At conventions there is a growing trend in sketch collecting. Publishers will print new titles with a blank cover, which allows artists to draw and make a custom cover to the book. I've probably drawn on 30-40 of these at least. At first I despised it because the cover stock was very difficult to draw on, and if you inked it, often your drawing would smear. Over the last couple of years, the cover paper has refined and become much more artist friendly.
Also, I've very rarely drawn any cover recreations. Actually just one before this, and it was an exact recreation. I generally prefer not to, it's not that I have an overwhelming objection to it, but I just have an appreciation for the original. I don't even feel I can add anything to that, so what is the point.
In this case someone asked me specifically to recreate the cover to GI Joe #46. I loved this cover ever since I had seen it. Knowing Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow's history and seeing them together, with all the anticipation of what might happen in the book. Simply an outstanding cover by Mike Zeck.
As a fan, I thought it would be fun to pay homage to this classic image. I wasn't intending to go line for line on this. In fact I drew most of it from memory in the hotel room of a couple of buddies at SuperShow last Spring. When I place them side by side you can see all the difference, but I think it was fun to do in my style.