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Saturday, 8 April 2017
'X' MARKS THE SPOT (THE DIFFERENCE)...
When the 1st editions of MARVEL MASTERWORKS
first hit the scene back in the late 1980s, they weren't always
as archival in nature as they could have been. That's because,
back in the '60s, changes were often made between something
having been drawn and being published, and very often the
only sources available to the Masterworks team were the
pre-published proofs before they'd been altered.
One such example is X-MEN #5. Above is the cover as
Jolly JACK KIRBY originally drew it, and below is how the
published mag first appeared to the comics-buying public. As
you can see, CYCLOPS and ICE MAN have swapped places,
and The ANGEL's face has been redrawn and highlights have
been added to his figure. The corner box has also been altered,
but whether it was actually on the original production stat or
added by the Masterworks team to complete the cover is
uncertain. (The cover art was sometimes photostatted
before all 'copy' and 'dressing' had been added.)
Anyway, a fascinating look at the 'before' and 'after'
process I'm sure you'll agree. Want to see some more
examples? Then say so in the comments section.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, April 08, 2017