of Azrael and X-Factor, before forming his own company, Event Comics, where he published his creator-owned character, Ash. In 1998 he became an editor of Marvel Comics' Marvel Knights line, before becoming editor-in-chief of the company in 2000. He was named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment in 2010 and left his editor-in-chief role in January 2011, being replaced by Axel Alonso. His position was re-titled as executive vice president and creative director in October 2019.