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John Romita Sr., Mike Esposito, and Tony Mortellaro The Amazing Spider-Man #125 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1973)....

2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 22, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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John Romita Sr., Mike Esposito, and Tony Mortellaro The Amazing Spider-Man #125 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1973). This was just the second appearance of the Man-Wolf! Of the new group of Spider-Man villains that came along in the 1970s, Man-Wolf may well have been the most memorable and menacing. Of course, the beast's alter ego is none other than John Jameson, son of Jonah, and the lady in distress here is none other than Jameson's own fiancée! Spider-Man saw his own girlfriend Gwen Stacy die at the hands of a supervillain just five issues earlier in the classic #121, and Marvel made sure he mentioned that fact on this dramatic cover. As a side note, background inker Mortellaro managed to slip in a little signature: the sign in the background doesn't advertise a motel. but a "Mortel"!The art has an image area of 10" x 15" and it includes its original logo and masthead paste-up copy. Some light soiling, and production process staining along the extreme edges; otherwise the work is in Very Good condition.

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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