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...what a concept. Not too popular with all the fanboy writers and editors working for the Big Two. I'm surprised they haven't busted up this relationship yet. Or have they, when I wasn't looking?
There's no Mike Royer lettering on this cover. The word balloon was done by someone in DC's production department.
That would explain why the word balloon is placed so badly with such a long tail.
Ask Rand Hoppe to show the real cover pencils. Somebody at DC went a little nuts...
A lot of times on these covers they would put in dialogue balloons or blurbs (captions) to fill up the 'holes' (empty spaces) in the artwork. In this case, a blurb would have been more appropriate, in order to avoid the 'pointed' problem Krackles mentions here.
What is up with all that white out? Was there a whole 'nother character or something in there?
...is not accounted for, though he doesn't seem like a perfect fit for that space.
There was a big shadow on the "shadow-side" of the rocks and no "eye-hole" on Darkseid's silhouette. Check out the original pencils.Rand?
I doubt if there was another character in there -- probably not enough space. It looks like someone in DC's production department just retouched the rocks a bit when they added the balloon. It'd be interesting to see the original pencilled version and do a comparison. I think it was printed in the Kirby Collector at some point, but I can't recall the issue number.
It's also possible that someone in production added the white-out 'halo' around the figures beneath Darkseid's shadow (although that could have been done by Royer as well), for greater pictorial separation, since the shadow is printed in dark purple, not black, on the actual comic -- a standard production trick DC was using regularly at the time.
It could also be that there was too much going on with the rock in detail and shadow that they wanted more emphasis on Darkseid's shadow. Funny they had to add in the eye with white out to the silhouette so the reader could recognize the shadow more clearly as Darkseid. I'm tempted to play with it and black out the eye.
… the case, I would guess.
Also, instead of texture, I believe Kirby had put a lot more shadows on the side of the rock to balance his composition.
That way, Lightray probably standed out more and I suspect Kirby didn't intend to focus that much on Darkseid's shadow. Did he want to blend it on the rock to somehow manage a surprise at a second glance?
Anyway, whatever Kirby tried, somebody thought otherwise and decided not to follow Kirby's first intention..
"It could also be that there was too much going on with the rock in detail and shadow that they wanted more emphasis on Darkseid's shadow." That's a good point, Frank. I'd say that was probably the case. In fact, if you look closely at the shadow, you can see some distinct variations in the blackness of the ink; such that it looks like Mike may have originally extended the white crags farther across the face, but then either he or someone in the New York office blacked them out for purposes of clarity.
Umm this is probably mentioned already but..uh.. how many fingers was Lightray suppose to have on his right hand? zoom in and count..
That sixth finger looks like a Mike Royer slip-up, but of course, Adler's people didn't have to follow it when coloring.
...we can see that it's just where Lightray's fingers intersected with the shadow across Dr. Bedlam's stomach. But it's easy to see why someone would misinterpret it as a finger.
Wow! I just realized that the big shadow they whited out on the right side of that rock is the shadow of Darkseid's raised FIST! That makes a difference in the whole picture!
Can somebody post the pencils for this page?
Pete Von Sholly said, "Wow! I just realized that the big shadow they whited out on the right side of that rock is the shadow of Darkseid's raised FIST!"
Y'know I was thinking it could have been something like that that was whited out.
The missing fist explains a lot. What always seemed really weird was that Darkseid was clearly on the left but ALL the charcters are looking straight ahead… i.e. NOT at Darkseid.
I thought that was a very weird and uncharacteristic MISTAKE on Jack’s part until I looked at the pencils and now it all makes sense. They are looking at his fist which seems about to strike. Is there a way I can post the pencils or send them to someone who can? If you all want to see them I mean?
Maybe Tom can set up a link. Where did you see the pencilled page? Was it in the Kirby Collector?
Stephen is right. Whoever made the changes should have been just as concerned with Lightray's hand as they were with Darkseid's shadow. Check it out on the printed comic if you have a copy. It's even colored as six digits!
You can send it to Tom and he'd get it up there. If it's a link you can copy and paste or drag the link unto your comment box.