Genius Covers: Sabertooth #1

Mark Texeira and Mark Teixeira.  That extra "i" makes all the difference.  First let us begin with Mark Texiera, one of my all-time favorite comic book illustrators.  His style is unlike anyone else's...[as I read what I just wrote it sounds sort of stupid...of course everyone's style is there own...what I mean to say is that Mark's illustrations blew my mind as a kid...they seemed sloppy and yet 13-year old mind didn't really think comics could look like this]. 

My personal favorite is the premiere issue from the Sabertooth mini series which was published in August 1993.  The story comes from Larry Hama who is best known for writing the Marvel G.I. Joe comics.  [Interestingly, Hama wrote the biographical file information on the back of the G.I. Joe action figures...I used to cut those out and save them as a kid.]

The cover itself only hints at what lies behind it.

Flip the cover and you get an outstanding painting of Sabertooth about to devore you.  Inside you get a story of Sabertooth being betrayed by his girlfriend and being forced to take a job to kill the mutant Mystique.  

Here are a couple of the pages from the book to show how great Texeira's art is.  I especially like the close up of Sabertooth's face at the top of the 2nd page.

Although a topless Sabertooth look a little too much like a topless Cable.

Now onto the other Mark Teixeira who continues to crush American league pitching.  He is second in home runs, third in RBIs and if he could only get that batting average up above .300 he could be a triple crown threat.  Here are a few Teixeira relic cards from my collection:

2005 Bowman Sterling #BS-MTE Mark Teixeira Bat Relic Refractor 127199
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #DS-BT Lance Berkman/Mark Teixeira Dual Jersey Relic
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter #AGR-MT Mark Teixeira Jersey Relic
And last but not least in this issue we have a great add for Pinnacle: