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Cupid's Got a Death Ray!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K tries to relax after rebooting the universe and stopping a General Zaq attack. Why do these vacations never work out? Collaboration with special guest artist Line Olsson!

By David Marshall July 24th, 2011 Categories: |

(PG; History, Romance, Crime) On a December night in 1945, a young couple witnesses Michael Corleone murder a rival gangster and corrupt policeman at Louis Italian-American Restaurant.

My story is partially inspired by a scene in The Godfather where Michael kills Sollozzo and McClusky. I thought it’d be funny to tell that story from the viewpoint of a couple of innocent bystanders in the restaurant.

The assassination took place in the Bronx in December of 1945. To get The Godfather details correct, I pulled screenshots from the film and read the novel. The period details include the New York art scene, weather, historical events, popular music, slang, cars and more. Trina Robbins contributed to the research. In addition to fashion and street-level historical details I would have missed, she also designed Jill’s shoes and pointed out the perfect veal dish for the period.

The couple is based on Bill Everette and June Tarpe Mills. In real life, both were established comic book artists.


Like “Lucky Seven“, rendered with traditional media tools. Original art is 12″ x 18”, a departure from the current standard of 10″ x 15″.

  • 12″ x 18″ live area on Strathmore 500 bristol paper
  • Speedball Super Black India Ink
  • Short-handle round #4 sable brush
  • Ruling pen (borders)
  • Speedball nib #512 (straight lines, details)
  • Speedball B6 and B5 (lettering)
  • Ames Lettering Guide (setting 4.5 default)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 (production, corrections)

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