Saturday, April 9, 2016


For issue #3, I’ll be posting my rough layouts along with each page. Since the writer, Mike Barr, and I were working “Marvel Style” (in that he gave me a fairly fleshed out plot outline as opposed to a finished script, writing the dialogue and captions to my penciled pages) I suggested possible dialogue to go along with my staging, anticipating that Mike, or the editor, Bob Schreck, would ask for changes in my layouts before I went into the tight pencils.

Mike Barr, the writer, came up with the dialogue in panel 1. Pretty droll, right? He was getting into the spirit of things, I’d say.
Speaking of Jack Kirby, his influence tends to be more visible on action pages such as this. The “cuts” on the leaping figure in panel 2 are about as abstractly Kirby-esque as I could bring myself to get, try as I might. Another, more subtle influence is the way the background drops out to the right of the panel; the backgrounds usually go away in Kirby fight scenes.

This is page 8 for "The Mark" issue 3, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in January 1994. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader

Previous pages from “The Mark in America” are archived on the blog page of my website,

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