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Romita Jr., John - CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 Interior Page
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John Romita Jr. pencils/Pablo Marcos and Bob Layton inks; page 7; 1982; image size 10" x 15"
X-Men and Alpha Flight!
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John Romita Jr. pencils/Pablo Marcos and Bob Layton inks; page 7; 1982; image size 10" x 15"
X-Men and Alpha Flight!

Originally created to be a tie-in to the 1980 Winter Olympics, which was called off when the US boycotted the games in Russia. The story was slightly repurposed and published in 1982 as Contest of Champions, Marvel's first ever limited series. Great page featuring the X-Men and Alpha Flight by the legendary Romita Jr. Because this was originally concieved in 1979/1980 this may very well be one of Romita Jr.'s first depictions of the X-Men. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition.

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Bob Layton is an American Comic book artist/ writer who co-founded Valiant Comics. His most famous works were at Marvel where he worked on a number of titles including Iron Man #128, the infamous demon in a bottle story line.

Pablo Marcos Ortega, known professionally as Pablo Marcos (born March 31, 1937), is a comic book artist and commercial illustrator best known as one of his home country, Peru’s, leading cartoonists and for his work on such popular American comic characters as Batman and Conan the Barbarian, particularly during the 1970s. His signature character was Marvel Comics’ the Zombie, for which Marcos drew all but one story in the black-and-white horror-comics magazine Tales of the Zombie (1973-1975). Pablo Marcos was born in the small town of Laran, Chincha Alta, Peru, and moved with his family to the capital, Lima at age five. His parents, Pablo (a taxi and gasoline-truck driver) and Maria Ortega Marcos, had four children at the time: Gloria, Berta, Pablo, and Manuel, later to be joined by Alfredo (who would become a cartoonist and caricaturist in Peru as an adult) and Oswaldo. While at the Bartolomé Herrera high school, Marcos studied under teacher and artist Juan Rivera Saavedra, who introduced him to the works of Argentine, Chilean, Italian and American comic artists such as Alberto Breccia, Arturo del Castillo, Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth, Hugo Pratt, Alex Raymond and Jose Luis Sallinas, among many others. Political cartoonist Julio Fairle had Marcos fill-in for him with spot illustrations in the influential Latin American newspaper La Prensa, which led to more newspaper work. Marcos later contributed caricatures to such weekly political magazines as Rochabus and Zamba Canuta while still an economics major at Peru’s University of Lima. During the 1960s, Marcos drew such comic strips as Benito Puma and James Bond 007 in Peruvian newspapers. He became art director of the newspaper Expreso, working as well on its evening edition, Extra, and a weekly supplement, Estampa. Marcos became nationally known in 1965, following his illustrations for the trial and execution by firing squad of a convicted rapist. This wider recognition led to advertising artwork and high-profile political, news and sports illustration. He began freelancing for the Mexican publishing company Editorial Novaro and in 1968 moved with his family to Mexico. Marcos moved to New Jersey in the U.S. in the 1970s. Warren Publishing art director Billy Graham assigned him his first American-comics work, penciling and inking the six-page story “The Water World”, by writer Buddy Sounders, in Warren’s black-and-white horror-comics magazine Creepy #39 (May 1971). After another Creepy story and one in companion magazine Eerie that year, Marcos drew comics exclusively for rival Skywald Publications’ Nightmare and Psycho from May 1972 to May 1973 cover-dates. Skywald co-founder Sol Brodsky introduced Marcos to fellow Peruvian artist Boris Vallejo, who became a mentor. When Brodsky, who had been Marvel Comics’ production manager, left Skywald to return to Marvel, he brought Marcos along as an artist and later his staff assistant for roughly two months. Marcos began drawing covers for Marvel UK titles featuring such characters as Captain Britain, Dracula as well as working on “Planet of the Apes”. Marcos’ naturalistic, “illustrative” style, similar to that of Neal Adams, became a mainstay of Marvel’s black-and-white horror-comics magazines Dracula Lives!, Monsters Unleashed, Tales of the Zombie, Vampire Tales and others. The exposure afforded by industry leader Marvel made Marcos a popular artist of the 1970s. His first color-comics work in the U.S. was the cover of Marvel’s Giant-Size Dracula #2 (Sept. 1974). Marcos’ color-comics interior-art debut came at publisher Martin Goodman’s short-lived Atlas/Seaboard Comics, illustrating the sword-and-sorcery title Iron Jaw #3 (May 1975). He went on to draw the following issue, plus the Iron Jaw story in Barbarians #1 and the cover of The Brute #3 (both July 1975) before the company folded. Marcos next freelanced for DC Comics, drawing Man-Bat stories in Detective Comics and working on an issue or two each of series including Freedom Fighters, Kamandi, Kobra, Secret Society of Super-Villains and Teen Titans before returning to Marvel to do art for issues of The Avengers, The Mighty Thor and other comics. In 1980, Marcos additionally freelanced for an Italian comic-book series, Tremila Dollari per Ebenezer Cross Western Story, and created the series “Dragon” for the Mexican magazine Ejea. By the early 1980s, Marcos was at work at what would become one of his signature characters, inking penciler John Buscema on Conan the Barbarian comic books, the black-and-white magazine The Savage Sword of Conan and the newspaper comic strip. Marcos reduced his workload in September 1985 in order to tend to his severely ill wife. Marcos later illustrated a long run of DC's TV tie-in series Star Trek: The Next Generation through the early 1990s and again from 1993–1994. His last known comics penciling for several years was the 14-page painted story “Om”, scripted by Ron Fortier from a Marcos plot, in Quantum Cat Entertainment’s Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #7 (July 1999). He returned as an inker two years later on a handful of issues of CrossGen’s Ruse, Mystic, Crux, and Silken Ghost through 2003, and once again did penciling from 2006 to 2008, on comics including Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja and Savage Tales.

John Salvatore Romita, professionally known as John Romita Jr. is an American comics artist best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970s to the 2010s. He is the son of award-winning artist John Romita Sr. Romita's early popularity began with his run on Iron Man with writer David Michelinie and artist Bob Layton which began in 1978. In the early 1980s, he had his first regular run on the series The Amazing Spider-Man and also was the artist for the launch of the Dazzler series. From 1983 to 1986 he had a run on the Uncanny X-Men with Dan Green and author Chris Claremont. From 1988 to 1990, Romita had an extended stint on Daredevil. He worked on a host of Marvel titles during the 1990s, including a return to Iron Man for the second "Armor Wars" story arc, written by John Byrne; The Punisher War Zone;[18] the Cable miniseries;[19] and the Punisher/Batman crossover. In 2006, Romita collaborated with writer Neil Gaiman on a seven-issue miniseries reinterpretation of Jack Kirby's characters the Eternals. In 2014 Romita Jr. became the penciller of the DC Comics flagship title Superman, starting with issue #32, in collaboration with writer Geoff Johns.

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