Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Stick your neck out

Here's another crazy comic book cover from the 1960s that never were. This image comes from the story Leo and I were working on (and which forms chapter 4 of the Winter book: "Fire & Sleet & Candlelight") back at the start of the year when the snow lay thick as discarded wrapping paper.

I've mentioned before how Leo's style sometimes reminds me of the great George Tuska. It's not just the inking, though that's a big part of it. But look at Jack's outstretched hand; the way Leo has drawn that is pure Tuska. It's not a big similarity and most of the time you wouldn't notice, but just occasionally I'll be looking at a single panel blown up like this and it'll jump out.

To get us in the mood for all that Transylvanian action, we threw an extra log on the fire and settled down to watch The Fearless Vampire Killers (aka Dance of the Vampires) on Leo's Kremlin-sized home movie screen. So today's cover is dedicated to Roman Polanski.

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