Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PART TWO OF THE COMPLETE FANTASTIC FOUR COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...



Welcome back!  Couldn't keep away, could you?  And who can
possibly blame you when there's some classic comicbook art by both
JOHN BUSCEMA and JACK KIRBY on display.  THE COMPLETE
FANTASTIC FOUR was a terrific MARVEL U.K. weekly periodical
which filled us in on the then-relatively recent adventures of the Fab
Four (no, Melvin, not THE BEATLES) , plus super classic stories
from the early '60s.  Who could ask for more for a mere 10 pence?

I suppose it's a shame that all these titanic tales weren't in colour,
but British readers were used to the majority of their regular weeklies
being mainly in black and white.  On the plus side (as I noted last time),
Marvel had finally managed to master the use of ZIPATONE (that's the
U.S. equivalent of LETRASET) so that the grey tones didn't obscure
the detail on the art, as had once been the case with previous titles.

Anyway, that's enough waffle from me.  I now unleash upon you
highlights from another three issues of  The Complete Fantastic Four.
More CFF still to come, frantic ones - be sure not to miss them!
  










4 comments:

Colin Jones said...

The masthead was really well designed - Marvel UK could just have used the U.S. FF masthead but they made their own. I'd completely forgotten there was a puzzle page though. The only sour note is that these were the last few stories drawn by John Buscema before Rich Buckler took over and started slavishly copying Jack Kirby - something I've never understood !

Kid said...

I suspect that Rick Buckler may have been 'encouraged' to draw in Jack's style, CJ, by whichever editor gave him the gig. At the very least, he certainly wasn't discouraged. I wouldn't have minded him emulating the style to an extent, but I wasn't keen on the wholesale swiping of Kirby figures, positions and layouts.

karl said...

I love that masthead the British weekly used.

Kid said...

Nice, ain't it? It would'be been designed and lettered in the States especially for we Brits, Karl. Shame the comic didn't last longer.