Artist Greg Horn unveils cover art for his first store exclusive
Comic book artist Greg Horn is stepping into the variant cover market with his own Venom #1 store exclusives. The artwork depicts Greg’s stunning visions of Venom assimilating Spider-man with his ominous pitch-black tendrils. The artist reveals his thinking behind the 4 illustrations, “I wanted to explore the underlying biological aspects of the venom symbiote bonding with Peter Parker on a myriad of different levels. When a victim becomes Venom, they go through an extreme physiological change as well as an equally intense personality change. So, aside from the surface bonding that is typically portrayed in comic art, I imagined the creature must also be inside the body in order to control the host’s enhanced musculature and endurance… to control his mind. I just started coming up with these crazy ideas for x-rays, exposing the creepy little tendrils crawling inside the torso, and up through the rib cage to attach themselves to the central nervous system, into the brain and taking over Spiderman’s total being. Once that worked out, it energized me to create the other pieces! It’s hard to explain inspiration sometimes. It can start with a simple question.. and then you never know where it’s going to lead you.”
Venom #1 is published by Marvel Comics, but these limited variants of the comic book will only be made available through Greg’s online store at
Pre-orders will start this Sunday, March 25th at 12pm noon (eastern time). Cover D, the “skulls variant”, is designated as a convention exclusive for Greg’s back-to-back appearances at Wizard World Philadelphia (May 17-20), and Fan Expo’s Megacon (Orlando May 24-27). The D cover will be made available for pre-order on Sunday, but only in limited sets.
About Greg Horn: Greg Horn is an illustrator best known for his Marvel Comics covers. He arrived at Marvel in 1999 sporting a sensational new form of computer art that had never been seen before, ushering in the digital art movement which dominates the comic art industry to this day. Five years later he was recognized for his artistic endeavors, winning Wizard’s Fan Choice Award for Best Cover Artist. In the years that followed, Greg forged ahead in a variety of commercial industries, working on more than 20 international advertising campaigns for the likes of NIKE, ESPN, ALLSTATE, and NBA. During this time, he also provided covers for over 60 video game companies. This volume of work was eventually collected into two art books titled Cover Stories: The Art of Greg Horn, and published by Image Comics. Beginning in 2014, Greg has seen remarkable success with exclusive variant covers, providing images for more than 35 of the most popular convention and store exclusives. Along the way, the artist has revitalized the niche market of remarked comic books with an inventive way of sketching on the unforgiving slick covers. His remarked comic books are among the highest auctioning modern day comics of all-time! Recently, Greg has created some amazing variant covers for DC COMICS’ including Dark Nights Metal with ComicXposure, and another, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1, with Unknown Comic Books. Other recent projects include MARVEL COMICS’ Phoenix Resurrection, Edge of Venomverse, Generations/ Legacy, Champions, and Avengers VS Zombies, all of which will be available at his website www.greghornart.com
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