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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

101 Composition
SECRET’s
The COMIC INDUSTRY
doesn’t want
YOU
to KNOW
About.
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Preface

Thanks for purchasing this ebook. Inside these pages is an
industry secret. A secret that the Comic industry has hidden for
many years. It’s one that those precious few who are chosen and
enterinto the brotherhood of the Comic illuminate. Once inside
they give the artist what I’m about to share with you right now.
Before I dive into the depths of this well kept hidden secret of the
industry. I want to give you a bit of history about how I came to
such information.

I would love for the story to be one of excitement and adventure.
One of me dressed in clad back scaling the walls of Marvel comics,
entering into the facility and incapacitating the guards. One of them
looking familiar to Stan Lee. Using a stolen key card, I infiltrated
the headquarters. By passing the cleaning service and with super
ninja skill downloaded the files first bypassing security code
clearance and viola, I’m in! Locating the data, I need I save them to
a flash drive, and I make my quick exit. Only to be met at the door
by a whole squad of superheroes. Damn! I almost had it!

Sound convincing? I didn’t think so. So, the truth is I catalog every
comic since the 1940’s to present day and I found a remarkable
coincident. I found a distinct pattern that the comic industry was
using for its covers for the newsstands. I found a unique and
repeating occurrence among artist. Passing down a torch of
knowledge that I now have cataloged and given you the Aspiring
artist.
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

I Drew each pose and composition with stick figures. Quick simple
and to the point. Unlike my other books, Shameless plug, (Drawing
the human figure and the Mechanisms of Seeing), This is more
about the artist using this cheat sheet and not really caring about
what notes I wanted to personally interject. As an illustrator and
painter, I understand this all about finishing your projects and
getting the information you need to move on the next project.

I tried my best to name the compositions in the most logical order
based on the characters movements. The first compositions are the
basics. You know, Flying, jumping and etc.

100 composition
Secrets
Most poses used most in the Comic’s history
Basic Actions
The Lunge

The Leap

The Kick

The Punch

The Blast

Running

Flying

The Hurdle

Gripping

Pre- Action
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Post- action

The Throw

The Jump

Poses used on comic covers
The fall: (hero usually being engulfed in some sort of plasmic energy or in the act of falling)

Trapped: (Conscious or not, wires tubes electrodes usually attached)

Hero’s Stance: Classic
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Relaxed aftermath: (Usually after altercation exhausted
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Confined space: (Hero in confined space)

James bond : (Classic pose with females leaning against hero)
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Sympathy pose: (Hero in suffering background figures comforting hero)

Power up pose: Hero is powered up and ready for battle
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Portal or dimensional:

Foresight: villain or seer use device to look into future or to find hero’s where abouts etc...
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Collage: hero can be seen in a collage type theme

Freeman: hero breaking bonds or breaking free
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Standing over: Hero/or villain standing directly over beaten or dead opponent

Hand shot: close up of hero’s hand in bad situation
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The Carry pose : hero carrying fallen lover or etc...classic

Hands P.O.V: showing the scene from hero p.o.v

Pre-strike pose: Hero or villain is cocked, and ready to punch , kick etc...
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The operator: Villian is seen at controls in base working
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The Warrant: Hero has a warrant out for him police are out to get him
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Come on pose: hero is leading villain into fight usually with finger, fist or weapon “ he saying
come on punk” or give it your best” think of wolverine even with a weapon...
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Insane hero: hero is temp insane

The Ritual: (Hero or maiden is involved in a deadly ritual classic)
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Let’s not fall shall we: Both enemy and hero hang on for life

The Hold : Hero or villain is holding opponent by shirt, collar, neck, hair, ankle by appendage
or apparatus /classic
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Exhausted hero: hero or both hero and bad guy are exhausted after fight or during classic

All weapons on you kid: all weapons on group or hero usually shown in perspective from
foreground

The clash: Hero and villain clashing blast, swords, fist,
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The kiss: classic

THE CHARGE:
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The point: figure is pointing out hero or vice versa

One big hole : hero or villain is shown through the hole made in opponent by some source ,
usually mid-section pov
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

reflection: villain is shown through reflection

Is this yours ? pose: villain holding an object of heros via ring or cape , mask, ect
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The rescue: Hero seen coming onto the scene to rescue female or companion.
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Hall of gods: Two or three larger than life figures over towering hero in background hero in
fore ground.

