Saturday, January 9, 2010

1978 John Romita Sr. INCREDIBLE HULK Original Comic Art! Bob Larkin!

Below (left) is the original 1978 sketch by John Romita Sr. for painter Bob Larkin to follow while creating the final painted image for THE INCREDIBLE HULK Fireside book cover (right). Click to enlarge!


7 comments:

JadeGiant said...

Great image from Romita! Do you know of John provided prelims/reference art for any other of Bob's paintings? The famous Hulk face with teeth and fist clenched has a certain Romita air about it as well.

Al Bigley said...

That's a good question! I don't know if JRSR provided roughs for that one, but it's possible!

Until images from such roughs show up...!

Al Bigley

JadeGiant said...

Well, with the Larkin portrait painting being one of my all time favorite Hulk images, I had to know. I got it straight from Mr Romita that he did not do a prelim for that one ...

“...as Art director I did rough sketches for lots of covers, posters and ads...not all (the powerful Hulk closeup was Bob Larkin's masterpiece...John Romita”

Al Bigley said...

Thanks for that info!

Al Bigley

Anonymous said...

Under his right foot it looks a little bit like Dave Cockrum's signature. I wonder if he's involved?

Al Bigley said...

It DOES look like Cockrum's signature!

And, that Doc Banner image never seemed like a JRSR pose, so…Maybe Romita only inked this piece over Cockrum's (who was then doing tons of cover designs) pencils?

VERY interesting!

Al Bigley

Anonymous said...

This image was actually printed in a Marvel UK magazine, as seen here: http://kidr77.blogspot.com/2014/05/rampage-monthly-cover-gallery.html

It turns out what I thought looks like Cockrum's signature is actually Doc Banner's glasses! Sorry for the mistake.