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Titan’s Nightmare Before Christmas: Day 4 – Tom Mandrake’s Process for Creating The Mummy #5 Cover

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It’s time for another entry in our “Nightmare Before Christmas” feature, which we’re presenting in conjunction with Titan Comics, and today we have a doozy for you!  Artist Tom Mandrake shares his process for creating the cover for The Mummy #5, which is the final issue in the series that hails from Titan and Hammer.

Mandrake tells us, “My inspiration for this cover comes from a couple sources. First, this may be stating the painfully obvious, but I am a huge Hammer movie fan! Hammer’s Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is a primary source of inspiration for this cover. I first saw the film in the early ’70s, and this is my homage to Valerie Leon as Queen Tera in her sarcophagus [pictured below].”

“I’ve played with the idea of the ‘peek in the sarcophagus’ before,” he continues, “and my cover for Martian Manhunter #25 was in my mind as well. Aside from these reference points the cover needed its own character and horror. I thought perhaps it was not enough that she was about to be trapped forever in her tomb; she should share it eternally with these decaying, nightmare lovers as well!”

The Mummy is written by Peter Milligan with art by Ronilson Freire. Check out Tom’s artwork below, and be sure to check back over the weekend for another “Nightmare Before Christmas” installment before we wrap things up early next week.

The Mummy Series Synopsis:
For 2,000 years the members of the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity. On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality. But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel, and she’s not going willingly…

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