Tuesday, June 05, 2012
It's time for Cover Redux, and first up, we have the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #135 and the reprint in Marvel Tales #112! Now, looking at these covers side-by-side, it looks as though the two covers differ only in that the original was enlarged slightly, and some of the coloring is different. The expressions on Harry Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, and Liz Allen appear slightly different, but I think that's mostly due to Marvel using a Stat (the musculature on Spidey seems different, too, but I think that's another stat issue).
Next, it's a "gimme" -- Capt. Savage and His Leatherneck Raiders #6 on the left, and the cover of Sgt. Fury #154 on the right, where it was reprinted! Obviously, completely different -- what's odd to me is that if they'd just used the original cover (with a reworking of the blurb at the bottom) we'd have actually had a Howler on the cover in the reprint! Or is that supposed to be him leading the run up top?
Next up, it's X-Men #45 and the reprint in Marvel Triple Action #45! Yes, this was a rare issue of the latter title, as it had been exclusively Avengers reprints since about issue 5 or 6, but this story was needed to maintain the reprinted continulity! The biggest changes are, of course, the slight enlarging and recoloring of the cover (check out Pietro's gloves on the original), plus some of the speed lines got removed on the reprint (look above Pietro's upraised arm). Any other variances can probably be explained by the use of a stat for the reprint, I think. Interesting how Cyke's eyebeam looks less powerful on the reprint... and also how it seems that Cyclops wasn't a very good shot -- what the heck was he aiming at?!?
This one is also a bit easy -- Silver Surfer #9 on the left, Fantasy Masterpieces #9 (that's vol. 2, of course) on the right! Looks to me like it was raised up a bit, with new art added at the bottom -- presumably this was to make room for the UPC code, which would've otherwise hidden the blast. Now, maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it have been easier to just flip the art instead and then leave it more or less as is? Although I suppose it would've needed to be cropped on the bottom and shifted down anyway. Also note that the Silver Surfer logo isn't the same in the reprint -- it's more "mechanical" and less "organic."