The Supreme Allied Commando!

Here’s anoth­er fake cov­er I drew for Big Bang’s His­to­ry issues. Not only fresh­ly col­ored, but also inked for the first time! A lot of fake cov­ers need­ed to be gen­er­at­ed for those issues, and there was­n’t time to ink them all. Since they were being print­ed pret­ty small, it was okay if some of them were in pen­cils, as long as they were fair­ly clean and tight.

Gary Carl­son had incor­po­rat­ed into the Badge’s back sto­ry that at a cer­tain point dur­ing WWII, he took up anoth­er name for a time and changed his uni­form accord­ing­ly, going into action as the Supreme Allied Com­man­do. I think this is the first time he’s appeared in col­or in this garb.

Ini­tial­ly when I first tack­led design­ing the Badge, I took my inspi­ra­tion from the heroes Simon and Kir­by cre­at­ed for DC (prob­a­bly the Guardian espe­cial­ly). For this ver­sion, I looked back at what they had been doing with Cap­tain Amer­i­ca, of course.

While Cap­tain Amer­i­ca was a patri­ot­ic super­hero (the prime one peo­ple think of from WWII), I real­ized awhile back that Simon and Kir­by’s Cap sto­ries also had some­thing else going on. There was a def­i­nite influ­ence from the “weird men­ace” pulp genre, with the kind of foes they went up against. It was even on the cov­ers, with the mad sci­en­tists per­form­ing unspeak­able exper­i­ments, evil hench­men, deformed mon­sters, and odd men in hood­ed robes who would some­times throw axes. Strange­ly, I’ve rarely heard any­one else call­ing atten­tion to that influence.

That’s why all those things are present here. I even came up with names for the two main bad guys that I jot­ted down on the out­side bor­der of my cov­er: Dr. Von Mungler and his hench­man Oggar.

Enjoy! And with the tim­ing of this post­ing, I wish you a Hap­py Inde­pen­dence Day!

2 thoughts on “The Supreme Allied Commando!

  1. Joseph Musich

    The extreme­ly exag­ger­at­ed facial fea­tures and hair does get me. I won­der what influ­ence any of this style of cov­er had on Mel Brooks’s Young Franken­stein? Mar­ty Feldman’s char­ac­ter in the movie exudes the Simon Kir­by Lewis char­ac­ters. Good point about the pulp cov­ers. So true.
    This cov­er is par­tic­u­lar­ly bril­liant even with your bright pre­sen­ta­tions. I love it. The issue num­ber as you did it is in keep­ing with some of those very ear­ly covers.
    Your work out there to inspire we the view­ers is appreciated.

    1. Mark Post author

      Very glad you’re enjoy­ing this.
      Yeah, try­ing to stick to col­or schemes used on the old cov­ers this one was inspired by led to my some­times mak­ing col­or choic­es I prob­a­bly would­n’t have, if left to my own devices. But it makes for a more authen­tic-feel­ing result, when you’re try­ing to evoke a par­tic­u­lar peri­od look or feel.


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