Friday, February 24, 2012

ROM #44 re-covered by Brian Garvey of the amazing inking team Akin & Garvey

I couldn't find any corresponding information with the cover variant art work so I don't know if this was something that Garvey came up with back then as an alternative or if this is more something he did years later as an after thought. Akin & Garvey were the inking team that so amazingly complimented Sal Buscema's amazing penciling from issues 36 through 50 (October 1982 - January 1984). That was hands down the best period in terms of interior art for the series.
The uncolored panel to the left is from ROM #43 (1983). This is one of the best examples of what I'm talking about when I say what an amazing team these three artists were together. The sense of horror and shock is so well conveyed through Buscema's penciling with the extra added benefit of the bold and rich ink lines giving the image almost 3-D effect. No doubt most of you will recognize this as the ROM clone that resulted in the ill fated bargain he struck with Quasimodo The Living Computer. Be sure to left click and magnify the images.

This posting was going to be for February 1st but I bumped it up to today in favor of my "Postcards from Galador" posting to kick off next month with. Your all gonna love it I promise.

9 comments:

  1. Very cool David Loved the original cover and this variant looks Amazing!!!

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  2. David,

    That ROM "variant" is from the "1-Minute Later" meme that was popular a few years back.

    I remember seeing this one back then.

    If I'm not mistaken, the "1-Minute Later" concept was the brainchild of a comic art collector who commissioned artists to compose covers that presented what would happen in the following minute of some classic cover or other.

    There are many places on the web to find the "1-Minute Later" artwork, but you can see most of them at this ComicArtFans page:

    http://www.comicartfans.com/galleryroom.asp?gsub=26452

    So, sadly, this was never meant to be an alternate cover or any kind of variant. It is a recent commission piece.

    I hope this doesn't disappoint you. I'm just trying to use my useless super-power of knowing pointless comic trivia for the good of all.

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  3. An additional second or two of nerdly research shows that the name of the guy who commissions these types of things is Michael Finn.

    His gallery of ALL the "1-minute later" pieces can be found here:

    http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=9834

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    1. those links were awesome thanks! and just for the record ~P~ there was nothing useless about your comments. i did happen to find this alternate cover at Comicartfans.com but i didn't know about this whole "1 minute later" thing.

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  4. Thanks for posting this up. Its me, Michael Finn, and One Minute Later is my theme. I wanted a Rom cover to have the OML treatment and I'm happy you guys like it. Thanks so much. Michael

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    1. and thank you Michael for dropping by.

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  5. That's too cool. I wish I had the money to have that done. Of course I also wish I had the money to have the last issues of Rom done with GOOD art instead of the monstrosities that Ditko put out.

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    1. the wretched art work during the Dikto period on ROM was one of my earliest postings. that came close to ruining my child hood.

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  6. That is an awesome recover - it's amazing how just a change of perspective can alter so much!

    Look forward to the postcard feature mr - sounds fun!

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