Saturday, December 12, 2009

the mystery of the missing #6

Maybe this issue was taken to the island with Patrick McGoohan - they were both #6. The sweet cover to Ambush Bug #6 was never used except in promotional bits on the DC website and on the cover of what became Ambush Bug #7 (of 6) as seen here:

You can see Darwyn's cover on the comics at the Bug's feet.

So what happoened to #6? It's a mystery wrapped in an enigma eaten by the Riddler. The theme of issue #7 is "what happened to #6" and it doesn't really answer that. According to a review on Comic Book Resources, "...worst of all, it's not even funny."

Gary over at Crisis on Earth-Prime thinks that the cover to #6 may be getting used on an upcoming DC comic whose cover is currently a mystery. Check it out here.

More speculation and reviews can be found at the DC message boards, at Bleeding Cool, and Comixtreme's review ends with "a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite worth the wait."

The missing issue #6 may simply have "popped" out of our plane of existence, much the same way Ambush Bug himself has a tendency to do. One day it may "pop" back or not. We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, we thought it was a shame not to see a good copy of the cover by Darwyn. It makes me laugh everytime I see it.

Here you go:


and coming in a couple of days, a small selection of early Darwyn work from his days at Music Express magazine in the 1980s. I found a stack of them at Taz Records. Darwyn was the art director there for a few years and he did a number of spot illustrations. Go check out your local used music store to see if you can find some of these gems.

Hope you are all happy and warm this cold December day! Blog at you later!

4 comments:

Ben said...

Y'know, that whole #6 business really cheeses me off. It really does.

Gary said...

Cheers for the link, Calum!

Brent said...

I worked with Darwyn at Music Express back in the day and he always had the chopps.

It's great to see that you found your true forum Dar,

All the best,

Brentwood Haynes

Lenny S said...

Howdy,
If you liked Darwyn's work with Music Express,check out an 80s heavy metal mag called Metallion. He was given freer rein to define the OTT look of that one and the results had a big influence on Canuck heavy metal art I was privileged to work with Da Dar at that time so big shout out from Lenny.