Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tour The Marvel Comics Offices in 1974! SMASH Magazine Pics and Article!

Who out there recalls SMASH magazine? Kind of a sister mag to the more popular DYNAMITE, and issued also thru school book clubs, SMASH (with it's very odd typesetting and design, by famed graphic artist Milton Glaser) aimed at a hipper, older crowd (you know-7th graders and above)! Dig this great and rare article from a 1974 SMASH issue, spotlighting Stan Lee and Marvel Comics! Marvel was still growing and evolving in exciting ways, even after 12 years on the scene, and a cool, toupee-wearing Stan was becoming a very visible spokesperson! Note Stan's groovy office and the painting in the background from the cover of SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN # 1! Click here to read a similar Marvel tour article, from the same period! Click to enlarge all images below, frantic one!



Below, left: A close-up (you can enlarge it) zoom of the Marvel Bullpen pic! Is that Len Grow or John Verpoorten in that production room? Danny Crespi? Stu Schwartzberg? And, what covers are being worked on? I recognize FEAR # 24! Below, right: The very cover of that awesome issue of FEAR!




















BONUS! That same issue of SMASH came with these mildly magnificent Marvel stamps! I recall getting (through a great deal of haggling) these issues just for the stamps, as that was the only way to get access to past issues and what had come before, in those pre-comic shop days! FUN FACT: Didja know SMASH magazine (as well as DYNAMITE) was created by future DC Comics publisher Jenette Kahn?


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

5/9/2013

Smash magazine was super-cool to this (former) youngun when it was out... it's impressive who few traces of it there are now on the internet. I see that Smash's editor, one Jenette Kahn, is on LinkedIn.

Anonymous said...

correction: it's impressive HOW few traces...

brett 5562 said...

I remember getting the stamps and I saved them and the info card and kept them all these years ,was wondering do they have any value