This was commissioned by a very patient fellow. He gave me a lot of freedom with this piece, so I did my best to do the comic justice. I believe this is the first time I’ve had a painted background for a piece, and on it, I tried to incorporate some of John Totleben’s imagery from the issue.
Back when comics were a relatively small subculture, the Comics Buyer’s Guide was like the New York Times of its world. Before there was an internet, this was how everyone kept up on news. The impact it had on me is immeasurable.