When Don Rosa makes an appearance at a convention he always has an assortment of prints with him.
A large number of these prints are famous comic book covers with the original characters replaced with characters from the Duck Universe.
I always loved that idea and one boring winter day I thought it would be fun to take a shot at making one myself. The cover I chose was Fantastic Four #49 drawn by the King himself, Jack Kirby.
The issue, “If This Be Doomsday!”, was the continuation of the first appearance of the villain Galactus in the the Marvel Universe. It is a classic comic in every sense of the word, and one of my favorite comic covers of all time.
In my version I chose to reverse the roles. Galactus and Silver Surfer would be Scrooge and Donald while the Fantastic Four would be filled by various members of the Beagle Boys Gang.
I really liked how the drawing turned out. If I could change something about it, I would change the Beagle Boys. They come off as being flat to me, and I would have liked them to be more dynamic, to actually convey a sense of movement and pop off the page. When I was done with the drawing, I scanned the image in and did some basic flat coloring. I never went back and did any shading on it though.
Douglas Frey goes by the screen name of Darkwaterfrey over on the Deviant Art page and produces some of the most amazingly detailed pieces. If I remember correctly I first stumbled upon Doug’s work while surfing through other people’s friends pages over on Livejournal, where for a long time I maintained a blog and followed others.
I think what probably got my interest the most was his series of Katmandi pictures. I am a HUGE Jack Kirby fan and his comic Kamandi is to this day one of my all time favorite works by him. When I saw Doug doing these pictures with a new take on the character I just had to keep watching in the hope of seeing more. Doug has since gone on to complete a whole story based on Katmandi which he then did a small print run of (Which reminds me, I never got around to ordering a copy of that… Have to get on that!)
The way in which Doug does his coloring is wonderful. In a world over run with digital coloring it is nice to see someone still creating in a good old fashion real medium! Water color is something that I have been playing around with as of late, so I know how hard it is to use. Doug makes it look perfect. He creates a level of excellance in these pages that I dream of reaching!