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Sunday, October 27, 2019 

Aster was the first Filipino comic published in the USA

ABS-CBN News in the Philippines wrote about Aster, a Filipino fantasy comic that became the first from its country published in the USA over 25 years ago. I think it's a fascinating portion of history, but there was one US-based artist involved in drawing covers whose name really gave me a sinking feeling when I saw it:
Subsequent covers featured other luminaries such as Marvel’s Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti, and George Perez.
Whatever made them think Quesada was a great choice to draw covers for Aster? I don't think he's a very talented artist. At best, he's overrated. Yet he was approved to become Marvel's EIC for a decade, where he proceeded to ruin much of their inventory, including - but not limited to - Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson, and clog the output with endless company wide crossovers. And he's never apologized for any of the harm he inflicted on the House of Ideas, even as Mary Jane Watson was finally brought back to the frontline in Spidey's books.

I'm sure Aster has more than earned its place in the list of foreign adventure comics. But it's regrettable Quesada had to be involved with it, even if he'd just worked as a cover artist. The publishers did not need phonies like him working with them. His style pales in comparison to a far better artist like Perez, and even Palmiotti's far better than Quesada.

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