David Manhire

Captain Courageous Smaller Size

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I really liked the incredible cover art on a Lobster Johnson comic from 2014. I decided to try and faithfully reproduce it in Adobe Illustrator from scratch; heavy use of the pen tool, with quite a few effects like "Rise" and "feather."

I rebuilt the cover in sections, starting with the biplane which I rotated into level flight before recreating. Then I did the zeppelin, the landscape clouds and terrain, and finally the hero (renamed Captain Courageous to differentiate from the amazing original), standing on the zeppelin aileron and all the lettering.

Here is a link to a side-by-side comparison of the original and my reproduction: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101104377@N03/47514078752/in/dateposted/

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