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The Secret Six No. 4 Cover by Jack Sparling

An interesting cover design most likely sketched by Carmine Infantino and then passed to Jack Sparling – The Secret Six's regular artist – for illustration. From November 1968.

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The Secret Six No. 3 Cover by Jack Sparling

It was a small series of only seven issues beginning in early 1968 and running bi-monthly. The Secret Six was created and plotted by E. Nelson Bridwell, with dialogue by Joe Gill. Frank Springer drew the first two issues and Jack Sparling the remaining five.

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Detective Comics No. 379 Cover: Novick or Novick?

Just because you do a good drawing doesn't mean it's going to make the best cover, at least in the eyes of the art director or editor. Case in point, Irv Novick drew two covers for Detective Comics 379 from September 1968. The first is beautifully drawn. You can see the care he put into it with the rendering of the man's hand, for example.

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The Demon No. 1 Cover by Jack Kirby

With his Fourth World books at DC Comics cancelled, Jack Kirby moved on to a second series of books which included Omac, Kamandi, Kobra and The Demon.

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Batman No. 210 Cover: Novick or Adams?

As can happen, one artist draws a cover, and the editor chooses to have it redrawn by another artist. Case in point the cover for Batman 210, March 1969. The layout had been done by Carmine Infantino and passed on to Irv Novick who was enjoying his early years of drawing super-heroes for DC, which included Batman and The Flash.

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Spider-Man & Daredevil Special Edition No. 1 Cover by Frank Miller

Frank Miller had completed the Daredevil run with Klaus Janson which had made him a top creator at Marvel. His next major project would be 1983's Ronin limited series.

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Fantastic Voyage Posters and Wallpapers

Fantastic Voyage was released in 1966. Well-written, imaginative and with a good cast, it was one of the better science fiction films of the 60s.

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Filmation Tarzan Lord of the Jungle Season 1 DVD Cover

In 1976, Filmation had the license to produce Tarzan cartoons for Saturday mornings. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle debuted with 16 episodes that first season, and it was different than many previous portrayals of Edgar Rice Burroughs' signature character. Tarzan was shown as an intelligent and civilised character who had fantastic adventures with his animal friends in lost cities and strange civilisations, just as he was in the original novels. A lot of kids like me loved it.

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SVG Thumbnail Previews in Adobe Bridge

While MacOS has the capability to preview SVG files with Quick Look in the Finder, current versions of Adobe Bridge show the generic file icon only. That is, unless SVGs are saved out with XMP compatibility. With SVG increasing in popularity, here's how to make image selection quicker and easier with thumbnails.

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The Original Star-Lord Covers

His mother murdered by aliens, Peter Quill only wanted revenge and his only goal was to get out into space to see it through. The early Star-Lord adventures were darker in tone than what we see today. They also had some great covers by top illustrators. Here they are as originally published, and new versions as Star-Lord magazine.

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Wonder Woman by HG Peter

HG Peter was Wonder Woman's original artist, and this piece by him was a rejected cover from the 1940s. A perfect illustration to colour and package. A lost gem is rediscovered.

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Uncanny X-Men No. 138 Cover by Byrne & Austin

One of the iconic covers in a run of iconic covers by Byrne and Austin. With fresh type and colour by me.

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Batman No. 351 Cover: Colan or Colón?

Gene Colan was the penciller on Batman in 1982, and he did up a cover for No. 351, inked by Frank Giacoia. Perhaps wanting a larger, more active Batman, Ernie Colón and Dick Giordano were tasked to re-draw the figure. Here are both of them coloured up.

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The Silver Surfer by John Buscema

I ran across a really grotty copy of the late John Buscema's pencils for this page from The Silver Surfer v3 No. 110. Detailed below are the steps from inks to layout to turn it into a cover.

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The Doom Patrol Covers III

Following up on a previous post and this one too, here are three more interpretations of The Doom Patrol done by current artists, with cover layouts by myself.

