Email From A Fan:
I just received my Mike Grell commission and shared it here and in ComicArtFans.com along with a nice story about how I also dealt with the same health concerns.
Also, check the ComicArtFans.com link to compare the recreation with the original cover. I actually “remastered” the original cover myself in photoshop, that’s why it looks really clean. I did it from a 300dpi scan of the original artwork from the owner of the art them colored it digitally to match the original cover. It was a ton of work, click the CAF link for comparisons with the original!
– Jovi Neri
“Here’s my first colored birthdate commission. Being born October 1977, my theme is for artists who worked on a comic with that cover date revisit his previous work. My list is wearing thin since artists from that era are either no longer with us, or not as active as they used to be.
“Mike Grell revived the GL/GA series from the lineage that involved Neal Adams. Grell is also responsible for making Green Arrow relevant with his work on The Longbow Hunters. He was the artist in the memorable issue #97 which featured a very dynamic cover.
“When he finally got to draw it, this was the result -very faithful to the original with only some minor changes. Having Grell do it in inks and watercolor was a treat though. It added a dimension to the art that would not have been possible in 1977.37 years later, I commissioned him through agent Scott Kress of Catskill Comics to re-imagine the cover he did. This one took a long time coming because Grell had a health scare having been hospitalized and stricken by cellulitis.
“The late arrival of the commission actually made it more special in a twisted way. I started watching the Arrow TV Series, and I could also relate with Grell’s bout with cellulitis as I also had to deal with that in 2013.
“More power to all the artists from the 1977 era who are still active today!”
Link to the commission on ComicArtFans.com