Why\shot: Hero looks at fallen comrade and ask why? Also spotlight
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No effect blast : the blast and fighting has no effect on villain

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Mid air shot: Most popular and classic theme
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Overhead shot: Hero or villain is seen lifting opponent over head.

The specter: A powerful energy that is in human or alien form or spirit surrounds hero
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Hero’s own custom : Villain is wearing hero’s custom

HERO UNDER SPELL : hero is under spell or some energy to do his masters bidding
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The banishment : Hero is banished from city
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The machine : machine chasing or cruching, zapping hero hero’s fleeing

The hand: the hand is shown in foreground hero in bg
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The hero’s back : back of hero’s head is shown viewers in big have a look of shock on their
faces..

The Wait pose : hero saying wait To a scene, hands out or hero could be looking at POV
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Zap! : Hero Being zapped by villain or etc...agony clinche hands

Hero up close: Hero , villain up close showing a shoulder shot for female and front shot male
or half of face or small heads of hero’s
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Tombstone shot: Hero or villain on tombstone or in a grave or name or hero on grave

File from the center: hero’s emerge from center

Against a wall: Hero is backed against a wall
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Shadow of evil on the wall: hero sees or does not see shadow of villain or threat bigger than
life behind him
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Back to back : heros and companion back to back usually in a fight scene
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Cross hairs: Cross hairs on hero or politician etc..

The pit: hero’s drop or thrown in pit with monsters hands awaiting
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
King of the hill: Hero or villains on top of heap of enemies or an actual hill

It’s raining bullets: Hero is pelted with fire
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
Ambush: Hero is ambushed

Earth to hero: hero or villain interacting with planet

Please ignore the negative ethnic labeling, this comic was from the 1940’s
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The war cry: hero or vill is crying about to strike or charge

Animals all on you: hero fighting large animal or villain can be on an animal classic
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Pounced posed : Hero being pounce on by unseen opponent usually unsuspected from behind

Machine effects: hero is against machine with moving parts?
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
Reaching out pose: Hero is seen in fore ground reaching out for help

Two face: face is divided into two or three other faces
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The plotter pose classic: pose showing villain plotting usually laughing

Hung out to dry: Hero is hung out to die
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Greatly outnumberd:
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Hack your way through: hero hacks is way through alien or robot force

Enraged : Hero or villain is enraged

Breakthrough: hero breaks through barrier or symbol classic
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Host organism: Hero is being taken over and consumed by metallic or alien force, robotic or
virus a-symbiotic relationship.
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Gun pose : Hero is seen very serious holding a weapon

Thrown from plane: hero is thrown from plane or vehicle
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Money shot: classic punch for cover of comic

Poster shot: Up close of punch used for posters larger than life perspective used for major
events in comic covers
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Crashing through (): Villian is crashing through a group hero’s sending them flying breaking
their weapons

The landing : Hero just landing pose classic
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Shields holding: hero power is barely holding out to villains power

Unconsous hero: Hero is unconsous at villains whim
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The throne: Hero or villain sits at throne

The puppeteer : Looming large figure BG puppets smaller heros classic
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

The jump : pose showing hero jumping from roof or exploding window or with another
companion or villan gripped together

Cliff dweller: hero seen on a cliff
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Fire walker: Hero scene walking,swinging or ascending out of flames or explosion

Underground : Hero is in sewer or some underground area ,cave or castle
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
Hero with traffic: Hero flying with traffic

Power pov : hero using pov power towards reader
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Symbolic: Figures inside of hero’s own symbol or symbol

Abstracted: abstract forms like triangles,squares infused in comp
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The victor: Hero stands on defeated enemy or vice versa, ancient classic theme

Roof top: hero over looking rooftop classic

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Power up close up : hero’s hand or body part is shown glowing or powering up

Flying at all angles : many hero’s flying at viewer from different angles
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Word rage: hero hits wordage on cover of comic
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Dark figure : dark figure silhouette showing just white eyes and teeth

