Original Art Stories: Bruce Patterson's Old Views
This cover was sold back in November of last year via the usual on-line auction outlets. There's nothing overly special about it, it's a decent enough cover and such items are always in demand with certain collectors. Personally I like my cover art to have logos and the like, but hey, you can't have everything. My only DC cover from the same time period, the cover to a Justice League annual also doesn't sport logos, but that doesn't mean it's not a great little piece of art. Having said that there's something special about this cover that makes it worth it's price. It's not the fact that it's a cover, or that it's Bruce Patterson, an artist I admire as an inker, but the writing in the lower right hand corner.
If you enlarge it you'll find a message to the series editor, Andrew Hefler, from Bruce himself, saying, "Andy...Every time you guys stat this, that, etc. you fuck up the re-sale value of the art! How about making corrections before production!!? Bruce"
Great stuff indeed. I've known for a long while now that some artists create art with the eye on several prizes - the first being publication and the second being the re-sale of said art on the secondary market. That's why you pick up books by some artists where there's full page splashes, battle sequences or 'shocking' reveals. In this case Patterson was so angry about stats being added to the artwork, stats of characters and art I presume, and was losing some of that secondary money that he voiced his complaint to Hefler directly. It's now left the owner of this art with a lovely, and rarely seen, look into the complete creative process that goes into such projects.
Perhaps Bruce should have erased that bit.