Thursday, April 25, 2013
Cover Redux Week, Day 4!
OK, let's get going here! First, we have Amazing Spider-Man #117, and the reprint in Marvel Tales #96! This cover has a number of changes made to it, the title blurb was altered to accommodate the UPC code, and the word balloon was changed... but there are a few other changes that you might not immediately notice! Look at Spidey's outstretched foot -- that's new! Also, the "Vote for Raleigh" banner above Spidey has no text at all -- and the bunting below Spidey is inexplicably changed from red, white and blue stripes to blue with white stars! Ah, and I noticed that the blast from the Disruptor's gun goes further on the reprint! There's no mention of anything on the Grand Comics Database about these changes, so it's a puzzle...
Next, it's Sub-Mariner #12 and the reprint in Tales to Astonish (2nd series) #12! Obviously, the image was flopped for the reprint, but also note that the alien creature's been reduced ... at least, somewhat reduced, anyway! Actually, looking at it again, it seems the image was overall reduced, it's just more obvious at the top than towards the bottom.
Up next, we have Incredible Hulk #138 and the reprint in Marvel Super-Heroes #88! I believe this was slightly reduced, with extra art added at the bottom (Betty's legs are more visible, as are Ross, Talbot and the Nurse in the window).
Next, Fantastic Four #84 and the reprint in Marvel's Greatest Comics #66! Looks to me like the stat was reduced slightly, with extra art added on the left and bottom. I'm kind of surprised they didn't relocate Reed on the cover, as the UPC box covers most of Reed's arm on the left!
More changes were made when Amazing Spider-Man #16 was reprinted in Marvel Tales #11! The art was reduced, and the background altered so that Spidey and Daredevil were shown to be higher in the air, and the Ringmaster was reduced even more and placed on a platform up in the air.
When Tales to Astonish #83 was reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes #38, the image was reduced, I'm guessing to accommodate the larger logo.
And finally, we have Fantastic Four #58 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #3! I'm not sure why I set this up with the reprint on the left, and the original on the right. Anyway, we're obviously dealing with an all-new cover for the reprint... as usual, I like the Gil Kane cover, but I think the Kirby cover was even better! After all, the Doom figure on the original was used over and over after this!