Death-Ray Covers

Here’s a color pencil sketch of an unused cover for Eightball #23, which Daniel Clowes drew sometime in 2003. 

After drawing, inking, and coloring the finished version of this illustration, Clowes decided it wasn’t right for the issue, wanting something bolder. Here’s another cover sketch:

Based on the above sketch, the image below is the comic’s cover ( the issue was released in June of 2004.)

The finished version of the first cover was eventually made into a large print by Alvin Buenaventura:

The print was available in two versions: one on high-quality paper and another on newsprint, a nod to the paper used in old comics, the kind Clowes read as a child.