Jim Starlin pencils/John Romita inks; cover; 1973; image size 10" x 15" The Thing and Iron Man vs. the Blood Brothers!This is an extraordinary Marvel Feature cover by Starlin and Romita, a classic issue that shows The Thing and Iron Man facing off against The Blood Brothers. This cover displays Starlin’s affinity for the grotesque, making him the perfect artist to depict The Blood Brothers. “So many Gen Xers and Boomers remember this cover vividly. Something about The Blood Brothers ganging up on The Thing with Iron Man swooping in to save the day is incredibly nostalgic,” opined ComicConnect COO Vincent Zurzolo. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition; the title and other paste-ups are original.
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John Romita was one of the driving forces behind Marvel's Silver Age, he took up the reins on Spider-Man following the departure of Steve Ditko with issue #38. Romita's run on Spider-Man would be long and significant, introducing characters including Mary Jane Watson, the Kingpin and many others. He would be a major contributor to the entire Marvel line throughout the 1970s including designing the look of The Punisher.
After leaving the Navy as a photographer Jim Starlin began his career in comic books where he enjoyed success as both a writer and artist. Starlin credits legendary artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko as major influences to his illustration style which is apparent in his early works. For over 40 years hes been known for his space opera-esque stories where he created popular characters such as Thanos, Drax and Gamora. His most notable works include Iron Man Adam Warlock and the Infinity Gauntlet.