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ROM the Space Knight by Jeff Slemons

One of the early integrations of electronic features into an action figure, the ROM action figure didn't do well in the market, but the Marvel comic lasted 75 issues and four annuals. He'll return to comics in 2016 via IDW Publishing.

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The Doom Patrol Covers II

Following up on a popular post, here are three more interpretations of The Doom Patrol done by current artists, with cover layouts by myself.

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DC Comics Presents No. 26 Cover by Jim Starlin

DC Comics Presents No. 26 is more often remembered as the first appearance of The New Teen Titans, but it also marked the first appearance of Jim Starlin as a DCCP artist.

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The Doom Patrol Covers I

The original Doom Patrol was a comic book series from DC Comics in the 1960s. Created by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, they first appeared in My Greatest Adventure No. 80, 1963, and the book was renamed for the team as of No. 86. The series ran until No. 121, 1968, when the Patrol seemingly sacrificed themselves to save the small fishing village of Codsville, Maine. They'd come back in different incarnations with different characters and different levels of popularity with readers.

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Batman Year One

From 1986, this house ad was the first piece we saw from what was going to become a classic Batman storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

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Wonder Woman No. 269 Cover by Andru & Giordano

From July 1980, we have a great cover by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano, a prolific cover team for many DC titles during this period.

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Star-Lord by Byrne & Austin

Back in 1976, Marv Wolfman – then editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics – came up with the name Star-Lord and passed it on to writer Steve Englehart to flesh it out. The result appeared in Marvel Preview #4, January 1976.

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Justice League of America No. 66 Cover: Dillin or Adams?

From November 1968, two versions of the cover to DC Comics' Justice League of America No. 66 have survived. The first, drawn by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella was rejected. The second was drawn by Neal Adams and made it to the newsstands. I've coloured them both up here from scans of the original art.

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Hawkman and The Justice Society of America by Joe Kubert

From 1970, Joe Kubert provided this powerful illustration for The Steranko History of Comics 1. Here it is in colour, and with trade dress from different eras of DC Comics.
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Blue Beetle No. 5 (1965) Cover by Fraccio & Giordano

From March/April 1965, Bill Fraccio and Dick Giordano deliver a combative cover for Charlton Comics' Blue Beetle No. 5. I'd be worried about giant-sized chess pieces threatening a princess, too.

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Charlton Bullseye featuring The Blue Beetle

Charlton Bullseye was a late entry with new content from Charlton Comics. Unlike the previous Bullseye – started as a fanzine in the 1970s – the second volume was an anthology which gave new talent a chance to be published. It ran for 10 issues before it was cancelled.

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Blue Beetle Returns by Bob Layton

Bob Layton posted a recent convention sketch of Steve Ditko's Blue Beetle. He captured Ted Kord's exuberance and I thought it'd make a good cover.

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Green Lantern No. 114 Cover by Saviuk & Giordano

From March 1979, Alex Saviuk and Dick Giordano knock Green Lantern and Green Arrow off their feet for DC Comics.

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Outlaws of the West No. 17 Cover by Rocco Mastroserio

From November 1958, a dynamic illustration by Rocco Mastroserio for Charlton Comics.

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Outlaws of the West No. 11 Cover by Maurice Whitman

From July 1957, a great illustration of an evil man laughing at the law by Maurice Whitman.

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Secrets of Haunted House No. 39 Cover by Buckler & Giordano

From August 1981, Rich Buckler and Dick Giordano put a new spin on a horror icon for DC Comics.

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Outer Space No. 22 Cover by Nicholas & Alascia

From Charlton Comics in May 1959, tourism in the solar system is about to boom by Charles Nicholas Wojtkoski and Vince Alascia.

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Outer Space No. 21 Cover by Steve Ditko

From Charlton Comics in March 1959, even in the frontiers of outer space, law and order will be maintained.

