Friday, March 07, 2014

Covers Redux!

Time for another installment of "Covers Redux," in which I compare the cover of a Marvel comic book with the reprint title that reprinted it, comparing and contrasting the two in order to identify what, if anything, was changed (aside from coloring). All covers come from the Grand Comics Database, for which I (and many other bloggers) owe a debt of gratitude towards! So, let's get started!

First up, let's look at Amazing Spider-Man #95 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #76. At first glance, it appears that the cover was just reduced, but that's not the case! There's been some cutting ad pasting going on. Look at the bridge and Spidey's position... Spidey is clearly lower, and the bridge is smaller (it's difficult to tell exactly what went on there... was the bridge redrawn, or was it just cut into smaller sections and pasted back together so as to make it shorter?). Spidey's web-line has been redrawn (it's wider on the original), and some has been added to the drawing of Big Ben in the background. Also, the wall has been eliminated entirely, so that Big Ben could be shifted down. It's a pretty good job of cutting and pasting, especially for those pre-Photoshop days, eh? The Spidey figure also appears to have been rlotated ever so slightly on the reprint, and the double-decker bus has been altered slightly as well.

Other than the blurbs being reworked or replaced, I don't see any real differences between the covers of Fantastic Four #31 and the reprint in Marvel's Greatest Comics #23, other than being shifted down just a little bit.

The alterations between Avengers #48 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #40 are much more subtle. Obviously, the entire image has been shifted down, but also note that it's been reduced, and the figure of Hawkeye is placed slightly behind Aragorn's wing (making him "higher," relatively speaking, than on the original). The Wasp has been relocated as well to be "higher," being placed so that she's in front of a hoof. Goliath himself has been moved, too, and one arm was redrawn. On top of all this, it looks as though the entire background has been redrawn (or at least mostly redrawn), with only a few elements of the original remaining. Oh, and the Black Knight's weapon is shorter on the reprint.

The only differences I can spot between The Incredible Hulk #103 and the reprint in Marvel Super-Heroes #57 is that it's been shifted down a little bit, and the motion lines have been removed.

Finally, we have Amazing Spider-Man #148 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #125. The images is shifted down just a little bit, but otherwise it looks more or less the same to me, other than the relocation of the blurb.

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