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Anyone can decipher the writing below the ship? Could it be "inker, don't ink the ship burst, change?
Layout doesn't show a 3/4 splash.
Amazing sample of the series, btw...
I think it says "Inker don't ink the ship it has changed." I don't have the book in front of me but I wonder if the layout sketch on the back is for page 2 or another interior page since it shows several panels.
I checked out the digital comic and page two is also a 3/4 splash (two small panels at the bottom), and I couldn't find any likeness with another interior page, in spite that there are not too many with only two panels at the first row.
Couldn't someone erase the price at the back? It's not necessary to rub it against our faces... :-) I'm sure that Joe Garrett regrets about not making a higher offer...
This splash IS SO COOL!!!!!
Ha! I'll bet Stan got the ship changed because Jack drew one too different to what he'd done in FF 13! Just a guess - but sounds to me like the sort of thing his super-creative mind made him absent-mindedly do.
I think you nailed it, Mr. Shane F--there can be no other answer! But with all the white-out, it looks like the instruction may have gone for naught and it got inked anyway. Either that or Sol (or whoever was on hand--could have been Stan himself from the look of it) had a pretty tough time getting 'er done. I always thought that panel was especially lame, but know it seems pretty clear why: Neither Jack nor Dick had anything to do with that ship. I have no doubt that the panel as originally pencilled was far better in terms of composition (not to mention execution).
Well then, another day done, another mystery solved. Time to kick back and crack a cold one.
Q from inquiring minds...at about what issue did the Thing's appearance change from a melted chocolate bar to one of that had MORE definition? MUCH MORE shading and definable clocks of different shapes more 'square' than rounded...
This was a slow evolution. Take a look at the cover of FF #10 and you will see an early preview of the Thing as we come to know him. Certainly by issue 40 the character had taken on the modern form. Not to dredge this topic up again but, much of the difference in the character as seen in the issues from issues in the 20's to the early 40's rests with the inking. As Jack spent more time to spot the blacks in the pencils the final product became a more refined and complete version of his vision.