Well this time around I probably should have asked what they wanted first. They needed them turned around pretty quick, and once I found out what they wanted....I realized quick was not going to be an option.
IDW has run a few homage covers lately, where they take their characters and place them in similar compositions as classic comic covers. i.e. this Transformers/ Uncanny X-Men #1 homage
So they had another classic cover in mind for me. The Crisis on Infinite Earths cover#7 (1985) by none other than George "I can't draw too many lines" Perez!
Now this cover has already be homaged to death...no pun intended....seriously it's been done a lot.
Though in an interesting twist this Uncanny X-Men Cover by John Byrne was done 5 years previous (1980).
This is where I come in. I had just got done talking to someone about how I don't really appreciate homage covers, because I rarely feel like the new version does the original justice. What can be brought to the table the improves on the original? Well I hunkered down and got started anyway.
My initial prelim sketch, this is about 3 inches wide.
GI JOE COVER - 092
This sketch was approved and I started on the pencils. I quickly realized this was taking forever and I had to submit the unfinished pencils for approval if I was going to get it done in time.
I ended up finishing most of the line art for the cover in the inking stage going straight to inks for a lot of the background characters. I didn't have time to sketch out the details first. Luckily I really know these characters and vehicles and it wasn't that difficult.
We brought on Mark Roberts to color this cover for us, as well as the other associated homage covers. If you remember he colored up my Thundercats images for that themed week. After running through that gauntlet for me, I knew he was up for the task. This is his first IDW, GI JOE work!
Now before anyone FREAKS out, Scarlett does not die in this issue!! It is just an homage and she was an appropriate female to fit the pose. Please don't send me hate mail for killing Scarlett. I've already gotten emails about this. heh.
After the process, I still feel like I didn't add anything to the original. I mean seriously that cover is regarded as one of the best and most influential cover in comics. But I can see the appeal now. Seeing the characters from a property that the fans love, in such a classic composition and/or pose has a fun nostalgic feal.
In the end, it was a ton of work. But certainly worth the time and fun I had doing it!