Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1977 MARVEL TEAM-UP Original Comic Art! Gil Kane (and Spider-Man) Strikes Back!

Here's yet another titanic pencil rough from the masterful hand of Gil Kane! This was done as prep for the cover to MARVEL TEAM-UP #62, a terrific 1977 ish (one of jocular John Byrne's first artistic efforts on Spidey), and it serves to showcase all of this issue's main characters, including the then-new Ms. Marvel! Lots of action, drama, movement, and fun, all on display here! Click below to enlarge, Frantic One!

Above, left: Gil Kane's pencil rough for the image, and (right) the finished
cover, with pencils by Gil and inks by Mike Esposito! Thanks again to
Mike Burkey for this image!

4 comments:

Craig Brasfield said...

Is this a prelim or what Gil's finished covers often ARE? I rarely see tight cover pencils & have seen how important his inkers are to the finished art.

Al Bigley said...

Craig-

Hi!

This may be just Gil sketching out the rough idea/layout for the finished cover…

Some artists also did roughs at this level, then "light-boxed" the rough art onto bristol board to then fully finish the art…

Al

Craig Brasfield said...

Thanks, Al! I wondered on this cover because the differences (MM's face & left hand, SS's whole head) seem to have no Gil a'tall in 'em. I bet this was as finished as many of his covers got! So many of his are made or broken by the inker.

Kevin Phillips said...

Another example of Marvel's nutso Editorial "Cover Control": Taking a perfectly fine pencil layout and screwing it up. The initial drawing was MORE clear in Gil's layout. Also, not sure but doesn't ol' SS have TWO left hands--?