Fantastic detective work in "Where's Waldo"-ing another CPR layout. There's always sharp eyes peeled to A-B compare and find all the differences, to the point we don't even have to promote our little improvements anymore. You guys find them anyway
Yes, Jetsy Miller made several improvements to the Fireball glass layout. When somebody as strict and perfectionist as Jeff takes on a classic like this (one he too wants to restore in his own lineup of Pinball Pimp'd games carrying his company seal) one makes sure that the opportunity is taken to correct (fairly and reasonably) any historical ugliness, weirdness, or oversight that may have happened decades ago in the rush to bring a game to production. Production where nobody cared about those things. Just pump'em out and get them to operators. Today with repro, we have the luxury of sitting down and making those little changes that can improve upon the past.
Jeff did take some artistic latitude and improve upon the flames near the bottom of the glass. Some of them were simply wonky and ugly, not following the flow and kern of the rest of the flames. So Jeff made it all match better. Nothing that the eye would catch in retrospect, but tasteful re-interpretation of what looked like a rushed job.
The lightblock (masking) on the rear was improved bigtime. As seen in the original look below, there was a really bad oversight in the original design where the theme of glowing edges and highlights was not extended to the cape and comet on the right hand side of the glass. This left an area that looked dark. Literally looked like bulbs were burned out. Once you see it, you cannot unsee it. Jeff decided to balance the entire look, making the backlit highlights tastefully continue over into the right-hand area. Now the artwork will glow with balance, and not look like bulbs are burnt out.
We are aware that there is a small minority that doesn't like us toying with history. But most want us to fix these kind of things, and make their games look better. So we will always try to make small changes if the artist has the correct vision for such improvements.
Classic Playfield Reproductions
Original Fireball Backglass - BACK LIT (dark right hand side)