I know it's fashionable these days to express undying love for Jack Kirby and rightly so, as he was brilliant. But, to the extent that I have a favorite comic book illustrator from the Silver Age of Comics, I must throw my lot in with Steve Ditko, whose work on Dr. Strange -- one of the few comics I ever read when I was younger -- is nothing short of amazing, as this piece from Strange Tales #138 (November 1965) shows:
In thinking about new ways to conceive of the planes in D&D, I find myself ever more drawn to Ditko's illustrations of Dr. Strange's forays into mystical landscapes like this one. Given that it's already well established that early D&D illustrations were based on panels from comics featuring the Sorcerer Supreme, it somehow feels right to borrow ideas from Ditko in imagining otherworldly realms, at least to me. When the time comes for Brother Candor and the other Fortune's Fools to journey into the planes, I know what I'll be using as inspiration.