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This week, we have a real curiosity for you folks.

Fact is, I’M sorta curious about it myself!…

Several years ago, I inadvertently stumbled across a small pile of 3×5 index cards (a thick rubber band wrapped securely around them) tucked away with the rest of my original artwork. It was twenty eight pages of rough layouts - plus cover - for something I chose to call “Living In The Marvel Universe starring Fred Hembeck”. The thing is, I have absolutely no memory of when - and especially WHY - I did this!! (Internal evidence garnered from some baseball references - don’t worry, non-sports fans, they’re only of a passing nature - would indicate that this was cobbled together during the 1985, ‘86, ‘87, or ‘88 seasons, most likely earlier than later.)

But more importantly, WHY? Clearly, these AREN’T thumbnails for full-sized pages, what with the severely limited amount of panels found on each page. It kinda looks like I was designing some sort of pocket-sized flip book, but why I ever thought that would be a good idea, well, like I say, at this late date, I have absolutely NO clue. Considering that things never progressed past the extremely embryonic stage on display here, I would venture to guess that I eventually came to realize the folly of my labors.

But you know what? Despite some hastily scrawled drawing (not to mention some occasionally shaky lettering), reading this over again recently (and please, pardon me for saying this) actually made me chuckle several times. Try and get past the raw nature of this piece, and who knows? Maybe it’ll do the same for you! Here’s hoping…

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Coincidentally, the New York Mets 2007 season begins this very Sunday. Y’know, I haven’t heard anything as of yet, but I’m still hoping good ol’ Spidey can swing on over to catch the opener with me!

And remember, fans, at Hembeck.com, we ALWAYS play ball!

-Copyright 2007 Fred Hembeck

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