The New Kid: Without a shadow of a doubt, Cub was always meant to be "The Wolverine" of our team. Coming in with a bit more of a rough and tumble attitude, he offered a bit more of an edge (as much as an all-ages title really allows) to the series and gave us a chance to inadvertently tackle the very hot-button issue of bullying. Of course, knowing that, there were PLENTY of covers to pull inspiration from...the biggest problem was choosing the right one. While appearing first in the Hulk, before making his big Giant-Sized X-Men debut, neither of those covers really illustrated the first appearance idea we had in mind for Cub. So, we expanded our scope, to not only look at Wolverine, but ANY characters first appearance. With luck, we found Fantastic Four #46 (by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott)! In true Marvel form, Black Bolt (who is my FAVORITE Marvel character) made his first appearance in the previous issue, but one featured his first cover spot, giving him ALL the attention, while still highlighting (through floating heads) the other characters of the book. It was perfect!
But we couldn't miss the opportunity to throw the character inspiration in there, so we took a bead from Uncanny X-Men 207 (John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green), having Cub SLASH down the paper (if you look closely, you can see hints of the first page within the tears.)!
Check out the cover that inspired Issue #3: Beware the Kid Napper
Check out the cover that inspired Issue #1: How Far is Up?!