The number of iterations that character designs in video games and movies go through is pretty amazing. Check out this article about the design of Harley Quinn for the upcoming Arkham City video game. It puts our process for designing the characters in The Specialists to shame. I can only think of one or two details that I ever asked Al to change on one of his design sketches, and it wasn’t something that required a whole new illustration.
Of course, Al is but one man, and this comic is not his day job, nor is it a multi-million dollar production. So in the end it’s probably forgivable that we didn’t go through a dozen versions of each character. Or maybe it’s just that Al nailed it on the first try every time.