-By David Palumbo
The first thing I do is thumbnail. Depending on the assignment this can be anywhere from two to 12 pages like these above. I'm in a loose frame of mind thinking entirely about shape and message. This particular cover was to be the first in a series and the publisher (Dark Horse Comics) wanted to have a pulpy sort of vibe. In the story, our hero is a hard boiled detective type who faces off against a big green skinned monster in a version of Earth where mid-20th century Manhattan is half underwater. I keyed in mostly on the sinking city and the detective being stalked by the monster.