Wednesday, August 31, 2011

You'll FLIP Over SUB-MARINER #3! John Buscema 1968 Original Comic Art! Triton! Marvel!

From the late Silver Age of comics comes this incredible cover art to SUB-MARINER #3 (below, left)! Another great one by John Buscema! But, lo, what's this?! It appears the cover was flopped and re-touched (below, center) before publication! Time to play detective again, gang! Did Stan Lee believe the flipped image would make a more powerful composition? Did the reversing make star Subby more prominent in the scene? And, why the revisions on the villains "face?" Mysteries we may never know the answers to, due to Stan's notoriously bad memory! I've even flopped the original art (below, right) for comparison! Click to enlarge!

1 comment:

Nick Caputo said...

Hi Al,

I suspect Stan made the change to emphasize the main characters of Subby, Triton and the monster. Notice that he eliminated most of the buildings in the background.

I asked Stan about altering covers, requesting changes and rejecting covers and you could read his reply (and Roy Thomas as well) on my blog. I hope you enjoy it.

You always have a very entertaining blog. Keep up the great work.