Even tho dandy Dave Cockrum created a ton of colossal cover designs, fantastic finished covers, and incredible interior art, not all of his images thrilled editors and powers-that-were at Marvel! Look below to check out this 1976 NOVA cover Dave drew, which was soon deemed to be "unexciting!" Editor Marv Wolfman swiftly steered the cover assignment to Jack "King" Kirby, and the rest is history! Click below to peek behind the scenes and see the step-by-step course this memorable image took, from inception to production!
|Above: Dave Cockrum's illustration for the cover of NOVA #7! Take a look at Marv Wolfman's |
scribbled notes about the various details of the cover he found lacking...
|Above: A frantically-doodled sketch (by Wolfman?) detailing what is needed is sent |
to artist Jack Kirby, who had just recently returned to Marvel after a stint at rival DC!
Note is from John Verpoorten, Marvel's production maven at the time!
|Above: Jack KIrby's original pencil art for the cover!|
|Above, left: Inks (by Joe Sinnott) are applied over Kirby's pencils, |
creating a terrific and attention-grabbing final cover (right)! Thanks
to the 30-CENT JACK KIRBY GALLERY and the JACK KIRBY MUSEUM
AND RESEARCH CENTER for above images!