Venus Vs. Cupid

Fake comics cover for Big Bang Comics' Venus #169, with Ares looming in the backgroundI’m adding anoth­er to the group of fake cov­ers I had a hand in cre­at­ing some­time back for “The Big Bang His­to­ry of Comics” issues of Big Bang Comics. Cred­its on this one take a lit­tle expla­na­tion. Pen­cils were by Frank Squil­lace, inks and let­ter­ing by me. Frank did a col­or comp on a pho­to­copy with mark­ers, which I marked up with col­or for­mu­la call­outs to cre­ate a col­orist guide.

This cov­er end­ed up being repur­posed as an actu­al Big Bang cov­er for issue #34, with dif­fer­ent trade dress. For that instance, I believe some­one at Image actu­al­ly gen­er­at­ed the col­or file used to print it, based on the col­or guide we’d pro­vid­ed. I don’t think I actu­al­ly did that one myself in Pho­to­shop, because after much search­ing, I don’t seem to have a file for it. Which means the ver­sion you see here has been total­ly recol­ored by me from scratch in Pho­to­shop, ref­er­enc­ing the col­or guide. I tweaked the ren­der­ing in a few spots to plus what was in the print­ed ver­sion a lit­tle bit, so a sharp eye might spot some of those differences.

I sus­pect most vis­i­tors will imme­di­ate­ly real­ize that Frank and I were shoot­ing for a Jack Kir­by style here. I always thought of Big Bang as sort of “comics his­to­ry through a fun­house mir­ror.” It’s known that when Jack Kir­by jumped from Mar­vel to DC, they offered him any book he want­ed. Jack was­n’t com­fort­able with putting any­one out of work, so he said, “give me your least-sell­ing book.” That’s how Jim­my Olsen end­ed up as part of Jack­’s Fourth World Saga at DC. Any­one who’s stud­ied Jack­’s work knows he had a life­long fas­ci­na­tion with myths and leg­ends. So I thought, what if instead of Jim­my Olsen, Jack had tak­en on Won­der Woman? In Big Bang terms, that would’ve trans­lat­ed to Joe Kingler (Big Bang’s Kir­by equiv­a­lent) tak­ing on the char­ac­ter Venus.

This is the first time this has appeared in col­or with the orig­i­nal Venus mast­head. Hope you enjoy it!

4 thoughts on “Venus Vs. Cupid

    1. Mark Post author

      Thanks! I can only take par­tial cred­it, as Frank Squil­lace had a big hand in this cov­er too. This actu­al­ly did appear (with dif­fer­ent trade dress) as the cov­er of Big Bang Comics #34. I believe the inte­ri­or sto­ry was inspired by this cov­er, though nei­ther Frank nor I were involved with that.

  1. joe musich

    Per­fect. I like the changes from the Image book, par­tic­u­lar­ly the char­ac­ter name being the title. You did stay with the Venus font from the Image book tho I think? The char­ac­ter col­ors are also brighter. Much appre­ci­ate your efforts at mak­ing the changes. Thanks.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you like it. This was how the cov­er was orig­i­nal­ly done. When it was decid­ed to actu­al­ly use this for the cov­er of an issue of Big Bang, I retooled the mast­head using the same font. The col­ors are the same for­mu­las that were used originally…maybe the dif­fer­ence is this is out­put direct­ly from Pho­to­shop, as opposed to a scan of the print­ed ver­sion (which is what you’re most like­ly to find online)?


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