Monday, January 30, 2017

Original Art Origins of ORIGINS (OF MARVEL COMICS)! Severin Origins! Bronze Age Madness!

Confused by that pulsatin' post title? Don't be! Below we have several early cover roughs for not only the still-remembered ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS book, but two other titanic titles in that scintillating 70s series! These hefty book collections (rare for those pre-graphic novel times) were very unique and treasured, and still reside on most fan's shelves! Click below to enlarge each!

Above (left and center): Marie Severin's rough designs for the cover of the
flagship ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS (right) tome! Note the inclusion
of writer Stan Lee in the designs, and not just his hands, as seen on
the finished painted 1974 cover (created by John Romita, Sr.!)

Above, left: Another Marie Severin rough for the initial ORIGINS book, but
one that became the inspiration for the later sequel, SON OF ORIGINS (right)!

Note the addition of Conan on the rough, then a big seller for Marvel, but one
of their rare characters licensed from outside the firm! The middle 

image is the b/w inked art prelim by Johnny, to be slightly altered 
before the final 1975 painting (also by John) was done! Thanks to
Anthony'sComic Book Art site for the above roughs!

Above: John Romita's inked cover art, to be used in
print ads for the block-busting book! Thanks
to Brian Peck for sharing this!

Above (left and center): Two cover roughs by Romita, for the third installment in the
line, BRING ON THE BAD GUYS! Romita (who else?) handled the final painted
1976 art (right), too! Thanks to Heritage Auctions for the roughs!

BONUS! Look below to see yet another iteration of the original ORIGINS book cover!
Here, in this 1974 comics ad, we see a line-drawn (and patched together) mock cover 
that features the Silver Surfer in the line-up! Alas, the Surfer would have to wait for the 
SON OF sequel to soar thru the pages of these
books in his own solo outing!

Silver Age Avengers Strike Back! Captain America! 1975 John Romita Sr. Cover Art!

Can you ever get enough original art from the hand of John Romita, Sr.?  Of course ya can't! Peek below to drool over yet another unearthed gem, the time from the bountiful Bronze Age of comics! Here we see a vignette drawn by "Jazzy" John, for the fabulous front cover of the awkwardly-titled GIANT-SIZED MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION, from 1975! Once again, the sensational Silver Age version of the awesome Avengers are seen, as only rapturous Romita could delineate them! Click below to enlarge!

The above comic book was an all-reprint issue, featuring stories
that originally saw the light of day in the sizzlin' 60s!

BONUS: Glance below to see even more delightful details from the above cover art! It's Johnny's fabulous original art for the Daredevil portion of said cover!

Thanks to Michael Lovitz for passing this one along! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

More John Romita Rarities! X-MEN "Silver Age" Trading Card Art Roughs! Cyclops! Beast!

Time to force open yet another comic art treasure chest! This time, take a look inside the bountiful box, to view some wonderfully rare Romita treasures, all from my own collection, and all from the mid-90s! Here are Johnny's pencils and rough designs for a Fleer X-MEN trading card set! Even in the 90s, JRSR still brought so much excitement and drama to his work! Click each below to enlarge!

Above, left: Here is Romita's take on the 60s version of the bouncing
and verbose Beast, seen here in a magnificent marker comp
drawing! Right: The finished, published card!

Above, left: Johnny's powerful pencil sketch layout
for the finished (right) Cyclops card!

Above, left and middle: Romita's amazing sketches for
the Angel card, seen in a dynamic flying pose,
and (right) the finished published product! 

Above, left: JRSR's perfect pencil idea for the "Professor X"
card, and (right) the final painted image!

Above: The awe-inspiring original art, as displayed on my wall!
Wanna take a closer gander at that swell MARVEL TEAM-UP PAGE?
Just click here!

BONUS! Peer below to see more Romita card roughs (from the same series as those pictured above), this time featuring the jet-setting Jean Grey, and the irascible Iceman!

BONUS BONUS! Click below to enlarge these two full and finished card set paintings by Romita!

Thanks to fearless Frank Giella for the above scans!

BONUS BONUS BONUS! What's this? Somebody would dare to dispute the gargantuan greatness of JRSR's work? Ah, art directors. Look below to check the notes from a nosy nabob who thinks to improve upon the above awe-inspiring images!