I was lucky enough to be asked to illustrate a 'decade' cover for the momentous ACTION COMICS #1000. Even luckier for me, I was assigned the 1980s, which for me was the high-point of DC Comics design, thanks largely to the legendary José Luis García-López and his equally legendary DC Comics Style Guide.
The 1980s also produced the still unrivaled Super Powers toy line, which is where I was first introduced to Mr. García-López's perfect renditions of DC characters on the packaging. I have since learned that many of García-López's drawings were beautifully inked by Dick Giordano.
When I was offered the cover, I suggested to my editor that he just use any of García-López's Superman drawings and be done with it, but I got the job. I tried, but there was no way I was going to come up with a more classic Superman pose, so apologies and thank you to Mr. García-López.  





For the collectors out there, I did not draw a cover for AQUAMAN #30 (I believe most variants that month were movie tie-ins) but I am still on the book. In fact, I am working on #32 at this very moment!



Below is the final version of the Aquaman #29 cover. There is an earlier, unfinished, unsigned version popping up online. The only changes are some additional highlights on the top figure (Tempest), some added bubbles, and a tiny adjustment to Aquaman's right eye to fix his gaze, but I hate it when unfinished work gets out there!