In honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, we present some Brightest Day “Easter Eggs” sent to us by series inker Dave Beaty! Just in case you hadn’t heard, all the Firestorm-centric scenes in Brightest Day have been penciled by Scott Clark and inked by Dave Beaty. If you add up all their pages from the series, it totals nearly 90 pages of Brightest Day content drawn by this fantastic art team. Dave happens to be a long-time Firestorm fan and was been kind enough to share with us some behind-the-scenes details from Brightest Day! Thanks Dave!
Remember in Brightest Day #10 when Professor Stein explained to Ronnie and Jason the danger of their powers? In that scene, the Professor held up a sheet of calculations to demonstrate the science behind his concerns. To create that sheet of notes, Dave Beaty researched several sources on the web regarding nuclear fission and atomic explosions. Using this research, Dave created Stein’s notes on an actual full-size notepad and composited it into the panel. This gave the notes a more authentic look. Below you’ll find the final panel and a scan of the original notes page.
In Brightest Day #7 we catch a brief glimpse of Professor Stein’s college diploma hanging in his office. While you really can’t read the diploma as it appeared in the comic, it was fully-realized by Dave Beaty as a CGI model for the 3D environment of Stein’s office. Dave based the diploma on information revealed about Martin Stein in Secret Origins #4 (July 1986), a story primary focused on Stein. Such amazing attention to detail by Dave!
In the panel below featuring Firestorm as the White Lantern, look over Firestorm’s right shoulder and you can just make out the Professor’s diploma on the wall. You can see it even clearer in the original inked artwork prior to coloring. Then scroll further down and you’ll find scans of two diploma’s created by Dave Beaty for Stein’s office – a Masters and a Doctorate from Stanford University. Click the diplomas to enlarge the images.
My thanks to Dave Beaty for sharing those Brightest Day “Easter Eggs” with us! I absolutely love when artists take the time to do research and include details such as these! So cool!
FIRESTORM SKETCHES BY DAVE BEATY
Below you’ll find some gorgeous sketches Dave did for Firestorm fans, some from the 2010 Phoenix Con. Love the shirt, Dave!
Below is a pen sketch of Jason that Dave drew after reading the Brightest Day #10 script that featured Jason and Ronnie switching control of the Firestorm body.
DAVE BEATY’S RECENT PODCAST APPEARANCE
Dave Beaty recently appeared on the PKD Black Box podcast. During the podcast they discussed Brightest Day and the 1980’s Super Powers collection. I was personally excited to hear them mention my other blog ONCE UPON A GEEK and the Super Powers 25th Anniversary blog crossover we did back in 2009! Thanks for the plug guys! The podcast is an enjoyable listen and it shows that Dave is totally one of us! He’s a true Firestorm fan! Be sure to check out the PKD Black Box podcast #51: Justice Jogger for Sale.
WHO THE HECK IS THIS DAVE BEATY GUY ANYWAY?
Since 1992 Dave Beaty has produced numerous award-winning illustrations and designs for the publishing, entertainment, advertising, and music industries. He got his start in the comic book industry in 1994 as a “ghost” artist working on backgrounds for Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #4 for Marvel Comics. Since that time he’s been published as a writer, penciler, inker, cartoonist, and colorist. He has done “credited” work for BOOM Studios, Antarctic Press, Aspen Entertainment, Dabel Brothers, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. He is also the co-creator of Bushi Tales (with Lin Workman), Stargodz (with Scott Clark & Dean Zachary), and for five years wrote and drew the award winning comic strip Captain Value. He has had numerous articles published on art production and technique in addition to short fiction stories. In addition to writing articles on art production, he’s also taught workshops and seminars at comic book conventions all across the United States, including a special speaking engagement & workshop at the Art Institute of Phoenix, and also a Specialty Graphics production seminar for the Arizona Newspapers Association. Recent comics work includes Brightest Day (DC), Titans (DC), Justice League: Cry for Justice (DC), Doom Patrol (DC) and cover art inks for Adventure Comics (DC), Fathom (Aspen), Stan Lee’s: The Traveler (BOOM), and Irredeemable (BOOM). Dave lives in Prescott Valley, Arizona with his lovely wife Micah and their two cats Sato & Nermal.
I can’t thank Dave enough for sending these scans our way. He’s a super-nice guy and a huge Firestorm fan! Be sure to seek out Dave’s other work and support his projects!
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