The Secret Six No. 2 Cover by Nick Cardy

September 27, 2016|In General

Nick Cardy is one of best DC cover artists of all time. From Aquaman to The Brave & the Bold and Superman, his work is noted for the power of its composition and the emotional depth of his characters.

He only did one cover for the short-lived The Secret Six, but in my mind it is one of the best covers of the Sixties.

Normally, I source pieces from Heritage Auctions or other places on the web, but this cover eluded me. And I really wanted to work on it, so I had no choice but to remove the colour through various methods in Photoshop, and then retouch what was left into something approaching the original art.

Even so, what you’re left with is only the impression of a printing process instead of the brush and pen strokes of the original art. Hopefully, a high-res scan of the source will show up one day.


Original Colour Re-creation

The Secret Six 2 Cover by Nick Cardy

As published.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Art Restoration by Scott Dutton

The lineart extracted from the published cover and retouched to get it as clean as possible.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

Original colour re-created.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Using Gaspar Saladino’s alternate logo.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Poster version.


House Ad

The Secret Six 2 House Ad by Gaspar Saladino

The black & white version of the published house ad promoting Secret Six No. 2. Lettered and layed out by Gaspar Saladino.

The Secret Six 2 House Ad by Gaspar Saladino

The colour version of the published house ad promoting Secret Six No. 2.

The Secret Six 2 House Ad by Gaspar Saladino

The block lettering and logos were reconstructed for this new version of the b&w house ad.

The Secret Six 2 House Ad by Gaspar Saladino

The colour version.


New Colour version

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Using Gaspar Saladino’s alternate logo.

The Secret Six 2 Cover Colouring by Scott Dutton

Poster version.