Alan Weiss will always be a favorite comic artist from his days as one of the young turks of the seventies. Few fans probably know, however, that Weiss, also a prolific fan artist of the sixties, made his pro debut (sorta) in Charlton's BLUE BEETLE # 5 in 1965. Arguably the blandest super hero ever in the Charlton incarnation, young Alan drew and submitted this jazzier new costume which was published on the new letters page. Fans were quizzed as to whether they wanted the costume changed to this one and the official answer was "no." It wasn't long, however, before Steve Ditko redesigned not only the costume but the concept and the character as well!
Oh and, ummm...don't ask me what the big yellow letter "M" is for.