John Romita Sr. Amazing Spider-Man
Annual #3 Spider-Man vs. the Hulk and the Mighty
Avengers Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1966).
Spider-fans -- and feast your eyes on the ultimate "twice-up" John
Romita Sr. Spider-Man
cover. It's worth noting this was the
first of only three Annual covers that Romita Sr. drew from this
era. Jazzy Johnny was already making his own colossal contribution
to the sterling legacy left behind by Sturdy Steve Ditko (who is
represented in the two photostat images of Spidey vs. Doctor
Octopus at the bottom of the page). Large-size Marvel covers are
rarely offered in the marketplace, let alone any from a Silver Age
Annual. With its iconic images of the Hulk and the Mighty Avengers,
this cover for "To Become an Avenger" is not just a knock-out --
it's nothing less than a peerless, priceless piece of Spider-Man
art. Any Marvelite who snatched this Annual off the spinner-rack
has this spectacular slugfest seared into his memory. For True
Believers, an art showpiece doesn't get any better than this. The
image area measures 13" x 20", and the art is in Excellent
condition, with a few scattered glue stains that have little effect
on the overwhelming power of the image. Please note that all of the
figures in the main image area are original art. Iron Man and the
Wasp were drawn on separate pieces of paper from the other figures.
Includes the original title logo and other production elements.
Romita Sr., John:(American, b. 1930): John Romita Sr. started drawing comics after spending a year in commercial art. His first jobs were done for the Atlas group in 1949, and he drew mostly horror and romance stories, but also war, western, and crime features. After the Atlas implosion, Romita Sr. went to DC, where he drew romance stories for eight years. After that, it was back to Marvel, where he initially inked The Avengers and drew Daredevil. However, Romita Sr.'s most celebrated work was done for the Amazing Spider-Man, the feature he took over when Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko left Marvel in 1966. Under Romita Sr.'s tenure, Spider-Man became one of the comic field's most popular characters. Romita Sr. left his regular Spider-Man art chores in the early seventies to become an Art Director at Marvel in the Special Projects Department, and as Art Director for Marvel Books. In 1977, Romita Sr. briefly drew the syndicated Spider-Man newspaper comic strip. His son, John Romita Jr., is also an artist at Marvel.
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