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Sunday, 27 April 2014
THE SUB-MARINER - IN TRIPLICATE...
Staying with Subby, let's now take a quick look at an earlier, 1968 issue of his own mag, plus a couple of reprints. Above is the original cover of PRINCE NAMOR, The SUB-MARINER #8, in which ol' wing-feet goes toe-to-toe with bashful BEN GRIMM, The THING. Below is the eighth issue of volume two of TALES To ASTONISH, in which the original black background has been replaced with a green one. (And the interior tale is abridged by a couple of pages.)
Next up (below) is a 1994 second printing of the first version, the interiors of which were reproduced from the '68 negs and are actually clearer and brighter than the original. It has new ads, but, that apart, is a faithful facsimile of the first printing, including the indicia, Bullpen Bulletins and letters pages. The cover is obviously sourced from a stat of the original art, taken before the highlights around Namor's outline (to make him stand out better from the background) were added.
Note also that the figures in covers two and three have motion lines around them which the first one lacks, showing that they were removed before it was sent to the printers. Isn't it interesting to see all the little revisions that covers go through in the stages leading up to the published result?
Posted by Kid at Sunday, April 27, 2014