Tuesday, January 19, 2016


On a previous page’s description, I complained that the first two installments of “The Mark” re-launch, in Dark Horse Comics #14 and  #15, was/were one of the most difficult assignments of my professional career. I re-iterate that statement, especially in regard to this installment. The next six pages practically killed me. Each panel was a multi-character establish with few short cuts allowed. Plus, I had to draw lots of guns and military hardware, something I have difficulty with. I complained about it to my editor, Bob Schreck. He matter-of-factly told me to suck it up and take one for the team. “Sometimes things are just this way and you have to get through it” (or something like that—it was over 20 years ago, so I might not be 100% accurate in my memory). He’s right, of course, but it reminds me of what I tell people who exclaim how much fun it must be to have my career: “Anything you do for a living turns into a job.”

This is page #7 from Dark Horse Comics #15, “The Mark: What Goes Around”, written by Mike Barr, drawn by Brad Rader, published in December, 1993.

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