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Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #129

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My pal Funky dropped me a line to tell me that former Wildstorm top editor, Scott Dunbier, has started up his own blog, and it is AWESOME. Check it out here.

In it, Dunbier sheds light on some interesting stories he's been privy to in comics, like the aforementioned Gil Kane story.

Remember Wildcats/Aliens? It was an inter-company crossover between Wildstorm and Dark Horse, and it resulted in a lot of cool Wildstorm characters from the book Stormwatch being killed off by the Aliens.

Dunbier hired Gil Kane to pencil the one-shot, with Kevin Nowlan on inks. Kane eventually had to back out due to health problems (he died a couple of years later), but not before he produced an...interesting cover for the project.

Here is Dunbier describing the cover he wanted Kane to produce...

My idea was to have the image feature two characters, Zealot from the WildC.A.T.s and, from the Dark Horse side, an Alien. It would be dramatic and, more importantly, save time--a full team shot would take longer to draw. I told him I wanted the two characters prominently displayed; on one side would be the Alien, looming large behind Zealot, who has her sword drawn up. I asked Gil to make her expression defiant, not fearful. To establish the location, on the Stormwatch satellite, I asked that he put a porthole somewhere with the Earth visible through it. I had already sent Gil all the reference for the WildC.A.T.s and Stormwatch characters and he said he didn't need any for the Aliens. He told me he could turn the piece around by the next day and, since time was a major issue, would Fed-ex it directly to Kevin and fax it to me. In the end Gil didn't send the fax, that old Fed-Ex deadline was too tight for him to make a copy.

And Kane gave him what he wanted...except, apparently, Kane had just taken "Alien" to mean "draw an alien," because what he delivered was...

Nowlan then worked double time to fix it before the image was due to be published in an ad in Wizard.

Amazing, huh?

Just like Scott Dunbier's blog! Check it out!! He has a great Michael Moorcock story on his blog at the moment!

A reader pointed out to me that Steven Grant linked to the story in his column a month ago. Here is the link to Steven's column! Sorry, Steven! Steven also added that Kane's take on the story was "They only told me 'draw an alien.'"

Thanks to Funky for letting me know about the blog, and thanks to Scott Dunbier for sharing the information with the world. And thanks, also, to Steven Grant, for that extra information!

Okay, that's it for this week!

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is cronb01@aol.com.

See you next week!

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