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For all my admiration of Jack Kirby's artistic talent at its peak, there's no denying that his powers were on the wane by the time he moved to DC Comics in 1970. I think there came a time in Jack's life where he decided he wasn't going to knock himself out on a page (or at least a cover), and simply do what was acceptable in order to tell the story - no bells and whistles.
How else can you describe the above cover? Everything's wrong about it, from the perspective to the size of the train, which looks diminutive in comparison to Ted, Oberon, and Big Barda. The train itself only vaguely resembles a member of the 'locomotive family' and appears to be a complete invention by Jack, with no reference to any photographic source material whatsoever. A clear example of 'drawing from memory' when the memory is a vague and indistinct one.
Sure, it still does its job, but had Jack's reputation rested solely on this standard of artwork, it's doubtful he'd be held in such high regard as he is. Just what was he thinking? Feel free to tell me and your fellow Crivvies in the comments section.
However, before you do, read that dialogue balloon again. "Stop him!" From what - trying to escape? Shouldn't that be "Stop the train!", however unlikely a prospect that is? I suggest a better balloon would be "He'll never free himself in time... this could be the end of Mister Miracle!"
Of course, by the time Ted said it, it'd be too late, but I suppose we should make allowances for 'dramatic license'.