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John Carter of Mars: 1958 Sun Comic Strip

From 1958, this A Princess of Mars adaptation by DR Morton & Robert Forest was published in Sun Comics from the UK. It has never been shown in colour. So here it is. The source scans are not high res, and I've had to make some educated guesses here and there. If you have access to larger copies, let me know by emailing me from the link in the footer.

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Dr. Syn : A Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh

Russell Thorndike created Doctor Syn for this, his first novel, published in 1915. A native of Romney Marsh in southeast England, he chose to base the book around real-life smuggling in the area in the late 18th century. Dr. Christopher Syn, an elderly parson, has his life turned upside down when His Majesty's government comes to Dymchurch-under-the-Wall to investigate that smuggling.

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Dr. Syn alias the Scarecrow Novel Cover

In 1975, Disney decided to re-release Dr. Syn as a 75-minute feature film, and to tie into that, they commissioned Victoria Crume (aka Vic Crume) to write a novelisation of the film for young readers, something she had done before for other Disney properties and would do again.

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Dr. Syn – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Russell Thorndike's Doctor Syn first appeared in the novel of the same name in 1915, with six more novels following in the 1930s and 40s. The general public knows Syn from the 1964 Disney episodes starring Patrick McGoohan, but that's only one version of the story. The rest is worth looking at.

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Charlton Comics A. Machine Typeface

Back in the late 1950s Charlton Comics thought they'd save some time and money by outfitting a varible typewriter – a Vari-Typer, which was large enough to hold a page of comic art – with a custom typeface which mimicked the hand lettering used in comics for captions and word balloons.

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Attack No. 60 Cover by Sam Glanzman

From Charlton Comics in November 1959, this cover was a composite of panels from the stories inside. One piece was by Sam Glanzman, and the other I haven't been able to identify.

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Outer Space No. 18 Cover by Masulli & Mastroserio

From Charlton Comics in August 1958, a great example of the fear prevalent in pop science fiction of the day.There you are steering your way through interstellar space, and all of a sudden, a big freaking hand. All aboard!
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The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves No. 7 Cover by Rocco Mastroserio

From Charlton Comics in July 1968, Rocco Mastroserio takes a page from Steve Ditko's visual language. Don't help the guy, doc. Just let him drift off into the netherworld.

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Outer Space No. 19 Cover by Rocco Mastroserio

From Charlton Comics in October 1958, Rocco Mastroserio illustrates a more aggressive idea of what space exploration can be. Thrusting into the void, vapourising a threat and worshipping the glowing bean stalk. All hail the bean stalk!

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The Silver Surfer by Kirby & Sinnott

From Fantastic Four No. 55, Oct 1966. Kirby's energy and Sinnott's precision are in top form as the Silver Surfer returns.

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Pro! NFL Cover by John Buscema

From 1970, John Buscema does a Marvel group of characters for Pro!, an NFL official progam.

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The Warlord No. 82 Cover by Jurgens & Giordano

Another Warlord cover. Cary Burkett and Dan Jurgens' run was a good successor to Mike Grell's.

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The Warlord No. 76 Cover by Jurgens & Giordano

Another Warlord cover. Cary Burkett and Dan Jurgens became great stepafathers to the series.

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Superman vs. Spider-Man Cover by Andru, Giordano & Austin

When this came out in 1976, fans went apeshit. And rightfully so. For the first time, rivals DC and Marvel teamed up for mutual profit. Written by Gerry Conway, pencilled by Ross Andru (with some polishing by Neal Adams), figure inking by Dick Giordano and background inks by Terry Austin. It was a whole lot of fun to read.

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The Warlord No. 31 Cover by Mike Grell

I'm a long-time fan of Mike Grell's The Warlord. It started with me finding issue Nos. 30 and 31 on the stand.
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AssignmentEarth.ca Relaunched

The web's most complete site on this back-door pilot from Star Trek gets its seventh major update, with new design and content.

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