Kalman Andrasofszky - Checkmate
Still my favorite of my covers from my Checkmate cover run. Also part 1 of my favorite story from the series, the 2 part Mademoiselle Marie origin story.
I’m proud to say the originals for both this and the following issue, were accquired by Mr. Greg Rucka for himself and his co-writer, Eric Trautmann.
Weird aside… the ‘Paradise is… Bialya’ sign has been altered in production. The original version had ‘Bialya’ written in the Arabic alphabet. We went out of our way and got writer G. Willow Wilson to translate it for us. I recall at the time there was some small panic among editors about whether they could trust that’s what it actually said. I never noticed the change in my comps at the time, but now 7 odd years later, it’s jumping out and slapping me in the face.