For the 200th issue of FCA (appearing in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego #141), I was approached by editor P.C. Hamerlinck with a challenge. A collector named Harry Matesky had bought the original art for the cover of Captain Marvel Adventures #2 (you can see the published comic here.), and made a discovery. The head of Captain Marvel on the published cover was actually a paste-up, and underneath it was a different drawing! P.C. asked if I would be willing to try to complete the original head, so we could see what the cover might have looked like if C.C. Beck had gone ahead and finished it. Game on!
I was provided with high res scans of both the original cover art as published, and a photocopy of the art with the original head removed. It was a bit more tricky than a simple “connect the dots” exercise, as the outer contour of Captain Marvel’s face was basically missing. I heavily referenced the way Beck drew him, trying to make it look as much as possible like his work. And it had to dovetail into the existing linework as seamlessly as possible.
Once I had it inked (digitally), I had to digitally paste up the restored head over the clean scan of the published cover art. At this point in the restoration, I ran into an unforeseen difficulty. As some of you might know, photocopiers can sometimes introduce a bit of distortion or skewing into their output. For most everyday copier uses, you don’t notice something like that, and it’s not a problem. But here, where I really needed the two versions to line up accurately, it was a problem.
After I was finally able to get it sorted out to my satisfaction, I then had a clean new/old black and white original for the cover, which I colored to match the original published version. It appeared as the cover for FCA #200, which I believe is available right now. But here, you get to see it with all the original Captain Marvel Adventures masthead copy intact. It was fun to get to collaborate with C.C. Beck a little bit here, across the gulf of time and space!