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Remembering CrossGen's The War

posted May 26, 2019, 7:25 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 26, 2019, 7:38 AM ]
From Vu

THE WAR: CALL TO ARMS POSTER (24x36) (Sep 2003)
CrossGen Comics
THE WAR: CALL TO ARMS POSTER (11x17) (Sep 2003)
CrossGen Comics
Before CrossGen Comics went bankrupted, they teased a CrossGen CrossOver event called "The War".

George Perez was going to be the superstar artist for the event, but couldn't commit to it because he was still working on the much-delayed JLA/Avengers books. Those who waited the first time might remember that issue #4 was nine months behind (originally going to ship June 2003, but did not deliver until March 2004).

CrossGen Comics, which was probably burning through money every month, couldn't wait for George, so they went ahead with The War (now renamed as "Negaton War") with different artists in April 2004.

The only War-related item that George produced was this "Call To Arms" Poster. It was available in a smaller 11x17 and larger 24x36 print (the larger print was limited to 1,000 prints and signed by George Perez with a Certificate of Authenticity). They were sold at $10 and $30, respectively. The poster was inked by Rick Magyar with colors by Mike Atiyeh.

Personally speaking, I wish it wasn't in silhouette, but in the typical details that we've come to expect of George Perez's work. I haven't checked the timeline, but this was the probably the last thing George produced for CrossGen.