DREAMSLAVES #5: I need artwork, stat!on April 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm
A trick used in making many comics is the stat panel – reusing existing art for storytelling reasons or just to save time. Sometimes a small part of the art will be altered (like the mouth) or maybe the line art will be recolored to match a new scene.
Dreamwave was especially notorious for using stat panels. I think the worst case was Pat Lee’s two issue run on Transformers Armada, especially issue #7. Almost every page of this issue has some type of stat. Here are a couple of the more blatant examples.
TRANSFOMRERS ARMADA #6 PG 22
On the left is a full page splash of Megatron with the Star Saber sword. This one image was reused at least 3 more times over the two issue run!
TRANSFOMRERS ARMADA #7 PG 22
This page barely exists without the stats..almost every panel is statted! A few are recolored and flipped.
These are just a couple examples. If you happen to own these two issues, or have the Transformers Armada Vol.2 TPB, I’m sure you can find tons more.