John Romita Sr. and Harry Rosenbaum - The Spectacular Spider-Man
#1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968).
For the premiere issue of
their new black and white magazine featuring Spider-Man, Marvel
brought in "men's magazine" artist Harry Rosenbaum to paint the
finished cover. Working from John Romita's tight cover design,
Rosenbaum rendered the image in acrylic paint on illustration
board, striving to create a striking three dimensional image of the
webbed wall-crawler in action. The magazine hit the stands in April
of 1968, at the very zenith of the Silver Age. "Lo, this Monster"
featured plot elements that made it contemporaneous with the
sub-plots in Amazing Spider-Man
#59. Harry Rosenbaum also
painted the cover for Skywald's Nightmare
#4, but it is
comic book legend John Romita's terrific composition that captures
the excitement and essence of the Spider-Man we all know and love.
The image area measures approximately 11.5" x 15", and the
lettering "placement indication" is painted on an acetate overlay.
The art is in Excellent condition. The cover art for Spectacular
#2 commanded a sensational price in Heritage Comics'
2002 Signature auction, and this piece will certainly be a welcome
addition to even the most distinguished collection.
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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