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Tuesday, 10 July 2012
THEREIN HANGS A TALE - DITKO SPIDER-MAN COVERS...
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 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 ex-
posure to printed comicbooks is going to be looking at them in an air-
tight, 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 lot of
'80s MARVEL TALES reprints of '60s SPIDER-MAN adventures
by STAN LEE and STEVE DITKO. Apparently, the FANTASTIC
FOUR stories by Lee and JACK KIRBY were considered for a similar
treatment, although I now forget if it would've 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
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, July 10, 2012