SOLD ON: Monday, 12/14/2020 9:55 PM
COMMENTS: John Romita pencils/Ernie Chan inks; cover; 1973; image size 10.25" x 15.75"
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John Romita pencils/Ernie Chan inks; cover; 1973; image size 10.25" x 15.75"Thongor battles a Lizard-Hawk in this exciting Bronze Age cover by Romita and Chan. A beautiful cover by one of the architects of the Marvel Universe, Romita emerged as one of the most popular and reliable of all of the bullpen artists and was often called upon to provide dynamic covers to books, and this is no exception. There was some reworking done to this cover from it's original creation, seen here, to it's final printed form. It appears that the main art images of Thongor and the creature were statted and adjusted to better position them for Marvel's production-used cover, a new background was then added. The main figures here were 100% taken from this drawing and this is the original version for the printed cover. All Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition, the final, extra Lizard-Hawk's head and neck were drawn on separate board and patched in to the art board on top of the first version. Signed by Romita.
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.
Ernesto "Ernie" Chan born and sometimes credited as Ernie Chua, was a Chinese-American comics artist, known for work published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including many Marvel issues of series featuring Conan the Barbarian. Chan also had a long tenure on Batman and Detective Comics. Other than his work on Batman, Chan primarily focused on non-superhero characters, staying mostly in the genres of horror, war, and sword and sorcery.