Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Captain Marvel v2 #29 - alternate Jim Starlin cover


This cover to Captain Marvel v2 #29 has the hero's face as originally drawn by Jim Starlin. The expression seems pained and the rendition somewhat harsh. I have to admit John Romita's final published head is better. See today's posts or more Starlin or Captain Marvel issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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3 comments:

  1. I have to say I disagree with you here. In my opinion the Starlin version is far preferable. I like Romita as an artist, and he did some great covers for Marvel, but I always hated it when he made changes to other artists' work. As far as I know, he didn't insist on doing this but was asked to do it by editors (or perhaps Stan). Romita didn't attempt to draw in the style of the original artist, and I always thought his revisions stuck out like a sore thumb. Was it really necessary to "correct" Kirby? Adams? Starlin? It would have been better to respect the artistic choices of the original artist.

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  2. I agree w/ Curm. The Romita face is HORRIBLE. It looks like a Saturday morning cartoon face plastered over a masterpiece. Starlin captured the anguish and turmoil that his CM went through while the Romita looks generic with an expression like a deer in the headlights.

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  3. It's odd. I know Romita was the go-to guy for touching up Marvel covers and for the most part things are better left alone. Here however, I think he salvaged what is otherwise a spectacular work. Starlin's head seems too narrow and the eyes are way to small. Almost nonexistent. The head doesn't fit on the body. Anyway, something wasn't sitting right with the Marvel art directors, because just two issues later, #31, it looks like they used Romita again to touch up the Captain's head. I would really like to see the Starlin original. Does anyone have possession of the pre-Romita version?

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