This is the cover for The Mark, issue #4, Volume #2, also known as “The Mark In America”. On the left is my original pencil design for the cover; on the right is the design as printed. The cover was painted by Jim Rhon, creator of “The Holo Brothers”.
My experience of working with Bob Schreck, my editor on “The Mark” was that he was an extremely hands off editor, almost to the point where I was unsure whether or not he was actually looking at my work. In this instance I was surprised when Bob rejected this cover after I had done a tight pencil. He was quite apologetic but said he couldn’t use this as a cover, that the figure of the main character was lost in the pile of storm-trouper bodies, that it was a big mess. Not to worry; I’d still be paid. Bob would commission Jim Rhon, who had painted all the covers thus far, to do an alternate version so things would look consistent and everything would be cool.
On one hand I was vaguely pleased; his objection to this specific cover meant that he actually liked the other stuff I’d done. On the other… all I can say is, there’s no accounting for taste. I definitely prefer my version to that which saw print.
This is the Cover for "The Mark" issue 4, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in March 1994. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader and Jim Rohn.