The piece you see above is not from a cover, nor is it a splash page from a DC book you never saw. This illustration was actually drawn for a collector by Mike Zeck, and I definitely wish I was the one that had requested it! Honestly, I’m surprised this hasn’t made its way to the printers and become a poster. Just imagine this on a thicker stock, just-barely-off-white sheet, printed with a flat, deep black ink. Who wouldn’t want one?
I wouldn’t have known anything about this if it weren’t published in the June 2006 issue of Back Issue!, where it rightfully receives almost an entire page. I also wouldn’t have known that this is a re-creation of the cover from Web Of Spider-Man #32 had it not said so in the same issue. So what if I’m not up on my Spider-Man history? Give me a break. The G.I. Joe, Transformers and He-Man comics are also covered in this particular back issue of Back Issue! and I recommend getting your hands on a copy.
Below is the cover for Web Of Spider-Man #32. Notice the amount of space at the top left “empty” for the book’s logo and et cetera, and the space at the bottom left, left empty, literally. Notice how much better the Batman piece is because Zeck didn’t have to worry about anything else being shoved on the cover. The winged, sword-clasping headstone above The Dark Knight pushes the illustration from “pretty cool” to “utterly bodacious.” (You can click on both images twice to blow them up and gaze at them in awe.)
You can check out some of Mike’s other stuff here.