I suppose there's some kind of irony to waxing lyrical about the
joys of holding an actual, physical comic and illustrating my post with
images which you, the reader, will be viewing on a computer screen -
but it's one we'll have to live with I'm afraid. In an age where the future
of comics seems to lie in a digital format, wandering into a newsagent's
and plonking down your pennies in exchange for a printed publication
may well soon be a thing of the past, but to this old dinosaur, using a
laptop, ipad or mobile 'phone to follow the antics of your favourite
funnies or herculean heroes just can't compare to the 'real thing'.
There's something about the shape and feel of a comicbook,
the ink on the page, the smell of the paper even - which the digital
impostor cannot match, and - truth to tell and without meaning to be
patronising - I feel kind of sorry for future generations if their only
exposure to printed comicbooks is going to be looking at them in an
airtight, temperature-controlled glass case in a museum somewhere.
Let's hope that the two formats - digital and traditional - can co-
exist for many more years yet at the very least.
Anyway, back to the subject in hand, which is the next batch of
'80s MARVEL TALES reprints of early SPIDER-MAN adventures by
STAN LEE and STEVE DITKO. Apparently, the FANTASTIC FOUR
stories by Lee and JACK KIRBY were considered for a similar treat-
ment, although I forget if it would have been in a separate reprint mag
or after the Lee and Ditko Spidey stories had run their course. Not that
it matters much because it never happened. Readers had to wait until
the advent of the MASTERWORKS series of volumes a few years
later to see the early FF classic tales.
Anyway, I'd better not keep you from the goodies any longer -
enjoy these cataclysmic classic covers from yesteryear.
Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that the above image has
been 'flipped' from its initial appearance and that DOC OCK's face
has been changed to a more slimline version. The glasses seem like an
afterthought, not being rendered too well - and look as if they're about
to fall off. Also, when the original cover was first printed, back in the
'60s, Stan Lee had Jack Kirby redraw the lower parts of Spidey's legs,
being dissatisfied with Steve Ditko's rendition of them. Curiously,
for the Marvel Tales reprint they've been redrawn yet again, not
matching either Ditko's or Kirby's versions.
Want to see more Marvel Tales/Spider-Man covers? Just try and