I need some help solving what could best be described as a "Golden Age art mystery".
See, years ago I bought a copy of the Flash 100 Page Spectacular (1973), which reprinted several old Flash tales. One of those reprints was "The Campaign Against the Flash, from All-Flash #13 (1943). On the opening page of that story was this stunning black and white illustration of Jay Garrick, the first man to call himself the Flash (click on the image to enlarge).
Obviously meant to look like a real magazine's cover photo, the Flash portrait was created using a very methodical technique called "stippling", which uses thousands of ink dots to simulate a face's subtle contours and shadowing. The denser the spacing of the dots, the darker the tone.
Now, here's where the mystery comes in. The story's artwork is officially attributed to a gentleman named Everett E. Hibbard, one of the primary Flash artists throughout the 1940's (whose corner signature can be seen above). However, as you can see from Hibbard's interior Flash art (left) and the orbiting faces above, the stipple portrait seems to be at a much higher level of artistic ability. Of course, it's certainly possible Hibbard illustrated the portrait....but in my opinion, not likely.
So...do any of my fellow Flash fans have any insights into this mysterious illustration? Did Hibbard draw the Flash portrait after all...or was it done by someone else?