Richard Starkings posted this image up, from his own personal collection, in the comments section for my recent Death's Head piece. But I thought it looked so great that I had to put it up on the main page, something Richard was happy with me doing. This is the original Geoff Senior cover proposed for Dragon's Claws #5 - which guest starred Death's Head. This in turn led to the rematch in Death's Head #2.
For those who don't remember it, this was the cover to #5 :
It conveys what you really need to know. Death's Head thumping Dragon in the chops. The text you might not be able to pick out reads as 'Gonna be a big hit, Yes?'. It's a nice cover. No complaints from me.
Richard tells me that the original cover was rejected for being too boring. But I have to say that in many ways I actually prefer this cover.
Sure, it's the Guest Star having handed the collected asses of the Headliners back to them, but there's something about it which stands out more. I also much prefer the green body armour to the later metal plating. It gave DH a much greater feel of being his own private militia - which is surely, what Death's Head should always be.
You can find a larger png of the image here: http://www.comicraft.com/clients/DragonClaws.png
I have to say seeing the artwork really gets me nostalgic for the original DH. And more than a little in want of seeing Dragon's Claws revived.
It's been too long. I think a re-read is in order.