Sunday, 12 November 2017

ALAS, POOR MARVEL - I KNEW IT WELL...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Regular readers will be aware of my quest to brighten up my room by replacing old, worn, faded 'wall adornments' with brand-new, gleaming, pristine ones.  Here's the latest, just put in place a few moments ago - the cover of The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL  #13 from 1972.  I'll spare you a comparison with the old one, as it takes no great feat of imagination to visualise a piece of rippled, yellowing paper.  Suffice to say that it makes a huge difference to the 'hue' of my room.  Won't be long now 'til my bedroom walls look as fresh as they used to almost 30 years ago.  Excelsior.

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(The original was given a 'Viking funeral'.  I don't like discarding things that have served me faithfully for many years, but at least its 'spirit' lives on in its doppelganger.)

12 comments:

-3- said...

Is this a poster print of the cover? If so, how large is it?

I tend to cheat in this regard. Much of what hangs on my walls these days are my own paintings, and i can have new copies printed at need.
But, there's a timely exception. I just last week found an old favorite wall poster in excellent condition and couldn't resist. It was a Dave Stevens' bathing Bettie - could you resist?
No need to answer that one. I've seen your comments.

Kid said...

What I did, 3, was print out the image on an A4 piece of card, from a scan of the actual issue which is in a file/folder on my computer. The old one was the actual cover from a spare issue of the comic I had, which is why it had aged. The original page was just slightly smaller than A4 size, but not by much. Usually I make the copies the same size as the ones they're replacing, but with the British Marvel mags, the margin around the cover image isn't always consistent from ish-to-ish, so by making them all A4, that helps compensate for any discrepancy. By the way, if you trawl back a bit, you'll find 'before and after' pics of previous covers I've replaced - if you're interested that is.

Ah, Bettie Page - now you're talking.

-3- said...

I am rather curious to see what else hangs on your walls, so peek i shall.
I'm fond of the Fantastic Four, too. Two of the pieces currently up were done for the King Kirby 100, so you may have seen them in the blog - the 2 page spread of Reed Richards in the negative zone Kirby Collage, and that combined Kirby & Sinnott piece i coloured. I've got a local shop that will print posters at a size just between A3 & C3 for under US$5. Makes it easy to fill the walls as needed.
Your pic makes me think some villainy is needed. Especially when reflecting upon that very nice collection of Dr. Doom covers over at Back In The Bronze Age.

If Blue Monday's topic gets bumped again and you see Bettie & Dave tomorrow, it's entirely your fault. (If one can manage to find fault there)

Kid said...

I've got some Dr. Doom figures hanging around the place - does that count? And he appears in at least a couple of posters, so he's well-represented - for a villain. You've reminded me that I need to track down a missing issue of The Bettie Pages to complete my collection, so I'm off over to eBay. I'll look forward to your Bettie & Dave post.

Christopher Nevell said...

Stalin drew a really good Thing, didn’t he.

Kid said...

Yeah, although The Thing was perhaps looking a bit too cute around this time, whoever was drawing him. I really like Starlin's UK covers for MWOM - they had that special something.

Phil S said...

You realize that by burning unauthorized materials that’s a fine and you’re a scofflaw...

Kid said...

What's that word again, PS? I don't recognise it. You realise that using unauthorized words will get you fined and that you'll be an outlaw?

B Smith said...

Ah, my first issue of MWOM (we always got them three months late down here) - what I couldn't understand was how I'd managed to miss the previous issues.

It was a great (and economical) way to read all the older stories, though they went a bit overboard with the Letratone once they'd dumped the second colour.

Kid said...

Yeah, the early issues of MWOM were the best, BS, the colour (and spot-colour) gave them a special magic that later issues just didn't have.

Phil S said...

That’s right! That why the Warren Spirit black and white reprints were so effective. They used greyscale and the effect was that of a black and white movie not just art with no colour.

Kid said...

Unfortunately, when Marvel UK tried that, it just came out a muddy grey-going-on-black which obliterated the detail.

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