Original and rare issue of #12 of Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis and John J. Muth, published by Epic Comics (part of Marvel) in 1987.
DeMatteis and illustrator Jon J. Muth created the graphic novel Moonshadow, for Marvel’s Epic line. Moonshadow is famous for being the first fully painted comic series, by the artist Jon. J. Muth. Written by J. M. De Matteis. Described as a fairy tale for grown-ups. This particular issue is also well-known amongst fans of Japan and David Sylvian, as Muth used images of Sylvian for the basis of the main character in this issue. There are numerous images used, taken from record covers and photos from the Sons of Pioneers book by Fin Costello.
Later reprint 1995 edition published by DC/Vertigo had many of these Sylvian images replaced by demand of Fin Costello and Opium (Arts) Ltd. representing Yuka Fujii.
From fanzine Bamboo a small interview with illustrator Jon J. Muth:
“The decision to use David Sylvian as reference was a purely visual one. The pictures (taken from Fin Costello’s “Sons of Pioneers”) represented what I felt was a powerful visual starting point for the emotions the story projected. It’s precisely because he is not well known here (the comic is by New York based Marvel Group) that I felt I could use these images without disturbing the fictional dream.
At the same time, I am a fan of David Sylvian’s music and if this leads a few more people to find out more about his work I am happy to have done that. He is brilliant.”
Lets compare the originals with the editions…
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