POW! A terrific example of the greatness that was Marvel Comics in the bristlin' Bronze Age! Take in this gorgeous 1972 cover to FANTASTIC FOUR #120, by "Big" John Buscema! Dig that compelling composition! Note how the debuting villain (soon to be revealed as the latest in a long line of heralds to the world-destroying super-foe Galactus) is "framed" by the crowd, buildings, and the seemingly defeated Fantastic Four members, all directing your eye back to his imposing, evil-emanating figure! Heck, John even had some of the crowd actually point to him! Even with the characters placed in non-action oriented poses, you still get a real sense of danger and drama! Click image to enlarge!
|Note the desperate doodle on the art above, imploring John to get this drawn and|
handed in before the dreaded deadline!
FUN FACT! Didja know that a large (11 by 17 inch) glossy poster reproduction of this cover came with this issue (below) of SMASH magazine, in 1975? I had it! This mag was offered thru the ubiquitous Scholastic book club then, and I had to have a pal in another homeroom snag it for me (my teacher didn't subscribe), just to get that poster!