Sunday, May 2, 2010

Marvel Treasury Edition #7 / Avengers - Jack Kirby cover


Marvel Treasury Edition v1 #7 / Avengers, 1975 - This collection reprints some of John Buscema's finest stories from Avengers #52, 57, 60 and 83. From the Vision's first appearance to the timely "women's liberation" issue, you can better appreciate the progression of his work on the title. Jack Kirby's cover is by and large disappointing. The multiple figures look hurriedly drawn with a minimum of detail. The cramped layout squeezes in eight heroes, although why Captain America is suspended so high is a mystery. His back cover is a much better representation of his bronze age drawing style, although it does seem to falter as the characters recede into the background. This is number 4 of 7 Marvel Treasury Edition issues with Kirby art, reprints and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Avengers or Marvel Treasury issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = **
Kirby back cover pecils (Frank Giacoia inks) = ***
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3 comments to date:

Rip Jagger said...

That Kirby back cover always makes me smile because apparently "The King" did not realize that Giant-Man and Yellowjacket were the same guy.

It's barely possible that he was being symbolic, but I prefer the notion that he was given some images and instructed to make them work together.

No one checked Kirby or cared enough to try. Marvel was pretty chaotic at this time.

Anyway, despite the lack of logic in the design as usual Kirby's energy makes me like the overall effect.

Rip Off

Danman said...

The Vision on the back cover seems redrawn. Cockrum?

BrittReid said...

Curious that Hank Pym appears three times in three different costumes (Giant-Man and YellowJacket on the back, Goliath on the front) but the Wasp appears in the same costume on both the front and back!
Considering her wardrobe was even bigger than his, they could have at least given her the helmet she initially wore on one of them!
And why didn't Iron Man have one of his earlier armors on one of the two covers? (the all-yellow or pointy-helmet versions would've been kool!)