While many covers were new versions by different artists, especially in the 1970s, including Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, Marie Severin, Jim Starlin, John Buscema and Ron Wilson, the originals were also used, but sometimes there were subtle differences. Some of the covers, it turned out, were not the original publsihed covers, but stats of the covers before they were changed in production. There were changes big and small that occured, and I thought it might be interesting to doccument some of them.
|Fantastic Four # 68, Nov 1967, Kirby/Sinnott|
|Thor #129, June 1966 Kirby/Colletta|
|Marvel Spectacular # 2, Sept 1973|
|Fantastic Four # 71, Feb 1968, Kirby/Sinnott|
|Thor # 133, Oct 1966, Kirby/Colletta/Romita alterations?|
|Marvel Spectacular # 4, Nov 1973|
The face of Ego was changed considerably on the published Thor cover, perhaps by John Romita, although I'm not certain. Stan must have felt that Ego's face looked too normal and wanted a more otherwordly look. I was comparing these covers with my brother John, who felt the published Thor cover looked better than the Marvel Spectacular stat. I believe minor alterations may have worked better, perhaps deleting the beard. I do like the way Kirby drew the eyes.
|Marvel Super Action # 2, July 1977 |