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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
MARVEL SPECTACULAR RANDOM COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...
Whilst Jolly JACK KIRBY was beavering away at DC COMICS
during the first half of the '70s, casual observers could be forgiven for
thinking he'd never really left MARVEL After all, there was a number
of reprint mags churning out Jack's back catalogue from the '60s, and
no doubt some newer readers thought, at first glance, that they were
contemporary tales - at least until they spotted that little box that
said "Originally presemted in..."
MARVEL SPECTACULAR was one such reprint mag, which
came out in 1973 and reprinted Jack's THOR work, inked (mostly)
by VINCE COLLETTA. The quality of reproduction is a bit hit-and-
miss (no doubt not doing Vince's reputation as an inker any favours),
but it was great to see these stories again, along with the TALES OF
ASGARD series as back-up in the book. The TOA episodes didn't
appear alongside the same main strips as they had in their original
printings, but it hardly mattered as I don't recall them ever
being connected story-wise anyway.
Unfortunately, I only have four issues (must dig up some more
one day), but that gives us a dozen spectacular images to salivate
over, which is more than enough for one sitting don't you think?
(Incidentally, issue #2 was slightly water-damaged when I got it,
revealing signs of newsprint on the cover from the mag above it in
the bundle. Likewise, the splash page shows newsprint from the inside
cover ad, but I've tried to reduce the effects in order to increase your
enjoyment. Who else spoils you like this, eh? If you feel like leaving
a comment telling me how wonderful I am, I won't object. Hey,
where'd everybody go?!)