Here is a really strange item I recently picked up on eBay. It’s an acetate transparency of the cover of Firestorm #1 volume I. It’s pictured below on the left, with the final cover of issue #1 on the right.
It appears that the transparency was copied directly from the final black-and-white cover artwork. The DC Bullet and the word “explosive” are both missing on the transparency when you compare it to the printed #1 cover. Those are the only items on the cover that lack a black ink outline; they were composed solely of red ink. This lead me to believe the transparency was copied from the final inked version.
The picture below shows the transparency without a solid white background.
The eBay seller apparently picked this up (along with several other acetate comic book cover reproductions) from a gentleman in Brazil who wrote several books about the art of comic books in the 1970s and 80s. The seller theorized that perhaps the transparencies were used with an overhead projector for a workshop on how to draw comics.
Regardless of what it was used for, it’s kind of neat.
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