A fantasy for all time…
Some of the most illustrious names in comics were inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, so we’re celebrating the work of an artful quintet of 13th Dimension faves — Bill Sienkiewicz, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jim Aparo, Dave Stevens and Wendy Pini, who was chosen with her writing partner Richard Pini. (Writer/exec Paul Levitz was also among the class and you can check out THE PAUL LEVITZ INTERVIEWS here.)
Over five days, we’re bringing you five 13 COVERS galleries — and now it’s the Pinis’ turn.
ElfQuest is one of those titles that engenders almost cult-like devotion. The Pinis were at the vanguard of what would become the modern independent comics movement, self-publishing through their WaRP Graphics, and interest in ElfQuest endures to this day. Wendy Pini herself inspired a generation of women to become cartoonists and her decades-long relationship with fans at conventions has made her a comics-culture idol.
This 13 COVERS salute centers on the Original Quest and its initial reprinting at Marvel:
BONUS: For Aimee LoSecco’s grand tribute to Wendy Pini’s days on the con circuit as Red Sonja, you gotta click right here. You will not be disappointed!
NEXT: DAVE STEVENS. Click here.
— 13 COVERS: A BILL SIENKIEWICZ Hall of Fame Salute. Click here.
— 13 COVERS: A JIM APARO Hall of Fame Salute. Click here.
Cover images and credits from the fantastical Grand Comics Database.
NOTE: An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016 for Wendy Pini’s birthday.