Saturday, April 14, 2007

Comic Book Cover of the Day!

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Here we have the cover of Flash 185, featuring yet another exploitation cover of sorts... as well as an ironic one, given that the hippie protestors had signs proclaiming themselves to be against violence, yet are attacking our hero, The Flash!

This cover was by Ross Andru, inked by Mike Esposito. Andru was one of DC's mainstays in the last Silver Age, and covered a number of different titles while he was there... I used to have a number of Superman issues with his artwork in them! Of course, in the 1970s, he mostly did work at Marvel, particularly a run on Amazing Spider-Man.

The interior of this book may well have been by another DC mainstay, who had a long run on Flash after Carmine Infantino left the art chores... that mainstay being Irv Novick, who in his comics career worked at Archie (back when they were doing super-heroes), among other companies. So far as I know, he didn't do anything at Marvel.

Novick did quite a few issues of Flash in the 70s, and did more than a fair share of Batman stories, too. From what I've read of the man (and heard from him when I've transcribed interviews in which he was a participant), the guy was humble to the core... and always seemed mystified why anyone would have any interest in hearing what he had to say about the comics work he did. "It was just a job" was pretty much the most he would say, much to the frustration of gents like Mark Evanier and others!


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