Marvel Premiere #6 / Doctor Strange - Mike Ploog cover, Frank Brunner art

Mike Ploog
Marvel Premiere v1 #6 featuring Doctor Strange, 1973 - His first pencils on the series, Frank Brunner struggles with the layouts and character's facial expressions. Sal Buscema's inks compound this further, adding too much detail and definition in many cases. The opening splash is the sole standout, and appears to have been inked by Ralph Reese (?). Mike Ploog's cover fares much better, although Dr. Strange seems secondary to the underwater alien life-form. Interestingly, the artist originally drew the woman facing the reader, but this final version makes much more sense. This is number 2 of 4 Marvel Premiere issues with Ploog art and/or covers and number 2 of 8 Marvel Premiere issues with Brunner art and/or covers.
- - - - - - - - - -
Ploog cover pencils and inks = ***
"The Shambler from the Sea" Brunner story pencils (Sal Busecma inks) 21 pages = **

Frank Brunner
- - - - - - - - - -
Home / original cover / Ploog / Brunner / Marvel Premiere
>this issue >Brunner >Ploog >Marvel Premiere


  1. Having seen the original art for this cover somewhere online I can confirm that the woman was redrawn, likely by Frank Giacoia, or Marie Severin and Giacoia.

    Nick Caputo

  2. The woman's face looks like Severin, but not so much the body. The inks still look like Ploog to me. Based on what I've seen of her 1970s Sub-mariner work, her style even has a slight resemblance to Ploog. Interesting....

  3. Here is the original cover by Ploog: