Ghost Rider -- pencilled by Bob Budiansky, inked by Dave Simons.
This has become the classic cover. I wonder how many readers knew the Tod Browning film?
I just drew the Watcher and those three circles. The images were pasted in. The Hulk story was pencilled and inked by me, tho. I forget who did the others.
Note the filing cabinet drawer, commonplace in offices in the 80s, a relic now. I had a lot of trouble working out the figure with the axe until Vincent Waller posed for me. I penciled and inked the inside, too.
I had lobbied to draw this book. I got to show what I could do on Ghost Rider solo, and draw lots of motorcycles. Pencils and inks on the story were by me, too.
Another one where I had to use a live model. That's why the figure of Fury is more well-drawn than the others on the cover. Well, except maybe the Ray and the Black Condor, which I think I cribbed straight from Lou Fine. Call it a tribute, okay?!
Machine Man cover pencilled by Rich Buckler. I think I had finally gotten the hang of 'superhero inking' on the Machine Man cover.
These covers were done when I was trying for a simpler, bolder look. I was somewhat influenced here by Carmine Infantino's design sense on the old Flash covers.
Marvel Team-Up, pencils by Frank 'Sin City' Miller
People love this cover. I look at it and see drawing errors. I think what they respond to is the energy in it, and the little bits of business I put in with the Avengers in the back. Hawkeye looks like he's having fun!
I was trying very hard to draw well on this one. Larry Hama was the editor and is an artist as well, so I was looking at a lot of Hal Foster and Gustave Dore at the time. Note the "pirate-y" look of the costumes. Adam Ant was popular then. Armando Gil and I once got geared up in scarves and leather and crap to go to one of his shows.
DAVE SIMONS COVER ART CHECK-LIST
The Amazing Spider-Man
Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins
Kull the Conqueror (Volume III)
The Official Marvel Index to the Fantastic Four
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man
Power Man and Iron Fist
Red Sonja (Volume II)
Red Sonja (Volume III)
The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior
Web of Spider-Man
What if? (Volume I)
What if? (Volume II)
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Editorial copyright 2009 Daniel Best
All characters copyright 2009 Their Respective Owners
Dave's career in comics wasn't merely limited to inking interiors. He also produced his fair share of cover art. Be it inking or be it penciling - or even painting - Dave's covers came to life with a vibrancy that equalled any of his peers at the time. Best known for his stellar run of covers over Bob Budiansky on their Ghost Rider run (and beyond) Dave's cover art is a definite showcase. One look will tell you why Dave's covers are in high demand.
The (Disco) Dazzler! I'd forgotten I'd done this until Danny put it up on the site. I think this is one of my better ink jobs on a cover. It's unusual because of the penciller: Frank Springer. It wasn't every day you got an opportunity to ink Springer. Note the pre-X-Men Rogue, before her story had been fleshed out. She looks much older here than the teenager she later became!
I really enjoyed Forgotten Realms. Astonishing to see how much of it I did. This was Rags Morales' debut series and I really dug working over his pencils. Maybe we'll team up again some day!
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