Getting Animated

Fake comic cover for Adventures of the Knight Watchman #23, with Big Bang Comics' the Knight Watchman and Pink Flamingo facing off.Here’s anoth­er fake com­ic cov­er I gen­er­at­ed for one of “The Big Bang His­to­ry of Comics” issues, this one fea­tur­ing ani­mat­ed-style ver­sions of the Knight Watch­man and his neme­sis, the Pink Flamin­go. With my pen­cils, inks and let­ter­ing, it appeared orig­i­nal­ly in black and white in Big Bang Comics #24. And now for the first time, it’s in col­or here!

I’m sure I don’t have to explain what style I’m going for here. At the time I orig­i­nal­ly did this, I believe I was like­ly still work­ing on X‑Men: the Ani­mat­ed Series. It would be awhile yet before I final­ly got the chance to work on an ani­mat­ed Bat­man project for Warn­ers, on the direct-to-video Bat­man: Mys­tery of the Bat­woman. Thanks to Curt Geda for giv­ing me the call!

Like with some of the oth­er fake cov­ers I did for Big Bang that I’ve post­ed here recent­ly, I tried to take my col­or cues from the source mate­r­i­al I was imi­tat­ing when draw­ing it. Those books were done around the time that Pho­to­shop was start­ing to be used on some comics, and though I don’t think Pho­to­shop was ever used on those Bat­man Adven­tures comics, it did appear to be hav­ing an influ­ence, in that they were clear­ly using a great­ly expand­ed col­or palette from the usu­al Gold­en, Sil­ver or Bronze age style comics cov­ers I usu­al­ly imi­tate. So it was a fun chal­lenge to try to put my head in a lit­tle dif­fer­ent place and work that out.

A unique thing about all those DC comics based on the WB car­toons was that hard-edged shad­ow col­or they used on the art. I’ve seen orig­i­nal b/w art from those comics, and they’d usu­al­ly indi­cate the shad­ow edges direct­ly on there with a fine point red felt pen (I assume drawn in by the inker). Those red lines would be dropped from the final print­ed art, but the col­orists would use them as their guides for exact place­ment of the shad­ow areas. The shad­ow col­or I’m using here is most like­ly not the same one they used back then, but it’s one I’ve used in the past that’s always worked well for me. I felt like it worked well here, too.

Hope you like it!

6 thoughts on “Getting Animated

  1. Joe musich

    Pink flamin­go is such a great col­or con­trast to the col­ors of Knight Watch­man. It makes me want to find some of the old can­dy Fizzes. Big hands grab­bing super­heroes also make the sit­u­a­tion inter­est­ing. The shad­ow­ing works nice­ly, lend­ing more oomph to my eyes for the con­trasts. I hope these col­ored cov­ers have a future venue. Thanks.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you like it. Yeah, the “giant vil­lain men­ac­ing the hero” is a fun cov­er trope that works well. It’s too bad it seemed to fall out of favor after the ’70s.

      I’ve been col­or­ing all the fake cov­ers I did for Big Bang, and send­ing them on to Gary Carl­son so he can use them at some point. I fig­ure they might be sort of used as filler/pin-ups, but I sup­pose if there are enough of them, he might even be able to fill a whole issue.

  2. Omari Hargett

    Hel­lo, my name is Omari Har­gett and I’m a fel­low cartoonist/comic book artist and writer and I just want to say I love the art. Also huge Knight Watch­man fan right here.

    Could it be pos­si­ble if you could do some more art of the Knight Watch­man and this time Kid Gala­had and the two of them fight­ing their enemies?

    1. Mark Post author

      Hi Omari,
      Glad you’re enjoy­ing my work! No cur­rent plans to do a new Knight Watch­man and Kid Gala­had piece, but who knows? Maybe if the right inspi­ra­tion hap­pens to strike.


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