Tuesday, 17 February 2015

THE FABULOUS FANTASTIC FOOM COVER GALLERY OMNIBUS EDITION...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS & respective owners

Strike while the iron is hot, so they say, which is good advice.
So, having  taken two years to work through all 22 issues of FOOM
magazine and some of the contents, I thought it would make for easier
reference to the covers to publish them all in a single post.  Also included
is the famous poster by STERANKO, which you'll find at the foot of the
page.  Should you want to read some of the articles (in case you missed
them first time around, or have forgotten them), they can be accessed
by clicking on the links to earlier posts, which appear periodically
in the  'You might also like:' facility beneath this post.












































17 comments:

John Pitt said...

Great gallery! I was wondering did the MMMS also produce a mag in the States?

Kid said...

Yup, but it wasn't as good as FOOM mag. I may have shown the first one on this blog - I know I meant to.

Colin Jones said...

I never owned a single issue of FOOM but , of course, I well remember the name from the '70s. They look really interesting though and I like the way each one looks completely unique. So why did FOOM end, Kid ?

Kid said...

For the same reason any mag ends, I'd guess, CJ - eventually it wasn't profitable to continue publishing it.

The Groovy Agent said...

What a fantastic post! FOOM was such a big part of my later childhood/teen years. Gave me a link to Marvel and even the bravery to send them art samples. Even the rejections were cool, lol! Jim Shooter gave me pointers! The early 1970s MarvelMania mag did point the way, but it wasn't nearly as slick or cool. (Oh, the MMMS was in the 60s--they didn't produce a mag, but they did do that cool "Meet the Bullpen" record.)

Kid said...

You're right, TGA. I keep getting M.M.M.S. mixed up with Marvelmania. I've got the M.M.M.S. record on CD - shame Ditko didn't contribute. The complete kit was reissued a number of years ago by Marvel. Glad you liked the post.

Colin Jones said...

Oops, I completely misunderstood what FOOM actually was - I thought it was a club and the magazine was sent to members. Apart from the name I knew nothing about it. When I asked why did FOOM end I meant why did the club end - you'll have to excuse my ignorance, Kid. I've googled it now :)

Arfon Jones said...

Glorious!

Kid said...

When you joined the club, your first mag was included, but then you had to buy future mags - I think you got 3 (as they came out) for 50p, if I remember correctly. I suppose that I could still regard myself as a member of FOOM (having joined in '73), even though the mag is no longer produced.

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I'll just pretend that you mean me, AJ. Glorious Gordie has a good ring to it.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Excellent gallery Kid - I haven't seen all these covers before so great to see them now. I recall desperately wanting to join FOOM when they advertised it in UK Marvel way back (possibly in an early MWOM) I recall running to the local Post Office to get my stamp and postal order and send it with the application, sadly I got a " knock back" (and my money back) with a hand written note (scrawl) saying it was “sold out” and they may order more later and so I had to look out for any adverts for it etc (I was fair miffed).

I have since picked up 3 issues of FOOM (numbers 16,17 and 18) at various marts, but I always wanted to get issues 1 and 2 (especially issue 2 with that amazing Steranko Hulk cover). As I read these magazines well after they came out I was less impressed with them as I would have been if 12 year old me got them first time around in 1973 but still nice reads (I actually preferred DC’s fanzine “The World of DC comics”)

Kid said...

Funnily enough, McScotty, I always fancied the DC fanzine, but still haven't seen or read one to this day. (Seen pictures of one or two covers, but never 'in the flesh'.) I know what you mean about FOOM mag - on the whole, it was never really as good as it should have been (or promised to be).

Dunsade Dave said...

Just spent a few minutes looking at those drawings of the Bullpen in FOOM 16 and trying to identify some of the people.

That looks like John Buscema stomping along a corridor carrying some pages (with either Gene Colan or Dick Ayers behind him?), and I think I see John Romita drawing while Spidey swings past his window, Archie Goodwin shooting someone while a nervous looking Roger Stern sits nearby. There's John Verpoorten backhanding someone through a window, and I think the gent in the shirt and tie in the bottom left of the second pic is George Roussos.

That may be Larry Lieber drawing a stick figure in the room to the left of the M in Foom, and is that Dave Cockrum trying to draw while a woman does a bit of panel beating on Captain America's shield?

Anyone agree or disagree, or name any others?

Kid said...

You should track down the post on this blog which has some internal pages of that issue, DD - it contains the list which identifies everyone on the cover.

Dunsade Dave said...

Aha, just found it, Kid, thanks for the heads-up! Can't believe I missed the most obvious one of all- Jim Shooter!

Kid said...

Nae tother a ba', DD.

baab said...

That poster is just wonderful.
I remember staring in awe at a new friend's bedroom wall where it hung.

I may have had it for a few years on my own wall,but I cant be sure.

Kid said...

There's bits of it that don't quite work 'though, Baab. The Torch is too tall, the Hulk is too small, and the Thing and Hulk's stances are also a bit dodgy.

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