Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marvel's DAREDEVIL! The Unseen 60s Covers! Gene Colan! Captain America!

More unearthed gems from mighty Marvel's mirth-fueled past! Here we see two daring DAREDEVIL covers, both from the late 60s, and their unused and little-seen original cover designs! Click each below to enlarge!

Below: Here is the original cover pencil art for DAREDEVIL #43, an incredible 1968 issue involving DD and ol' Captain America embroiled in a very public slugfest! Sure, Gene Colan's pencil art (left) is fine and dandy, but who could ever beat the sheer power and raw energy seen on Jack Kirby's final published version (right)?

Regarding the unused art, it was assumed that the figure of the guest-starring Cap was too 
obscured by DD's body, hence the new illo that featured the star-spangled Avenger front and center!

Below: The unused captivating cover sketch to 1969's DAREDEVIL #54 (left), and its final, published version (right), as delineated by Gene Colan!

I have no idea who the artist is on that original cover sketch! Marie Severin? Alan Weiss? Any ideas?


James Robert Smith said...

I don't know why they changed the DD/Cap cover because it would only make sense if the title of the comic for which the cover was intended was called "Captain America". However, the cover was for "Daredevil", so why the HELL would Cap have to be front and center?!

The only explanation is that DD was not a very popular comic and CA was? Other than that, I reckon Goodman just wanted Cap featured over DD.

JT said...

Cap would be featured because it would be something new or special for the DD reader, or for someone seeing their favorite Avenger on the cover of somethinv they normally don't read. Plus, Colan's picturd is great, but it really takes the reader a moment to sort out what is happening- does DD have Cap's shield? Why does it look too big? What threat is Cap if he is already getting KO'd on the cover? Kirby is less action packed this time, but Cap and DD both are clearly visible and they both have distintive, recognizable silhouettes, making it easier to interpret the scene on the cover.