Friday, October 03, 2014

Covers Redux!

It's that time again, friends, when I show two covers of Marvel comics side by side -- the original cover, and the cover of the book that reprinted that first book -- and compare the two, looking for anything that might've been changed! Feel free to play along, and offer any other changes you spot that I miss in the comments!

And our first look is between Avengers #53 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #46. The first thing I've noticed is that the original cover was slightly reduced, probably requiring some additional drawing on the sides to extend the art. Next, the Wasp's position has been moved so she's behind Goliath, with all-new zoom lines put in place. Next, new details have been added to Iceman's ice-blast, in the form of the diagonal lines that had become the standard for showing something being shiny. Of course, the blurb has been shrunken down even more, to allow space for the UPC. I have no idea why Goliath and the Angel had their costumes so dramatically recolored, though!

Next, Amazing Spider-Man #73 and Marvel Tales #54... Some major changes done here! Blurbs are reduced and relocated, the entire piece of art is also slightly reduced... and a background has been added completely, along with replacing the shadow! Romita's signature seems to be missing from the new version.

The opposite seems to have happened when Tales of Suspense #86 was reprinted in Marvel Double Feature #10... the sky's disappeared and been replaced with daytime coloring. Also note that the vehicle's gained some new details, particularly on the side above Cap's head, and the word "Action" in the blurb lost its speed lines.

Not too much different between Sgt. Fury #54 and the reprint in issue #149, other than moving the artist credit, shrinking the whole thing down a tiny bit, and replacing the blurb to accommodate the UPC code.

It seems like Marvel changed its mind about covers with the heroes with their backs to us between Amazing Spider-Man #67 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #50. Not only did Spider-Man get completely redrawn in a new position, one of Mysterio's hands was moved down, and a roller coaster car was added!

Try as I might, I can't spot any changes between Avengers #66 and the reprint in Marvel Super Action #27.. can you spot any?

1 comment:

  1. Jon,
    Re: Avengers #53 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #46
    Interesting that Marvel just featured AvX as their "big event". I wonder if anyone will compare the 1968 version with the 2012 mini-series?

    Re: Avengers #66 and the reprint in Marvel Super Action #27
    The 3 differences I spot are:
    1. The desk by Goliath's elbow is less shadowed, and the desk pad is purple instead of green.
    2. The cabinet near the Wasp and Yellowjacket is also less shadowed.
    3. The photo (or painting?) above the cabinet has a white (or pale blue) background, instead of purple.


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