“This portrait of Thanos is particularly sinister if you know the story of what he’ll do with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet…” – Joe Rubinstein
First drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe, the character Wolverine later joined a refreshed X-Men team, where writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne expanded on the character's development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped revise the character with a four-part limited series from September to December 1982, inked by hall of fame artist Joe Rubinstein. The Wolverine mini-series, and in particular the cover of issue #1, is one of Joe’s most recognized works.
Almost 10 years later, from July to December 1991 Marvel Comics published the storyline “The Infinity Gauntlet,” a six-issue limited series written by Jim Starlin, pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim, and inked by Tom Christopher, Bruce N Solotoffcross and Joe Rubinstein.
The series' events are driven by the villainous character Thanos ,created by Starlin in 1973. At the start of The Infinity Gauntlet story Thanos has collected all six Infinity Gems and attached them to his gauntlet, set to move forward with his “god like” powers to win the affection of Mistress Death, through acts of murderous death and destruction.
"The Wolverine #1 cover is iconic, voted one of the 100 best covers of all time. This print is variation on theme, and one of a few I have done of characters I am fortunate to be associated with. In each print the character is featured in a similar pose, an homage to one of the most successful series I have been part of. The portrait of Thanos is particularly sinister if you know the story of what he’ll do with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. I envision the whole set of prints making a very menacing gallery. – Joe Rubinstein
Josef "Joe" Rubinstein, born in Germany 1958 is a Hall of Fame comic book artist whose storied career spans more than four decades with notable credits that include the acclaimed 1982 Wolverine mini-series, the Infinity Gauntlet series and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Joe is known to be the artist to have given artist Art Adams (the Uncanny X-Men) his first professional work and nurtured the careers of Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Jose Marzan, Jr. (The Flash) and Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk). Joe’s record-setting post on Marvel Comics' saw him ink more pencillers than any other inker in history (and more than 2,500 comic books). He currently enjoys exploring painting techniques and creating portraits.