Comic Books

Green Brain comics gets local artists to help celebrate 'Fantastic Four's' 50th birthday

The original cover of "Fantastic Four" No. 1, left, and Paul Sizers re-creation.

This week, Green Brain Comics in Dearborn will launch its latest Headspace Gallery show, a tribute to the first issue of “Fantastic Four,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary in November.

Shop owner Dan Merritt got 26 artists to re-create 26 pages, including the cover, in their own styles. Their only directive was to maintain the original story content.

Local artists contributing include Matt Feazell (“The Amazing Cynical Man”), Paul Sizer and Sean Bieri.

An opening reception will be held 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, and the exhibit will be up through Dec. 31.

Admission is free, but they’ll be accepting donations to support the Kids Read Comics effort. The gallery is inside Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave. in downtown East Dearborn.

Visit the store’s website for more details.

Page 4 from "Fantastic Four" No. 1, left, and Sean Bieri's re-interpretation

Eric Henrickson is a Detroit News copy editor who has also been writing about comic books, video games and anime for The News for more than 10 years. His favorite bit of geek cred so far: appearing in an online "Star Trek" fan series.