spire comics

Stoned love

Stop messing round with that fire,
Living like love is just a gun for hire,
Cos one moment its just messing round,
To your wiki saying she’s your spouse,
Oh but its not just girls,
Cos yeah one moment I was tearing off her blouse,
Now she says she’s living in my house,

Babe I know you said you’d never smoke pot,
Its just; that burned Like your first splif,
Now we just hanging around in the dark, you’re pale as a ghost.
Stop messing round now, cos am too stoned,
You’re know I can’t save you cos in this game am too gone,

She’s only seventeen, and thinks at sixteen am all there is,
But a degenerate kind, baby am definitely not what you need,
She wants to dance with devil, Mr brownstone is just grave,
Oh Y’know the drugs will drown her out, just too young,
Can’t believe this is my life, smoking and fucking in the back,


Here are some great covers from Spire Christian Comics, featuring artwork from former Marvel artist Al Hartley.

First, I’m not posting these to make light of anyone’s beliefs or spread my own. Here at the Illustrated Archives I’m interested in looking into the history of art, illustration, animation and comics - whether it’s the good, the bad, the ugly, or the weird and the strange.

Al Hartley worked for over a decade with Atlas Comics (the precurser to Marvel) and completed one issue of Thor in the 1960′s. He had even worked on a few adult publications for Marvel and feeling unfulfilled he became a born again Christian and then spent the majority of his career drawing Archie’s comics and writing and illustrating for Spire Christian Comics, who published nineteen Archie’s titles by Al Hartley.

Hartley, before working with Spire, had worked on Archie’s comics; often inserting his own Christian beliefs into the stories. John L. Goldwater, Archie’s creator, was also a religious man (Jewish) and allowed Spire Christian Comics to run their own Archie’s comic titles. Goldwater was a huge proponent of the Comics Code Authority; the very strict comic censorship guidelines created in the 1950′s. Publications like Spire Christian Comics obviously thrived under the rules of the CCA.

New Comic Rec: The Spire

So last week I picked up a new comic called The Spire

And it’s awesome. As far as first issues go, this one really has what you want: Interesting initial conflict, bad ass sapphic lady loving lady protagonist, weird world building, and fun art. 

There isn’t actually a rating on this comic, but given that there’s some mild nudity, some murder, and some cursing, I’d say “Older Teen” is pretty fair.

Some pictures! 

Sha, our main character, being a bad ass. Yes those are…tentacles? 

I see we’re going for a bigotry theme here.

Sha and her girlfriend. (The scene with some ahem mild nudity) 

I laughed. 

Look at this guy! 

Ok, but really. A short synopsis: The Spire is some kind of mega city where humans and Sculpted (various kinds of non-humans) live in a somewhat fragile peace. It’s huge, it’s unruly, and Sha is the police chief in charge. In the wake of the old Barons death and the new Baroness taking charge, a grisly murder takes place which…well, needs to be investigated! 

There’s some cop stuff, there’s some representation going on (Sha is a lesbian, we don’t know about her girlfriend yet), Sha seems like a badass: I’m looking forward to more!