These were all drawn at about a quarter printed size - I like to make my initial drawings small because it forces me to think about the design and not get bogged down in rendering details too much, which is what I tend to do otherwise. Editor Craig Yoe favoured the one with Barney Google and Spark Plug peeking over the big newspaper comic page, and co-editors Ted Adams and Clizia Gussoni were both happy with that, so I then drew a more tightly-rendered version at a larger size - A4 in this case (or about 8.3" x 11.7" for the Americans in the audience).
Notice that I moved Popeye and Olive a bit closer to the centre and showed a bit more of Wimpy - these guys are the stars of the book, after all!
Then I scanned the pencils and blew them up to A3 size (11.7" x 16.5"), printed them out in light non-repro blue on fancy-pants art paper, and inked the printout with brush and dip pen.
Et voilà! I've already posted the finished, coloured version, so I'll spare you a repeat of that, but it's here if you missed it the first time around.