Sean E. Ali is an artist who does all kinds of book covers for many independent publishers, including my dear friend Derrick’s incredible Dillon series. His mind also never stops and when that happens, he types up an idea and leaves you hanging with the possibilites. This is one of those times…
So, I promised you guys… something.
Oh, you think I won’t do this?
Go ahead: dare me.
In fact: DOUBLE DARE me.
Before we go there, here’s how we got here.
I have a lot of mulch sitting my head. There are a bunch of images that pass through and occasionally there’s an image or two…
…or several hundred…
…that politely ask me to find some time to make them a thing. One of my favorite sections of mulch in the mind cave involves a standard of the Silver Age of Comics: Team-Ups. When they were around, I was that kid that picked up those books. The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Two-In-One, Marvel Team-Up, DC Comics Presents, World’s Finest and Super-Team Family to name more than a few. You grab at least a pair of heroes, present them a problem and set them off on a case to find an answer to said problem. One of my favorite team ups involved two pulp heroes who always struggled to take a foothold in that medium, but hit all the right notes in this instance: The Shadow and Doc Savage in “ The Conflagration Man”. The Shadow and Doc approach a case from separate avenues, cross swords and personnel, and then work the case together (sort of) to its conclusion. Good stuff.
There are others, but I recently found myself rereading that adventure which pushed one of those images from the polite asking to a demand involving Pro Se characters and Dillon that kicked in before the International Instigator hopped on board. In fact, the idea just sort of hopped in my head while I was working on a DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN and an edition of THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS, featuring Barry Reese’s creation Max Davies (among others) aka The Peregrine, that showed up in the same production cycle. I thought then “wouldn’t it be fun if…?”