|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
KIRBY and DITKO art, and ol' Greenskin looking as much like BORIS
KARLOFF's FRANKENSTEIN monster as was possible without being
sued by UNIVERSAL. (Trust me - it's far more apparent in later panels.)
I recall writing to editor PIPPA M. MELLING to tell her that the art had
been wrongly attributed to Jolly JACK KIRBY as it was patently the work
of Sturdy STEVE DITKO. She replied, apologizing for the mistake, which
demonstrates that she knew as much about Marvel artists as I did (at that
time). Nowadays, in my more enlightened state, it's obvious that Kirby
pencilled it and Ditko inked it, but back then, SD's style was so
prominent that it confused my still developing spider-sense.
of black and white, spot-hues - and an occasional page in full-colour,
of which the one below is an example. On reflection, I wouldn't have had
it any other way. There was just something about these bombastic British
Marvel weeklies that was truly magical, but difficult to explain to those
brought up on a steady diet of four-colour monthlies. (I'm talking about
Americans, Melvin.) I wonder if these relics of yesteryear are as
sought-after by U.S. Marvel collectors as they are by U.K.
readers of a certain age,
I noticed a Stateside dealer asking for nearly £450 for a copy of the
1974 Marvel Annual on eBay recently, so he clearly thinks it's highly
collectable. I doubt he'll get his asking price, but if he does, I have a big
tower in Paris which I'll gladly sell to any interested Americans for
an absolute steal (and it definitely would be).