Spiderman 2099 – Behind the Eight Ball
At the end of my 1st stint as a stringer at Marvel comics
I drew stories for their 90s Sci-fi line, 2099.
One was this 10 page short for 2099 Unlimited Vol 1 8. It was called Behind the Eight Ball, The coloured parts are overlays for Holographic images, I’ve included the printed version of the art to show how that really didn’t work out so well? I don’t know really who had the job of what we take for granted now as an easy do it yourself Photoshop layers effect. Back then, in 95, you provided the overlays on a hope and prayer, done up an a separate sheet in b&w or tones, with cross-hairs on them to line it up with the master. I’d have notes describing what I hoped for but…. Also in print the colours were way too saturated and the plate was ugly to me. A big part of the problem was the white glossy paper, a lot of the colonists did not adapt well when it showed up, calling for way too much ink on the page. Looked awful sorry to say. I recall being really bummed out when I got my copies. At this point in my time working for Marvel it seemed like every issue, something was going wrong and it was getting me down. Took about 5 more years to learn every book you do, something goes wrong! Especially if there’s more than one cook in the kitchen.
A lot of the stories I did at this time were with Joey Cavalieri, he was a great editor! Out of my work at Marvel my flavorite. Be nice to work with him sometime again.