This painting comes with a copy of a two page hand written letter to me, Michael Gidwitz, directly from my friend James Warren along with another letter written on James Warren's personal stationery.
This was the final version of the painting that appeared on Eerie # 36 by Enrich but the preliminary painting was used on the cover instead. I wrote James Warren a letter and asked him about this and received a reply on February 24, 2014. This is a portion of his reply: Dear Mike- After studying both renditions and trying to remember what happened here some 43 years ago, this is my thinking: 1) My guess ( and it is an educated guess ) is that when I was first shown the original painting ( The one you own ) , I rejected it because I didn't think the deformed hand was realistic enough. ( It was more like a claw from an animal or zombie, or whatever.) I wanted more of a human hand at the time. 2) I then asked Enrich to give me another version. 3) Enrich then submitted a comprehensive color rough of a new hand. 4) I liked the comprehensive color rough, and accepted it as the final art that would appear on the cover. - OR- 5) I was forced to accept it, and use it, BECAUSE OF A DEADLINE that had to be made. It's possible that we had already gone ahead with the inside painting of the issue, and this inside contained the story (" The Hand of Kane Kinkaid"),which meant that we had to use a ' Hand" painting for this particular issue;- And there was NO TIME to wait for ENRICH to do another big painting. This was entirely possible but as I said, it was 43 years ago, and my mind is not clear on this. If I had it to do all over again, I WOULD HAVE INDEED USED THE " CLAW " ORIGINAL VERSION THAT YOU HAVE - INSTEAD OF THE COLOR ROUGH. THE ORIGINAL IS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE COLOR ROUGH ARTISTICALLY, AND FROM THE POINT OF VIEW AS A " BETTER COVER". The letter goes on and says I have his permission to reproduce his enclosed letter if I feel the need to do so. I will give a copy of my letter from James Warren to you if you buy this painting !!!!!!!!!
Dimensions: 27 by 25 1/2 with the frame
Framed Status: Beautiful Wood Frame