Rumors have swirled in recent days of more people riding in to stabilize the incredible Spider-Man:Turn off the Dark Broadway musical, which is already one of the most dramatic, thrilling and can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it spectacles in the history of Broadway — and that’s just the backstage stuff! While stage/comics crossover king Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been brought in to help script doctor for sure, director Phil McKinley’s rumored involvement has been denied as just that — a rumor. Meanwhile, the show is now looking at a June opening, well past the Tony Award deadline, but after everything we’ve seen and heard, is a Tony really IN the question?
However, one new person has definitely joined the fun: Artist Greg Horn has announced he’ll be doing illos for the merchandise and program; the artist, knwon for his sexy Marvel covers, has done other institutional art for the NBA and Ringling Bros circus — and a familiarity with the circus seems to be just the skill needed for dealing with Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
Comic book artist Greg Horn will be lending his talent to the Broadway extravaganza SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, providing high end illustrations for the play’s line of merchandise and also some imagery for the official program guide.
Touted as the most elaborate ever, the play brings Horn onto a star-studded project helmed by industry giant Julie Taymor, with songs by music legends Bono and The Edge of U2. Coming off his most recent work for Marvel and ESPN Magazine’s NBA preview issue, the artist has had his fair share of high profile projects recently. “I’ve worked on some mind-blowing jobs over the past 10 years, but this one might just take the cake. It’s a biggie! They were nice enough to fly me up last month to see the show in person, and that really helped me get a grasp of the show’s scope and look. I’ve never seen anything like it…a visual spectacle!”
Greg is best known for his years of memorable cover paintings for Marvel Comics. His campaigns in the advertising field with giants such as Leo Burnett and W&K have helped prepare him for anything the high-pressure world of mainstream illustration can dish out. “My goal with any project – whether we’re talking advertising, video game, or comic book art – is to create the highest quality of illustration. In the case of Turn Off the Dark, the bar is set pretty high by the rest of the production. By focusing on the best qualities of the characters and freeze-framing the action in the perfect place, I can create a marketable image that is epic and inspiring. I’m extremely pleased with the way things are turning out so far with Spidey!”
Greg has upcoming projects with the University of Alabama, Abrams Publishing, Zenescope, and Marvel Comics. His online gallery is free to peruse, showcasing all his illustrations for a variety of industries. http://www.greghornjudge.com
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.