Saturday, August 14, 2010

Same Story, Different Cover: Everybody's always down to be the painter but no one wants to be in the picture

Adventure #328/LSH v.1 #1

L: Strange Tales #108 (May 1963), art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers
R: Human Torch #8 (November 1975), reprinting Strange Tales #108
(Click picture to National Gallery-size)


Matthew Craig said...

Gar! THAT guy! He's like a Baccalauréat Swarm!

(Fun Fact: his next appearance was in an issue of Web of Spider-Man that I think might well have featured the very first deliberate nutshot in a Spider-Man comic! Also, Willie Lumpkin And His Undercooked Lasagna!)

(Also Fun Fact: I Googled The Painter, and now I'm reading about the Cockroach Conspiracy! Good Gravy!)


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Oh. Tough call. The Strange Tales cover puts emphasis on the painter's powers and the power (selling power that is) of the Fantastic Four. The Torch himself seems shoved into the end there, not doing the drama justice.

The "Human Torch" comic puts more emphasis on its title character, although his pose is this cover isn't anywhere near as dynamic or actionative as "Strange", he looks so stiff. We see the FF's enraged face and gives us a sense of danger than the original. In here the "painter" is shoved into a small spot, also fading away altogether thanks to the consuming color of black.

I think The Human Torch cover is more likely to grab attention, but it wins only by a nose.