I generally prefer doing my own thing but every now and again, I'll make myself available for this kind of work. When I agreed to do the cover for the next issue of Roger Keel's Jack Banyon, Roger had a very specific idea of what he wanted... and it's a fine idea, I just wasn't sure I'd be able to pull it off but I guess we need to challenge ourselves sometimes so I did here. In the end, I'n not entirely happy with what I did but I'm not entirely unhappy either. I tried to do a little bit of a golden age style to match the tone of the book but I was having a hard enough time just trying to get him what he'd asked for! Anyway, for any who might be curious, here are Roger's directions:
"In the foreground we can see Jack at the right of the cover, he is standing in the rear of a boat. He has one foot on the gunnel of the boat and is in a struggle with a man in a Nazi uniform. The Nazi is on another boat a the left of the cover in a similar pose. The Nazi has a gun (Luger??) in one hand. Jack is holding that hand and it is pointing up in the air. They are grabbing each other with their other hands. We can see a woman ( dark hair) holding a young boy( dark hair), in Jack’s boat. She is near to Jack and in the foreground.
In the Nazi’s boat we can see the driver, man with thin mustache. (see notes at the end)
In the middle of the cover, behind Jack and the Nazi we can see the long neck and open mouth of a sea monster (Nessie).
If possible show a ruin castle in the far background, on the land.
The driver of the Nazi boat: Rupert Jones: About 5’ 10” thin, longish face. Thin moustache, slicked back hair. Smokes cigarette in holder. Has snooty expression on his face at all time. Well dressed. Perhaps with a cravat around his neck. He is about 40 in age.
I can send you a sizable Stone Island Comics logo.
You can create a cover logo to suit the art.
Add Mine and John Lambert’s name to the cover. "