Covers for comic books I’ll never get round to producing, part seventy-five

To celebrate making it to 75 of these stupid posts I thought I’d take us on a retrotastic voyage back to 1982 and Firestorm, volume 2, issue 1 for the occasion.

Cover 173 – Meltdown Issue One

The reason I was messing around with ShadowPlay incidentally was that I needed a screen grab of the FX for the new Atomic power set in DCUO on the character creation screen as the usual screenshot methods didn’t show it.

I massively enjoyed recreating the vintage branding and indicia which is so much more vibrant and exciting than the corporate and sterile stuff we have these days.  I’ve no intention of Meltdown becoming a regular thing (the amount of work alone in creating a new set of creases on the covers each time would be stupid even if I had that many old books to work with) but the DC house style and The Fury  of Firestorm The Nuclear Man in particular altered about six times in the first 30 issues, not counting minor variations so it’s tempting to revisit her in future…

Covers for comic books I’ll never get round to producing, part seventy-four

I gave recording the screen using ShadowPlay a try to see if it resulted in any better a screen grab since I wouldn’t be trying to line up the camera and play the game as the same time.

Cover 172 – Mercury Flow Issue Seven

All I’ve ended up with is the inconvenience of not having the UI on show during recording, thousands of frames of video to look through and the same sort of over the shoulder shot as we usually do…

Covers for comic books I’ll never get round to producing, part seventy-three

You know the month after the first Mercury Flow cover I tweaked the “Mercury” bit of the logo a bit because it just didn’t look right. But every month since it still didn’t look right so I tweaked it again, until we get to this month and I’m beginning to wonder to myself if I was doing something stupid like changing it but forgetting to save the file at the end…

Cover 171 – Mercury Flow Issue Six

Now I’m happy with it and the “flow” part looks weird…

Covers for comic books I’ll never get round to producing, part seventy-two

Archer has reached level 30 in-game which means a “final issue” cover.  Unlike the final Will to Power offering where I knew what it would be pretty much from the start, I didn’t really have any idea what to do for this until about the end of August when I recalled the promotional images for Arrow Season 2.

Somewhat fitting then that we ditch the comic livery and go back to where she started with a pastiche of the TV show as she reaches the final destination of her Dark Path…

Cover 170 – Archer Issue 30

Covers for comic books I’ll never get round to producing, part seventy-one

There’s what appears to be a big-sized Professor Zoom towering over The Flash on this months cover so what are the odds that there’s a big-sized Felix Faust at the end of the mission chain reached around Level 5 for certain characters in DCUO?

Cover 169 – Mercury Flow Issue Five

Pretty high apparently…