Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Take a 1970 Tour of the Marvel Comics Bullpen! YOU Are There! Celebrate Stan!

This is it! You can take a time-warping trip back to the nifty 1970 Marvel Comics Bullpen, thanks to sensational Steve Sherman! Steve took these pics during a tantalizing tour of the halcyon "House of Ideas," and here are his color images from this never-to-be-forgotten visit! Click each image below to enlarge, faithful ones! 

Above: Outside the magic factory!


Above: The hallowed halls themselves! Dig the then-current
 "MarvelMania" posters adorning the right wall!


Above: Laughin' Larry Lieber (left) and jazzy John Romita, Sr. (right) seem
less than excited, as they work on upcoming Marvel masterpieces!


Above: A wall fulla greatness! Magazine publishers would often post their
art, proofs, and finished magazines in this manner, in order to keep up
with each step of production!


Above; That's right! That is the much-talked-about Jack Kirby cigar butt, posted for all to
see by mirthful Marie Severin (a fellow pencil-pusher), upon Jack's leaving Marvel for rival
DC Comics! It's flanked by color charts, calendars, and more Marie
cartoons and office caricatures!


Above: Tony Isabella (on left, and soon to make his mark writing 
books such as DAREDEVIL) confers with rascally Roy Thomas (right)!




Above three images: Master illustrator (best known for his stellar
SPIDER-MAN run) John Romita, hard at work in the bullpen!

Here he labors over an issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, taking
over for the just-departed Jack Kirby!


Above: Stu Schwartzberg on the job!


Above: Happy Herb Trimpe, famed long-running HULK
artist, hard at work! Or maybe just napping….?


Above: Dig those titles! Every one a winner!


BONUS! How much can ya stand? Click below for more pics, articles, and debris, all celebrating Stan Lee!

Above: A wonderful 60s newspaper article on Stan, and the then-exploding
Marvel Comics Group! It also sports a rare pic of Stan without
his trademarked hairpiece!


Above: A nice late-60s caricature of
Stan, by comics artist Don Heck!







Above six images: Stan seen in the swingin'  70s, from
press clippings, ads, and promotional pieces!


Above: Stan in the mid-80s, flanked by later Bullpen stalwarts,
Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom (toiling away on SHE-HULK covers)!




4 comments:

B Smith said...

Wish someone would reprint those Marvelmania posters!

Fun Fact: That Fantastic Four issue John Romita's toiling away at is #105, the first issue I bought

Sir Andrew of Alhambra said...

Thank you so much for posting those great pics.
I started READING comics in 1973, and these pic bring back great memories.
=)

Best,
Andrew

C. said...

Thank from France.

Mike Mikulovsky said...

Thank you so much for posting these. This was my Golden Age! Really miss Herb he was a great guy & a good friend! So was Gene Colan & Dave Cockrum. I'm forwarding this on to Roy Thomas, Joe Sinnott & John Romita SR & JR. I wish I could had visited these offices back then. I was 8/9 years old in 1970. I had Roy Thomas finish plotting part II of the unfinished Man-God story. Which was published in Dec 76/Jan 77. In Marvel Preview #9 Roy's adapation of Philip Wylie's 1930 book Gladiator. Written in 1926 but Wylie had it not published on purpose until 1930.