My “Cover” of Machine Man #2

Well, it’s been up over at the Covered blog for three or four days, so I guess I’m safe to go ahead and re-post it… If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of the Covered project, it’s pretty simple: much as a one band might cover some other band’s song, on the Covered blog cartoonists and illustrators “cover” (duplicate in their own style) comic book covers (meaning the actual cover of the book).

For some reason, when I went to select a cover to do, I was in 80s mode. It came down to either Strange Days #2 (the one with Johnny Nemo on the cover) or the one I eventually settled on: Barry Windsor Smith’s cover for issue two of the Machine Man miniseries from 1984. I remember really, really loving this series when I was a kid. I’m sure it would be pretty painful to re-read now given the era it was written in and the general plot of the story–which as I recall takes place in some imagined-in-the-80s future where everyone plays Atari all day while wearing parachute pants.  The Barry Windsor Smith artwork, though, is still really great-looking.

Anyway, here’s my “cover” of Machine Man #2 with the original below:

The original art for this is for sale here.

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