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    John Severin Western Gunfighters #8 Cover Original Art (Marvel Comics, 1972). Stan Lee lavished artistic finery on the covers of his reprint books, which represented a strategic ploy to keep the Marvel brand dominant on the newsstands in terms of quantity as well as quality. What the company saved on interiors (with all stories bought and paid-for since the 1950s et Seq.), it could apply to any number of new cover compositions by some of the best artists in the business. Hence the presence of Severin, an acknowledged master of Frontier Gothic realism. The central character is the Black Rider, seen here doing his best Jesse James impression. Ink over graphite on Bristol board and collage-style rice paper. Dimensions, approximately 8.25" x 8.5", surmounted by photostatic boilerplate. Unevenly toned, with extensive paste-ins and art corrections. Backing sheet shows handling wear. Good condition.

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