As you probably already know, the first volume of Firestorm (1978) was cancelled after only five issues. The series was an unfortunate casualty of the so-called DC Implosion. What you may not know is that issue #6 was completely drawn, but never published. The pages for issue #6 resurfaced only once in a volume entitled Cancelled Comic Cavalcade. Only 35 copies of Cancelled Comic Cavalcade were produced, the publication was created primarily to establish the company’s copyright of the material. Scans from that volume have been available for some time. In fact, you can read photocopies of the unpublished Firestorm vol I #6 by clicking here. Though the interior pages have been seen, the cover to issue #6 has never surfaced … until now.
Al Milgrom, co-creator of Firestorm and artist on Firestorm vol I, recently sent me a scan of the unpublished cover to Firestorm vol I #6. He drew the cover back in 1978, but it hasn’t been published until now. This is a real treat, folks! For the first time, we get to see a “new” piece of Firestorm art that’s been missing for 30 years drawn by the co-creator . This is the Holy Grail of Firestorm artwork! I can’t thank Mr. Milgrom enough for this opportunity!
FIRESTORM FAN.com proudly presents the cover to the unpublished Firestorm vol I #6:
Isn’t it awesome?!?! As you can tell, this issue was intended to be Typhoon’s first appearance. I’m really impressed with Mr. Milgrom’s usage of black in this piece. It creates a very dynamic environment. You can really see the storm whipping around the marina. If you take the time to look, there are lots of neat details in this piece. From the expressions of the innocent bystanders, to the ship labeled “S.S. Milgrom”. Firestorm looks fantastic and I love the atomic glow on his right hand! This is truly a Milgrom gem. Possibly the best cover from Firestorm vol I.
After studying this cover for a while, I found myself wondering what the final version would have looked like. What colors would they have chosen and what would it look like with the logo dropped in? So I decided to try my hand at digitally coloring this cover. I don’t claim to be a colorist of any sort, but I thought this would be a fun project. In an attempt to be authentic, I studied other colorist styles of the time. Doesn’t look 100% authentic, but I got it as close as possible. If issue #6 had been published, it’s possible the cover would have looked something like this:
My thanks again to Mr. Milgrom for this opportunity!
In addition to co-creating Firestorm, Al Milgrom is well known for his ten-year run as editor of Marvel Fanfare; his long involvement as writer, penciller, and inker on Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man; his four-year tenure as West Coast Avengers penciller; his long stint as the inker of X-Factor; and much, much more. For a complete list of his works, visit the Comic Book DB. Mr. Milgrom’s has created an amazing volume of work and stays busy even nowadays. If you are a fan of Mr. Milgrom’s work, there are opportunities for commissions. Be sure to check out THE ARTISTS CHOICE for all the details on Al Milgrom commissioned sketches.
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