The main cover for The Trials of Ultraman #2, depicting Ultraman being confronted by the kidnappers of Dan Moroboshi, is again drawn by Arthur Adams. Adams burst on the comics scene in 1985 with the Marvel miniseries Longshot and quickly became one of the most popular artists in the industry, acclaimed for his work on the X-Men and Spider-Man titles, Fantastic Four, Batman, Action Comics, Hulk and many other comics. Adams is well known for his love of Kaiju and tokusatsu, having co-written and illustrated the Godzilla Color Special, creating numerous Godzilla comic book covers, and sneaking Godzilla and Ultraman monsters into his other works.
Art’s first official Ultraman artwork was a Kaiju-packed variant cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2, and Adams has been tapped as the lead cover artist for The Trials of Ultraman series. The colors are by Rachelle Rosenberg, who has an exclusive contract with Marvel. Her credits include Captain Marvel, the Spider-Man and Star Wars titles, and Adams’ cover for The Trials of Ultraman #1.
ARTHUR ADAMS KAIJU VARIANT
After finishing his cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2 last year, Arthur Adams stated, “I just started drawing Ultra Kaiju because it was fun.” Those drawings are now being used as a series of The Trials of Ultraman variant covers, each focused on a favorite Kaiju or alien from the 1966 Ultraman television series, that connect together to form one spectacular illustration. Following issue #1’s Space Monster Bemular cover, Alien Baltan takes center stage with a fantastic depiction of the alien invaders’ infamous multi-body abilities. This cover is colored by Jason Keith, who previously collaborated with Adams on the Bemular cover as well the one for The Rise of Ultraman #2.
The final variant for The Trials of Ultraman #2 is a photo cover featuring a publicity still from the original Ultraman television show. Taken from episode 15 of the series, “Terrifying Cosmic Rays,” this cover depicts Ultraman tangling with the second form of the Two-Dimensional Monster Gavadon, known as Gavadon (B). This file photo came from the archives of Tsuburaya Productions and was lovingly restored for its Marvel Comics appearance by Starlight Runner’s own Creative Director, Chrysoula Artemis.
Only 1 in every 10 copies will use this cover, making it the hardest to find of the issue #2 variants. To see the episode that this cover is taken from, fans can pick up Ultraman: The Complete Series from Mill Creek Entertainment.
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The Trials of Ultraman #2 goes on sale on April 21, 2021, at comic shops everywhere. Make sure to pick it up, and keep your eyes glued to UltramanGalaxy.com for more news from Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Entertainment!