FOOM #18 (an acronym for Friends Of Ol’ Marvel) featured this nifty cover by John Romita (Sr.) of the Spider-Man cast, standing in front of the Coffee Bean.
This illustration captures the classic era of late 60s / early 70s Spider-Man, the era where I first started reading about old web-head. You have Peter Parker on his tiny little motorcycle, but what really makes him cool are the girls standing next to him. Mary Jane, wearing a party skirt with those hip little cowboy boots, and Gwen Stacy, looking blonde and 70s chic in her pants suit. Flash Thompson is dressed up in an Army uniform, having survived the Vietnam War, and Harry Osborne has that swanky little bow-tie.
This issue of FOOM featured an article about Romita’s career up to that point—who knew he would stay on at Marvel for 2 more decades? Included was the famous self-portrait of Romita sitting at his drawing table, surrounded by Marvel Comics characters. This image was originally done for a Marvelmania self-portrait portfolio, in color, but I thought this black and white version was interesting as well.
The article also included these photographs of Romita working in the Bullpen (very professionally in a nice shirt and tie) and relaxing at home with his guitar. These images reminded me of various times meeting Romita at conventions, one of the friendliest and nicest artists that I’ve ever had a conversation with. Nuff Said!
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