Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. Drawing by Adam Kubert for Marvel Comics.
Anatomy of a Comic Book Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #305
The process of making a comic book involves many steps. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #305 begins with a script, written by Chip Zdarsky. The script is delivered to the issue’s artist, Adam Kubert, who processes the script, and imagines how to transform words on a page into the visual language of comics. He begins with thumbnail sketches, in which he lays out each page and constructs the panels that will contain action, dialogue, and emotion. From there, Kubert enlarges the scale and uses pencil to sketch each page on Bristol board. Using those as guides, he then pencils everything again, and inks on top of those pencils. The ink creates the solid lines that will define and give shape to the comic’s printed pages. Once Adam Kubert completes the inks, the pages are scanned and sent to a color artist and a letterer. Coloring and lettering are added digitally to most contemporary comics.
You are invited to scrutinize Adam Kubert’s process, as he imagines, sketches, refines, and finalizes this issue of Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man.
The Art of Adam Kubert and Joe Kubert
Adam Kubert (RIT ’81 Medical Illustration) began his career in comics at the age of twelve, when he freelanced as a letterer for DC Comics. He grew up in a comics family—his father Joe Kubert is a legendary comics artist. Joe Kubert’s career spanned the history of comic books, from the medium’s Golden Age in the 1930s and 40s and the Silver Age of the 1950s and 60s, to the contemporary popularity of the graphic novel. Similar to his father, Adam Kubert has had a long and prolific career. Adam Kubert has drawn the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Superman, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and Spider-Man, among many other iconic characters. He is an architect of the contemporary Marvel Universe, a narrative world that reaches a global audience. Adam Kubert is the recipient of an Eisner Award, and he teaches the narrative art of comics at The Kubert School.
Adam Kubert’s art encapsulates the energy, enthusiasm, and legacy of comics—in superhero stories, we are not only entertained, but also engaged in our own cultural history.