Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Three Marvel Monster covers by Neal Adams: Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing

I was actually looking at some of the terrific horror covers that Neal Adams drew for the Distinguished Competition, when I came across these early 70s Marvel Monster covers.

Tomb Of Dracula 1 cover by Neal Adams

Tomb of Dracula #1 launched the King of the Vampires in his own color comic in 1972.  Entirely spooky and would entice you to buy the comic, especially if you were a fan of Hammer horror films.

Fear 011 Man-Thing cover by Neal Adams

Adventure into Fear #11 was Man-Thing's second appearance in the title, also in 1972.  This cover plays on a recurring theme by Adams: children playing innocently while a monster approaches them from behind.  In this case, it's the monster (Man-Thing) that is innocent, as the kids draw a Satanic pentagram in the dirt.

Marvel Spotlight 2 Werewolf by Night cover by Neal Adams

Marvel Spotlight #2 was the first appearance of Jack Russell, Werewolf by Night.  But this has to be one of the worst covers that Neal Adams has ever produced.  A series of panels showing the Werewolf changing, and he doesn't resemble the version drawn by Mike Ploog at all.  What the heck, I had to buy this comic anyway!  Nuff Said!

Update: Comments from my old MT blog...


I gotta wonder if John Romita inked the Werewolf cover. Look at the people in the background in the last panel. Those look like Romita-drawn folks to me, not Adams.
Those are Tom Palmer inks

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