That’s right, the header for this posting isn’t a mis-print. Today we’re talking about an unused alternate cover by Pat Broderick for THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #1 (1982).
I didn’t even know this piece of artwork existed! Thankfully fellow match-head Philip Rutledge directed me to Heritage Auctions where it was being sold. The auction ended on September 11 with a final sale price of $537.75. Congrats to whoever picked up this beautiful piece! Such a great piece of art with amazing line work! Click the image below for a much larger version (1.78 MB).
Below you’ll find the description from the Heritage Auctions website of the artwork above.
Pat Broderick The Fury of Firestorm #1 Alternative Unused Cover Original Art (DC, 1982). Firestorm busts a nuclear move on what we believe to be a preliminary cover design for The Fury of Firestorm #1, as it’s similar to that issue’s cover. The art has an image area of 10″ x 15″. Aside from some light paper tanning and light edge wear (well outside the image area), the condition is Very Good.
For comparison purposes, below you’ll find the published cover to THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1 (1982). I’m a little torn which would have made the better cover to issue #1. My gut tells me the published artwork was the better choice, but I keep looking at the unpublished piece and finding more things I like about it.
For more Firestorm original artwork by Pat Broderick on Heritage Auctions, please click here. If you like Firestorm original artwork, click here for a cool collection of scans assembled by Philip Rutledge. In case you’re wondering, he doesn’t own all this original artwork, he just assembled the scans into one cool package. Thanks, Phil!
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