Sadly, the paper quality was unavoidably terrible, but 1986’s Speakeasy #68 featured “studies of Miracleman and his ancestry” from John Totleben’s sketchbook. Preperation work for the third book of Miracleman/Marvelman, I think it’s well worth posting here despite the inevitably poor reproduction. (Speakeasy was, whether in its glossier later years or not, a fine fanzine/magazine.)
Long out of print, Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse’s Bojeffries Saga will finally be re-released in 2014. I’m so fond of the strip that even finding the above advert in 1992’s The Comics Journal #158 - with art I’ve never seen before - felt like a little event.
Dave McKean’s pencils for the cover of 1988’s John Constantine Hellblazer #1 were used for this DC advert, along with fulsome words of praise for the title by Constantine’s co-creator Alan Moore. The colour version of the cover - sans copy - appears below, along with the Vertigo trading card which made use of it in 1994;
"I know the vanity and error of news and of vulgar opinion of things; I have no thirst after it. I have learnt the folly of projects; it is enough if I can govern my private economy. I could see the rottenness of men; those against the Government were mad, and those for it generally false. Neither one sort with their threats, nor the others with their flattery, ought to prevail over men to leave the strict justice of life."
(Panels by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill, from 2012’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 2009.)
Marvelman, Captain Britain & D.R. & Quinch, by Alan Davis, from 1986’s Arken-Sword #17/18. The all-too-brief partnership between Davis and Alan Moore produced a remarkable number of fine stories, and it’s a shame that it ended so soon. Below, and from the same source, Davis has D.R. & Quinch express a certain degree of disrespect towards both Michael Moran and Brian Braddock’s super-heroic alter-egos;