Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover Teardown: Conan the Barbarian 30 by Gil Kane and Ernie Chan!

From 1973, this battle scarred cover by Gil Kane and Ernie Chan for Conan the Barbarian #30!

Conan the Barbarian 30 1973 Gil Kane and Ernie Chan

Notice the note to inker Ernie Chan on the bottom: "Ernie - Keep cleavage delicate - light lines".

conan the barbarian 30 by gil kane

I always found this cover striking because of the giant purple bat-like creature in the background.  Also the angle of Conan, as if he is on a hill with a downward slope.

Actually a lot of Ernie Chan's delicate line work was lost in the full color process!  The bat had a lot of cross hatching and even the rocks were full of lines.  But it's one of the classic Conan covers - each of the first 35 Conan covers were gems.  Nuff Said!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cover teardown: Marvel Team-Up 30 by Gil Kane

Following up today's announcement that Falcon would be the new Captain America, I ran across this piece of original cover art...

Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia Marvel Team-Up #30 Spider-Man and the Falcon Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1975)


Marvel Team-Up #30 from 1975, featuring Spider-Man and the Falcon!

Marvel Team-Up 30 Gil Kane cover


It's a strange cover.  You have Spider-Man in the center of the action, but the big co-star, The Falcon is pretty small in the background.  At least Redwing is in there!  Hey they better not forget Redwing when Falcon takes over for Cap.  Nuff Said!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man commission by John Romita!

I saw this little collaboration by John Romita Sr and son over on the John Romita Sr Appreciation Page on Facebook!



Spider-Man in a classic pose!  Pretty nifty, eh?  Happy July 4th!  Nuff said.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thing Tuesday: This Man, This Monster! By Mike Deodato

Here's a little pinup I've seen on Facebook and Tumblr...



Mike Deodato's rendition of This Man This Monster splash page featuring Ben Grimm at his lowest!  Beautiful work.  Nuff Said!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

1970s Marvel Universe by John Byrne

I remember seeing this in the 1970s, but not where it appeared: the Marvel Universe stars from that era by John Byrne.



Hard to place the year as Omega the Unknown is there--he debuted in 1976 along with Nova.  Yet the original X-Men are there and not the new X-Men.  Was it a poster?  A Marvel Age thing or a house ad?  Perhaps you know!  Nuff Said.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thing Tuesday: Clobberin Time! 77 Kirby cover

This cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott has a classic Ben Grimm pose!  Nuff Said.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Marvel Universe Commission by John Buscema

When I started this blog years ago I spent a lot of time finding images, rare commissions, old magazine covers, etc.  I joined the Tumblr party this year - late to everything as usual - but I see so much fun stuff on there it's addictive.



This John Buscema commission is a wonderful piece of work.  Featuring the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, Conan, Red Sonja, Thor, the Vision, various Avengers and X-Men.  From the signature it was done around 1998.  Nuff Said.