Behold, true believers and rama readers! Next weekend is the Emerald City Comic Con, and here we have a sneak peek at one of the exclusive items available.
Drawn by Jeremy Dale and inked by his wife, Kelly, this print re-envisions the cover to Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, but this time starring Stan Lee and Brian Michael Bendis. Blog@ spoke to Dale about this piece and his experience making it.
“Tim Daniel at Hidden Robot approached me through the Bendisboards recently, wanting to do something special for the appearance of both Stan Lee and Brian Michael Bendis at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con. He had a general idea in mind of what he wanted, the whole ‘homage to Amazing Fantasy with the two leads replaced with Lee & Bendis’, but really wanted us to make it our own.”
Dale added “From there, Joe Eisma and I took off and did our own thing (both versions can be seen at here ). I really love how both turned out, and thrilled to be part of the experience– it was a great change of pace from the typical daily work I have, drawing comics in the studio.”
How long was this piece in the works, now? “The initial prompt for the idea came about a month ago– we started and finished work on it a couple days ago. My piece was inked by Kelly Dale and colored by Nate Lovett. Couldn’t ask for an easier team to work with.”
Dale was ecstatic when he learned Bendis loved it. “Yeah, Bendis saw it when it was posted on the Bendisboards (or through Twitter– it happened all at the same time, so I’m not entirely sure) and was really surprised, saying ‘Well done! Totally flattered’ through his Twitter.”
He continued with “This project was really appealing to me in that it captures the fun in comics. I’m really honored to have been a part of it. I’m sure it’ll go over extremely well at the show. It’s definitely one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on so far in my career in comics… mmmmaybe even over G.I. Joe? We’ll see in time, I suppose.”
There is a bit of irony with this print though. “Coincedentally, I won’t even BE at Emerald City– I had originally planned to set up there this year, but when I realized Megacon was the same weekend (a show I’ve been a guest at for years now), I had to back out of ECCC. So swing by MegaCon if you wanna see me at a con that weekend. I’ll be in Artist’s Alley, drawing as fast as I can for the fans.”
You can see more of Jeremy’s art, projects, and even the step-by-step on this print at his site.