Every week, 2000 AD brings you the galaxy’s greatest artwork and 2000 AD Covers Uncovered takes you behind-the-scenes with the headline artists responsible for our top cover art – join bloggers Richard Bruton and Pete Wells as they uncover the greatest covers from 2000 AD!

This week, on the front of 2000 AD Prog 2282, out 18 May, it’s the return of super artist Tiernan Trevallion for another incredible Fiends of the Eastern Front: 1963 Prog cover. In 1963, written by Ian Edginton, we’ve seen the vampire Constanta attacked in cold war Berlin and London, with the forces of Baba Yaga and Rasputin seeking him as the prize in a supernatural battle for power. But now, between the ancient Balaur and the First Sinner, he’s paying a heavy price for being the vamp in the middle!

Tiernan, as you’d expect from a droid of such brilliance, is in high demand and although he had chance to send us the images for this Covers Uncovered, his poor circuits just couldn’t cope with the workload and he’s had to schedule an emergency re-lube and repair session from Tharg’s droid workshop.

However, as his failing circuits spluttered and sparked their last as he was lowered into the oil vats, he did manage to press send on his words for this Covers Uncovered…

Here’s the components of the cover… as usual, not much to report beyond a rather glib and unhelpful explanation of the process…

And that’s all you get from the Trevallion droid this time round! I think you’ll agree with us when we say that none of the explanations are ever glib or unhelpful though.

Anyway, the art is the thing of course and with a cover like that, we really don’t need to say that much do we?

So, starting off with raw pencils to set the scene… Balaur to the left of him, Rasputin to the right, Constanta’s stuck in the middle, a sacrifice to the elder gods and demons fighting over him…

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After that, straight to inking the cover image. And as you’d expect from Trevallion after seeing the wonderfully grotesque imagery week in and week out for the black and white Fiends: 1963 series, he does a stunning black and white inked version…

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And finally… adding some subtle and sympathetic colours to the cover… including a disturbing trail of red… Constanta really isn’t having the best of days…

Thanks to Tiernan for sending along the process of what is a truly stunning cover there. You can find that cover and the very latest Fiends of the Eastern Front: 1963 on and in 2000 AD Prog 2282, out wherever Thrill Power is sold, including the 2000 AD web shop, from 18 May.

For more Covers Uncovered from Tiernan, see this beauty for Prog 2276, and check out the interview all about Fiends: 1963 with Ian Edginton here.