Confused by that pulsatin' post title? Don't be! Below we have several early cover roughs for not only the still-remembered ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS book, but two other titanic titles in that scintillating 70s series! These hefty book collections (rare for those pre-graphic novel times) were very unique and treasured, and still reside on most fan's shelves! Click below to enlarge each!
|Above (left and center): Marie Severin's rough designs for the cover of the|
flagship ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS (right) tome! Note the inclusion
of writer Stan Lee in the designs, and not just his hands, as seen on
the finished painted 1974 cover (created by John Romita, Sr.!)
|Above, left: Another Marie Severin rough for the initial ORIGINS book, but|
one that became the inspiration for the later sequel, SON OF ORIGINS (right)!
Note the addition of Conan on the rough, then a big seller for Marvel, but one
of their rare characters licensed from outside the firm! The middle
image is the b/w inked art prelim by Johnny, to be slightly altered
before the final 1975 painting (also by John) was done! Thanks to
Anthony'sComic Book Art site for the above roughs!
|Above (left and center): Two cover roughs by Romita, for the third installment in the|
line, BRING ON THE BAD GUYS! Romita (who else?) handled the final painted
1976 art (right), too! Thanks to Heritage Auctions for the roughs!
BONUS! Look below to see yet another iteration of the original ORIGINS book cover!
Here, in this 1974 comics ad, we see a line-drawn (and patched together) mock cover
that features the Silver Surfer in the line-up! Alas, the Surfer would have to wait for the
SON OF sequel to soar thru the pages of these
books in his own solo outing!