After years of sneaking tiny little Cosmo The Merry Martian cameos into the backgrounds of my Archie stories, I finally got the chance to draw this life-long favorite of mine for real in this issue, Archie # 655. The story, titled “THE GOOD GUYS OF THE GALAXY,” was a parody of the popular Marvel movie, The Guardians Of The Galaxy, and written by one of my favorite writers to work with, the legendary Tom DeFalco. The story resurrected not only Cosmo, but other long-dormant Archie properties such as Captain Sprocket, Cat Girl, Captain Pumpernik, and another long favorite of mine, Superduck.
This cover was the variant cover for the issue. I drew it in fully rendered gray tones which were taken straight to color and never inked for a more retro “pulpy” effect. It was the same process I used on the cover to Life With Archie #32.