Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Conan The Revision!
This pair of images clearly demonstrate how a comic book cover is revised. The original unpublished version of the cover has all the action in the very top, and visually it's unclear what is actually happening. The published cover spreads the action out and gives us clearer views of the each individual, including the flying demon himself. The fight also seems to be higher and farther away from the tower itself.
This isn't one of Smith's greater covers, despite its intricate detail, but shows very well an artist in transition.
Here's another version of this vivid cover with more subdued coloring.