John Romita Sr. The Amazing Spider-Man Doctor Octopus
on the Loose in Dallas/Sanger-Harris Promotional Comic
Cover Original Art (Marvel, c. 1979).
An exceptional image from
the legendary John Romita, this was the cover for a Dallas Times
newspaper advertising supplement, which we believe to be
unpublished, featuring Spider-Man and Doc Ock. If this were a comic
book cover from the same era, it would easily sell in the $5-10K
range, and even given its nature as advertising art, it is still an
absolutely dynamic and classic image of two of Marvel's greatest
characters. Most of Romita's Spidey Super Stories
from this era were done on vellum, and a great aspect of this cover
is that it is rendered on white art board, which always makes for a
nicer presentation. This piece, which measures 9.75" x 15", is very
clean, with minimal white-out, and is in Excellent condition.
Signed by John Romita Sr. in the lower border.
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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