Restored LOSH Image
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It's difficult to find a good copy of this scene. First, I looked at the original scene from Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #200 - but it was a SINGLE PAGE! This page and his treatment surrounding it was the source of Dave Cockrum leaving DC and moving to Marvel, but that's a story for another time.
Here's a decent scan of how it appeared originally:
Not so hot, right? With the printing limitations of the time, this gorgeous scene being relegated to a single page, rather than a center spread was practically criminal. So much detail is lost.
THEN, after Dave Cockrum's departure, DC reprinted it. Much like their printing of character sheets as "Lore of the Legion" in Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #202 and #204, they worked to get the most out of Dave Cockrum's beloved work on this team. This was printed in DC Limited Collectors Edition C-49, a tabloid-sized edition of Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes, which re-colored and featured this beautiful rendering of the piece as a center spread:
Quite a bit better but, unfortunately, even at a high resolution, the scan turned out pretty grainy, and the coloring suffered due to aging newsprint.
Fortunately, I remembered that there was a reprint in Amazing World of DC Comics #9. Printed on higher quality paper and in black & white. While not as large as the above printing, it was still magazine size (much larger than a regular comic book). So after careful scanning and re-stitching of the pieces, I had a great starting point:
It required minor removal of creasing and the staples, as well, but it provided a lovely piece of black & white art.
Sharp-eyed viewers will notice that the first 2 originally published pieces were truncated versions of the original art. About 5% of the image to our left of Saturn Girl was trimmed in order to make the whole image fit, edge-to-edge.
Trouble is, I realized that the entire image had still not actually made it into AWODCC #9. There was a sliver missing from the right side which featured Evolvo Lad. Slight as his appearance was, I didn't want to leave him out - so I took that sliver from C-49, leached the color out digitally, enhanced the blacks and pasted the sliver into the black & white master.
After having scanned the black & white image at high resolution, I re-colored it using PaintShop Pro 7.04 (JASC Software, 2001) practically pixel-by-pixel. It was difficult, as well, due to the limitations of the software memory settings.
I also liked the Key to the Wedding Scene on the back cover of C-49, so I scanned it, enhanced it, and included it below.
There were a couple of problems. First, we're on the "red planet" and there's a lot of red in the scene. Not just the planet & sky, or the volcano, but the costumes! So, I pulled some photos of an actual volcano, as well as digital representations of the martian sky to provide a color pallate for those, then used my own interpretation of colors used in characters' costumes (based on those which found their way into print).
Purples, reds, greens, blues, oranges and even browns, golds & yellows were given some variance to both appropriately represent the characters & the original as well as correcting errors in coloring from the first & second printings (e.g., Quantum Queen's costume was, and always has been, red).
Here's the Wedding of Lourno Durgo to Chuck Taine as it should be remembered:
Per a great suggestion from ReneA and Smitty on PencilJack.com - here's the image with the caldera colored to represent distance and the whites adjusted closer to newsprint and represented as if you could actually print high quality repros on that pulpy stock (i.e., tone is dulled just a bit):
AND the Key for your amusement:
I do so hope this was useful or enjoyable for you in some fashion!
Brian G. Philbin
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