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Ross Andru pencils/John Romita inks; cover; 1976; image size 10" x 15"
Spidey, Nightcrawler and The Punisher!Extraordinary, fresh to market Spider-Man cover by Andru and Romita, featuring Spider-Man and Nightcrawler facing down The Punisher (in only his sixth cover appearance!) atop the Roosevelt Island tram. A classic, memorable cover from Spider-Man's Bronze Age. Andru's slick, clean drawing was the perfect choice to follow the revolutionary work Romita contributed to Spider-Man, and this cover collaboration between the two of them feels like a natural progression to where the book was heading. To have Nightcrawler (who had only made his debut the year prior) from the X-Men appear, along with the relatively new character of the Punisher, makes this a transitional period for Spider-Man, embracing the direction the Marvel Universe was morphing into. These covers just don't come around very often, this one had been in a collection for almost 40 years! It was originally donated by Andru shortly after being published to the Chicago Comicon Benefit art Auction for Literacy Volunteers of Chicago and has never been offered for sale since. The logos and stats are all original. Pen and ink. Art is in very good condition, there are light residual glue stains and tape around the logo paste-up from the time of production.
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Ross Andru was an American comics artist and editor. He is best known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and The Metal Men, and for having co-created The Punisher. During Andru's long career he also worked on Sgt. Rock, the Suicide Squad features in the Brave and the Bold, Rip Hunter, Time Master and Sea Devils at DC. At Marvel Andru contributed to Marvel Feature (where he drew the 1st appearance of The Defenders) and Marvel Team-Up among others.
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.