(above) First conceptual sketch by Sal Velluto for the cover
to BP#41 which Marvel rejected. (below) Sal's pencils for the
commission(April '02)
Priest had suggested cover concepts for his ENEMY OF THE STATE 2 arc, originally four
chapters, one being a Beatles album cover(see next Gallery piece), one being an Ironman v.
Panther shot and another being a Kirbyesque cover.  We decided to use that one to kick off
the epic with issue 41.  Sal and I talked over the contents of the tribute piece and when Sal
submitted his concept sketch it was rejected for being too retro.  While the saga of the cover
to BP issue 41 will be continued in the next Gallery piece, this sketch was eventually offered
up for auction where an arrangement was made between Sal and the buyer to have the art
fully rendered and inked as a commission.  Note that every living 'Collector' from Kirby's run
was shown on the cover.  Priest planned on using  Silas Mourner, Count Zorba & Colonal
Pigman in the tale but their roles wound up being so trivial they wound up on the cutting 
room floor due to space limitations which allowed him to focus on Princess Zanda & Abner
Little.  Had the cover been printed we would have used the title copy from the  70's, corner
art, etc. as an homage much like our cover to BP#17 which was an homage to Jungle Action
#8 from 1974. Our only other printed cover homage was issue 30 which Sal and Tom Smith
did somewhat in a golden-age style to reflect the flashback tale.  This commission was 
completed 4/27/02.
Sal Velluto's Art Soup
***I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO
COLORING THIS ART ON 2/5/06.
I RENDERED MOST OF IT IN FLAT
COLORS TO GIVE IT A RETRO FEEL.
ONLY THE MODERN BP & THE GRA-
DIENT BACKGROUND IS FULLY 
COLORED. CLICK THE THUMBNAIL
TO SEE THE COLOR VERSION.
***As was reported on the NEWS page on 8/20/02 this cover (as well as the Kirbyesque
circle art shown within the entry for BP#43) will be printed in The Jack Kirby Collector
magazine # 37 due to ship in November '02.