See the 2011 Creation of this cover by Frank Fosco and Mike Royer in the Creations section.
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The cool thing about this page is seeing Jack's process--rough shapes to begin with and details gradually filled in. Not sure why this was abandoned but it's a nice piece of work. Be cool to see somebody finish it at some point.
… Since you don't find everyday Kirby pencils at this early stage.
I'm fortunate to own this piece. About 2 years ago at SDCC I asked Mike Royer if he was interested in completing the page (of course from recreated pencils and not the actual page). He mentioned the figures were to rough and would need a lot of pencil work – not simply inking. I'd love to commission someone to complete it!
I'd image the artist would need to reference other issues to fill in the details of the characters. Any ideas of a good artist to do this? It wouldn't need to be a direct line for line recreation IMO. Any interest in a commission Erik?
I dunno if I could pull that off. I tried it in Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comic Magazine and it was, at best, pretty hit and miss.
Bruce Timm, Steve Rude or Keith Giffen ?
… I actually enjoyed.
World Greatest Comic Magazine was a good ride even as it failed to recapture the exact excitment of the 60's.
Stan Lee, himself, didn't do better in rewriting the lost FF adventure.
You can't really return there, can you?
Thanks for the try and the fun! You chose the right guys to do the book.
I have hoped for decades for a chance to see Giffen or Timm on the regular FF comic.
Now, Darwyn Cooke seems a natural candidate too and why not Guy Davis (this guy is incredible) ?
Any plan to work with Keith Giffen again? I miss the guy penciling days.
Bruce Timm, Steve Rude or Darwyn Cooke would all get my vote as potential finishers for the Big Barda pencils, as would rising star Michael Cho and GODLAND's Tom Scioli -- who I also think would be absolute dynamite on ANY kind of Fourth World comic and even (or maybe I should say "especially") a DEVIL DINOSAUR book. Really!
Hey, Krackles--I was one of the pencilers that worked on the Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine also. And to be inked by Bruce Timm and Mike Royer was a thrill for me--much less just being part of the project and being able to do some Fantastic Four...the one comic I always wanted to do more then any other. Hit and miss as it was, it was an honor to work on Stan and Jack's creation.
Nice to meet somebody whose FF dream has been fulfilled.
If ever Erik and all of you felt compelled to get another shot at the WGCM, I'm in for the ride!
...is my humble proposal to finish the piece. I'm sure that he'd be available since nowadays he's focused on comissions.
Frank Fosco was kind to do a completed pencil version of this page. Mike Royer then used it as a bases for a recreation and inked it. I'll have the recreation on Thursday this week and will post it along with Frank's pencil version so stay tuned!
Looking forward to see it finished!