Sunday, 20 March 2011

Mike Hinge 098

Mike Hinge - Unplotted Object (original Orientation). Pencil and pen on paper. Approximate size 60x70cm. Date: Unknown. Unsigned.

This is a sketch that belongs to the series of drawings by Mike for a story that he wrote and illustrated called "OBJECT - COMPUTE...COMPUTE...READOUT...REALTIME /// 0" for the September 1982 magazine "Heavy Metal".



I have a collection of a few of a few more sketches for this story that I have already posted on the blog you can see them HERE.

With the collection of Mike Hinge photocopies, I got recently, there was a rough draft of the story OBJECT so I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast the rough draft with finish published images.

Here are the two frames of "Unplotted Object", draft and then published.

Here is the front cover of the draft story and an inside page and then an inside page of "Heavy Metal" magazine.

I have cobbled together a youtube film the draft "OBJECT - COMPUTE... COMPUTE... READOUT... REALTIME /// 0"  and have combined it, to compare and contrast, with the finished illustrations that were published in "Heavy Metal" magazine.

Mike Hinge was a massive music fan and had a wide interest in music. From one  short biography he wrote, "Work to favourite New Wave Groups: Ultravox, Joy Division, Magazine and Orchestral  Manoeuvres in the Dark, with which the listening preference is headphones..." Hence the decision for the chosen sound track - Ultravox - Maximum Acceleration.

All the best.

*UPDATE* 10/04/2011

Later I realised that I have another of Mike's photocopied images from this series that shows a little more of the scene and has the difference that it doesn't have the name Barney on the space helmet.

 A3 photocopy  

A3 photocopy 


  1. This one is pure treasure. Object was the first work of Hinge I ever saw. Each panel has so much going on to it. And the video looks like the storyboard for another episode of Heavy Metal cartoon. Although I had to stop it many times to fully appreciate the pictures.

    I wonder why final story published in Heavy Metal lists so many copyright years: 1975, 77, 78 and 82.

  2. Hi Pinwizz
    This one is indeed a treasure! It was so unexpected to find a complete draft of this story. The draft has a nice “rough edge” quality to it and it shows the preciseness of Mike’s planning. I think the reason for the many copyright years is that variations of the pictures or small aspects of the illustrations had been published before. For example there’s a picture of an astronaut in the story that was also used in a slightly different variation for the 1978 paperback front cover for the “Secret of the Marauder Satellite” by Ted White.