Wednesday, 20 November 2013

YOWZA! MIGHTY MARVEL COVER GALLERY - PART EIGHTEEN...

 
 
Well, we're very nearly there. In our next cover gallery post in this
series, we'll feature the first Birthday issue of THE MIGHTY WORLD
OF MARVEL (#53) as the comic celebrated a year of publication. The early
issues had been impressive, with their spot and full-colour pages, and reprints
of the best classic stories that STAN, JACK & STEVE had to offer. However,
the later issues, with their sombre grey tones, weren't such a visual delight,
but I continued to buy them like the good little Marvelite I was.
 
Cop a gander at the cover of #51: This is one of my favourite covers,
as it has its own personal associations for me and because it's an extremely
evocative illustration in its own right. But take a closer look at ol' HULKIE.
He appears to be stuck in mid-transformation and not quite as 'incredible' as
he should be. He looks just like a powerfully built, normal human (one with
green skin, I grant you) and not the 'hulking' seven foot creature with
which we're all familiar. Still a good drawing 'though.
 
Anyway, feel entirely free to share your own memories of these early
British Marvels in the comments section. Most of the responses are a good
deal more interesting than the posts which inspire them, to be honest with
you, so put your digit to keyboard and get typing.
  






Oh dear, what a terrible 'paste-up' job. Even allowing for foreshortening and
his crouching position, The Thing looks as if he's only about four foot tall

9 comments:

Christopher Nevell said...

Dr Strange as back up strip to the Avengers.... Personally I'd have opted for Giant Man & the Wasp which had a similar short page count per issue.

Kid said...

Avengers, Doctor Strange, Giant-Man & The Wasp - throw in Sub-Mariner, Chris, and you'd have 'Terrific' from the '60s.

John Pitt said...

I hope you post the FULL journey of TMWOM ,including "MARVEL COMIC". It's interesting seeing how it changes.I think the dodgy inking and gaffes give it a kind of innocence. Marvel UK certainly did have to learn from scratch. It's such a pity that DC UK didn't try as well, managing only 2 weeklies (short-lived), one monthly and 2 digests to my knowledge.

Kid said...

I'll be able to post examples, JP, but unfortunately not the full run. I've got all of the paper covered MWOMs, some of the glossy covered ones, and the first few issues of when it was renamed Marvel Comic. I'll have to dig out my 1976/'77 Captain Britains - some nice covers on them.

Kid said...

Dougie said the following, but I had to edit out an address, so here's a cut and paste of the relevant bit.

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Dougie said...
Ah, the Space Parasite! One of the earliest Hulk comics I ever owned- again, one that turned up in Strathaven about 3 or 4 years after it had been published.

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Dougie, I've actually got the original U.S. issue as well, plus its reprint in Fantastic.

Nick Caputo said...

Most of the MWOM covers are drawn by Ron Wilson and inked by Giacoia and/or Esposito. I'm not sure if Wilson drew the cover of #51 though. It may be another artist, although the inks are by Giacoia.

Kid said...

As you say, Nick, the others look like Ron Wilson. Not sure about #51 myself.

John Pitt said...

Kid, yes please, I look forward to the Captain Britain covers, but can you show us some of the insides as well?

Kid said...

I'll see what I can do, JP.

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