|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS/SIMON & SCHUSTER|
If I remember correctly after all this time, I ordered my
copy of HOW To DRAW COMICS The MARVEL WAY
from a mail- order company called MAYA MERCHANDISING
towards the end of 1979. You can imagine my disappointment when
I eventually received a note saying they were currently out of stock,
but would send one on when they received more copies. It was some-
time in early 1980 when a card through my letterbox informed me of
a parcel awaiting collection from my town centre main post office,
and I well-recall the surge of excitement when I finally held
that brown paper-covered package in my hands.
back then. (And anyway, I eventually acquired a first edition
many years after, when my collector's desire for such things had in-
creased a tad.) 11 years later (although it seems much longer looking
back), STAN 'The MAN' LEE personally autographed my copy, as
well as a handful of other books. (That was 23-odd years ago and, con-
versely, seems much shorter in retrospect. Odd, that.) Personally, I
think it's a brilliant book, and it inspired me to draw a SUPERMAN
versus HULK page (which I'll post when I find the ruddy thing)
shortly after reading it. Stan's snappy patter is a delight, and
elevates the tome far above other, similar volumes.
the first half of Stan's dedication at the front of the book, and
both it and the SIMON & SCHUSTER/FIRESIDE volume ap-
pear to have printed page 68 upside down. Whether this was done
deliberately to make it more interesting (and challenging) is always a
possibility, I suppose, but I wouldn't bet my shirt on it. Other comic
art instruction manuals have been issued over the years, but few of
them are as inspirational as Stan's and JOHN BUSCEMA's
original 'How to draw comics' book, in my view.
Don't have a copy on your bookshelf? It's still readily
available so why not rectify that right away?
|The Titan Books soft-cover edition omits|
everything before "Dedicated to every..."
|Does anyone ever really stand with their legs so far apart?|
In Glasgow, that's just begging for a boot in the nuts!
|"Okay, who's nicked my clothes? I left them right here!"|
|If this is what you see looking out at you from the mirror,|
then you sure are one ugly buggah, yes sirree