Death grip : Villian in a hold on hero or a lock or by throat or byapparatus , tentacle,
extending claw etc
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Falling death grip: hero in grip with villain or animal, machine falling from cliff or building ,
structure
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
Hero fly toward viewer: different fly towards pov
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Final blow : villain about deliver final blow to downed hero
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Hero breaks apart or dissolves:

Swinging through: Hero swinging through an opening window etc
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

I hit u hit: both hero and villain hit each other

Heros power: heros power is used against him

The unmasking: Hero is unmask usually publics request or low sales
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THE Seducer: Villain is beautiful and uses her power to seduce hero

The radiation blast : explosion blows hero up to viewer
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Shock ya: hero is being shocked and skull shows through classic by looming figure in BG

Can’t stop him: Several hero’s are on top of villain unable to stop him.
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Deadly dodge: hero dodges deadly blow

Police lineup: hero in police line up classic

Black and white : blk and wht figures mixed in with colored bg figures
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Object of power: Hero flying showing off source of power ring staff etc

Stand off : line of heros faces line of villains for a stand off
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About
Hes glowing : hero in the form of particles of energy

Dead hero’s object: Hero’s object of interest

Last standing : hero protecting his fallen comrades
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Interrogation: bad guy interrogates hero or female or kidnapping

Air design: figure jumping in air leaving a design trail of rope air, material think of dare devil
hair clothes etc

Planet hero: hero over looking planet classic or bg over looking planet and laughing

Leap or lunge pov: leaping or lunging at viewer
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GUNz A BLAZING: tons of examples staple of comics

A knee up: Hero is seen with one knee up on a structure chest out hero pose

Roof for one: many figures on a small rooftop balancing
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Female poses or scenes
Stepping over : pose showing female hero stepping over bad guy birds eye view

Through the legs : Female hero or villain legs are shown camera is looking between them at
dead hero or etc worms eye view( Male shown also
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Poor girl: Female being attacked by villain hero seen in the distance classic coming to the
rescue
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100 Compositions The COMIC industry doesn’t want YOU to KNOW About

Come on Girl : common pose with fist, finger or weapon

FEMALE TAKES A RIDE: FEMALE HERO RIDES ON OPPENENTS BACK
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Girl sitting pose: girl sitting on huge figure or object

Female inside male figure:
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Sexy pose : hip out girls and pout those lips ect
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Cat fight:
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Girl blowing: girl blowing smoke from gun !get you mind out of the gutter!

Note there are endless covers if you can find some your self on coverbrowser.com

Giant mechanized robots:
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All Heros Dead Villian Standing

Big Hands Capturing
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Hero TRANSFORMS : shown usually in stages

Battleing At A Distance: hero’s and villains blasting out a each other at a distance
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Charge With BlasT
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Surrounded: hero is surrounded and blitzkrieg

Hero After Devestation
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Melee: Everyone is fighting and everyone else cowboy bar fight

Villain over city : bad guy is over city (( looming figure ex
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Hero Covering Face From Reader... Hero or vill has a temporary bandages over face
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Crawlers: hero’s that crawl like Spiderman

Hero Leaps Up
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Major monument: Hero creates sentiment with viewer and pride
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Hero’s vehicle coming pov: Birds eye view of hero’s vehicle moving in
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Hero Suspended Over A Deadly S...

Hero Vs Hero : imposter
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Heroes rising out from Center

A Major in the middle: Major hero or figure in the middle of two higher figures

Multiplicity: think the same multiple characters or hero’s or enemy’s over coming hero or villain
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The trial : Hero’s being tried for a crime

Agony in mourning:
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Justice Theme Scales

CLASSIC COWBOY SHOT
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Held under: Hero is in trouble in the water

Space scene: hero are in space suits in trouble

First to grab : Hero and villain fight it out and one is seen almost grabbing the object of power.
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Outnumber and over powered:
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Lots of hands : aliens hands or bad guys hands ether in FG or a pit etc

Hero fly’s over city: Hero is flying over the city usually used to introduce or kill off a charcter
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14 classic covers

Circle :

compliments of brian McLachan these are basic themes more of overall

compositions really

Versus
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Many figures

Looming figure
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Melee
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Dynamic dept Comin atcha
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ROMANCE FULL FIGURE
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FRAMES FIGURES PICTURE THIS
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GROUP SHOT TEXT
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