Published between 1981 and 1984, Dave's six Swords of Cerebus volumes were his first attempt to collect the book in a more permanent form. He gave each story included in these volumes a prose introduction, explaining where the book stood when he’d been working on that particular issue and how he was thinking of its prospects at the time. This is the last of Dave's six intros from Swords volume 2.
Joe Rubinstein was a relatively little-known figure in comics when Swords 2 had its first publication in June 1981. That began to change the following year, when he inked both The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and a high-profile Claremont/Miller Wolverine series. He's since worked on dozens of other Marvel books – plus a fair few DC ones - and won a Joe Sinnot Hall of Fame award in 2016.
As you'll see, Dave here discusses an epic drinking session he enjoyed with a couple of other comics pros at a 1980 convention in Rochester, NY. He'll return to this episode in one of his intros for Swords volume 6, throwing in an additional fact which gives the story a slightly darker tinge. We'll be getting to that intro sometime in June, so stay tuned.
"That was the first time I noticed the weird things you do to get rid of a hangover," says Dave.
Next week: A (very) short vacation.