It was recently pointed out to me that in Savage Dragon #235, Erik Larsen had reprinted a bit of my old Big Bang Comics work. This was originally part of a larger storyline (I believe called “The Timebomber”) spread over three issues, where Erik had loaned Big Bang Editor Gary Carlson the use of his Savage Dragon character, and Dragon was being bounced around through time, interacting with multiple Big Bang characters in different eras.
Gary had me contributing to this story in several ways, but the one that’s relevant here is that I penciled and lettered a three page segment (nicely inked by Patrick Tuller), where Dragon met up with Big Bang’s Dr. Weird. It originally appeared in Big Bang Comics #12. I chose to draw it in the style of Golden Age comics artist Bernard Baily, probably best known for his work on DC’s Spectre and Hour-Man strips. I also attempted to match the lettering seen on those strips, which I’d assume is Baily’s, but I don’t know for certain.
Back when I was originally working on this, there were hopes that the issue might be printed in color, but it ended up in b/w. Because there had been that chance though, I actually had done some color guides for the segment, and I think I mailed color photocopies of them to Gary.
Fast forward to this three-pager’s appearance in Savage Dragon #235: Finally it gets to be seen in color! Even if anyone had remembered their existence, the copies of my original color guides were likely nowhere to be found, so this was recolored from scratch. I thought perhaps visitors here might enjoy comparing the two versions, seeing where some choices are the same, and others are different.
Just a couple of comments/observations about the new version. I appreciate the fact that the colorist who did this for re-publication stuck with the old school color palette. When you’re trying to do something that looks and feels like a genuine old comic, nothing ruins the illusion faster than a color approach that isn’t from that time period!
Also, I noticed that a sort of ending caption was added at the end of page 3 that wasn’t part of the original. Whoever did it either recycled portions of the lettering I had done earlier in the story to get what they needed, or attempted to letter it from scratch so that it looked like my faux Bernard Baily lettering. Either way: again, trying to preserve the illusion that this was the real deal. So: thumbs up for all of that!