"This cover was part of a mini-series that I did shortly after returning to Marvel from a run at DC Comics.” – Bob McLeod
From the archive of Marvel and Hall of Fame artist Bob McLeod, a recreation of the classic comic book cover of Venom #1: The Enemy Within.
The first of the Marvel Comics symbiotes, amorphous aliens that empower and influence the human hosts they bond with, the sometimes villain/sometimes antihero character “Venom” has had several incarnations and is credited with co-creators that include Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck, Roger Stern, Tom DeFalco, Randy Schueller and Ron Frenz. The symbiote was originally introduced as a living alien costume in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984), with a full first appearance as Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988). Between February and May 1994, Marvel Comics published a three-part series starring the black suit symbiote, titled “The Enemy Within.”
"This cover was part of a mini-series that I did shortly after returning to Marvel from a run at DC Comics. I hadn’t previously been involved with the Venom character, and truthfully I was never that fond of drawing in the horror genre. Funny thing is, I get a lot of very positive feedback on the way I drew Venom so I end up getting a lot of commission requests for Venom sketches. A note about this cover, it was created at a time when Marvel was playing with a lot of different special covers and the original published cover was done with a glow in the dark ink.” – Bob McLeod
Bob McLeod, born in Florida in 1951 is a Hall of Fame comic art legend who is best known for co-creating Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants with writer Chris Claremont. Bob’s illustrious credentials also include work on The Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, Legion of Super Heroes, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman and The New Titans, Star Wars and Spider-Man.