Jim asked Sandy about the above artwork.
Carl Potts was the editor on this six-issue Solomon Kane mini series. This was another character dreamed up by the prolific author who created Conan, Robert E. Howard. Carl asked me to adapt "The Homecoming", one of REH's best pieces of writing, as a back-up feature. "Great," I thought, "love that poem — full of melancholy and the sorrow of a restless heart."
Only problem is that Carl wanted the entire adaption crammed into two pages. I protested, but to no avail. Well, the job was a complete disaster. Bad penciling, inking, coloring, lettering and reproduction. A real embarrassment.
A few years later I got it into my head to adapt the poem again and this time do it justice. Think I was planning on five pages but never got passed the first (below). So it goes.
Jim asked Sandy about the above drawing
This is one of the rare occasions when I inked someone else's pencils. Fortunately, I was working over a blue line reproduction of the art which meant that I wouldn't be ruining the original drawing if I blew the inks.
The pencils were by Linda Medley, well know creator of the award-winning Castle Waiting graphic novels. Turns out that both of us had played around with anthropomorphic elephant characters somewhere along the line, though the results were vastly different.
Hers (in my opinion) was full of pathos and mine...not so much. In any case this drawing was the result of our collaboration.
Another image from Sandy's archive:
Plunkett-fan Jim Harris interviewing Sandy about past and present projects.