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Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth, Issue 1, Cover

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John S.'s picture
Posted by: John S. | February 27, 2012

Absolutely Stunning

A beautiful, classic cover. But just to clarify, Tom, is that paste-up really a photostat, or is it original, drawn art that's been glued onto the page? And now I've also gotta know...what's underneath the paste-up??

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Posted by: Tom Kraft | February 27, 2012

Paste up

Its been a while since I scanned this but I recall it being a paste-up and if you zoom in close you'll see the edges are soft like an old school stat. you also don't see the variations of tone associated with ink on paper. There also was a lot of reworks in the water around Kamandi. As we've mentioned, Mike rarely if at all used white-out so this could be a result of tinkering in the DC offices.

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Posted by: John S. | February 27, 2012

Makes Sense

Another thing I notice is that the ink marks immediately outside the paste-ups are a darker black than the ones on the rest of the picture, suggesting they may have been put in by someone other than Mike. If the Kamandi figure is a stat, I wonder if the original drawing still exists...

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Posted by: Tom Kraft | February 27, 2012

Kamandi figure

There were at least 1 other variation of this cover in the Jack Kirby Collectors. If I remember correctly, one had him smaller in the environment. It could have been that the inked version is under the stat and that they enlarged it as a stat and pasted it over the original...

Unfortunately I don't have a scan of the back since it was mounted on a board.

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Posted by: Krackles | February 27, 2012

The Devil is in the Details

Next issue… The Demon?

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Posted by: vonrex7@verizon.net | February 27, 2012

paste up?

Seems to me that TJKC ran a different shot of this cover (or an alternate Kamandi 1 cover, maybe the first attempt) where Kamandi was much smaller in the image. My guess was maybe DC wanted Kamadi bigger so Jack drew another image which was pasted in to cover the old one. Then the water had to be retouched, natch.
I'm waiting for somebody to jump in and claim this is by Giacoia... :)

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Posted by: John S. | February 27, 2012

Yeah...

...I think you're probably right about that, Von. But whatever the case may be, it's a tremendous cover.

And don't worry, this is DEFINITELY Royer!

ken bastard's picture
Posted by: ken bastard | February 28, 2012

Bittersweet

I remember when this came out and how bittersweet it was. Coming on the heels of the Fourth World's cancellation I felt this was almost a step backwards for Jack. I know Kamandi has his Rabid Fans but I was dissapointed. I warmed up to the book for awhile, especially the "Flower" issue, which I think is one of Jack's most heartbreaking tales ever. Still brings a tear to this 53 yr. old's eye.

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Posted by: Rand HOPPE | February 28, 2012

I just added the photocopy of pencils

Alan Kupperberg mentions in this article that he was responsible for the statting and paste-up.

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Posted by: patrick ford | February 29, 2012

Get it Right

This would be another great choice for a Royer recreation.

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Posted by: Rand HOPPE | February 29, 2012

Alan wrote on Facebook

"Glynis Oliver Wein did all the trade dress paste-ups. I just made the art less "tall."

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Posted by: patrick ford | February 29, 2012

Those Copies

I'd love to see Rand add many more of the pencil copies over at the Museum. I've heard about the copies for many years, and it's becoming increasingly clear I'll never see them. Of particular interest would be the near complete stats for: Captain America #103, Fantastic Four #91, The Silver Surfer Graphic Novel, Thor #144,147, 152, 154.

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