Any comics fan (worth his or her salt) knows the panel. It's from a 1971 issue of the "split" two-feature comic, AMAZING ADVENTURES. It features silent Black Bolt, leader of the hidden group, the Inhumans, flying dramatically toward the viewer, as his dearest subjects wave him on. I first encountered said comic book in a North Carolina 5th grade classroom in 1976, at age 11. The teacher in said room kept a small stack of 4-year-old Marvel comics in a cubby at the back of the room, and, for rare "free reading" periods, salivating students got to raid the treasured stash. Long story short, most of those comics somehow made their way into the collection I still own to this day! So impactful were those comics, I had to have them! Who knew Neal Adams (best known for his work at rival DC Comics on BATMAN and other titles) even drew for Marvel, let alone applied his pencils to such obscure strips like THE INHUMANS?! But, I was not alone in my awe over the incredible images seen in that issue. The sensational 7-11 folks decided to slap that same gripping graphic onto their then-ubiquitous "Slurpee" cups, during their 2nd amazing offering of Marvel cups, in 1977! Click below to enlarge images!
|Above: The senses-shattering 1971 original art for that memorable |
"splash page" of AMAZING ADVENTURES #5, by Neal Adams and Tom Palmer!
|Above: The printed version!|
|Above: The 1977 7-11 store "Slurpee" cup, utilizing that same spectacular drawing!|
|Above: Gatzen Lauder, billed as the "Mexican Captain Superstar America," is|
seen holding the above cup, as he makes a personal appearance during
the "Children's Celebration" in Guerrero, Mexico, in 2003!
|Above: A closer look at the famed cup, as seen during the celebration!|