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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 12 November 2019 at 1:41pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

What's interesting about the Starlin original is that it looks like it wasn't his first attempt at drawing the face, either. Romita's head does look better, and more proportioned, but such heavy retouching -- here it's totally redrawn -- by another artist always kind of bothers me.

I get Romita's position as art director meant he had to make sure certain cover elements matched a house style of sorts, but it still seems wrong to do it in a way. I mean, Romita was dictated by editorial (I assume it was an editor's decision) to make such corrections, but to me it was definitely ridiculous when Romita was "correcting" faces drawn by Jack Kirby on characters Kirby created (!!). Over at DC, it made more sense for Murphy Anderson or whomever to retouch Superman's face, as Kirby was often off-model. However, how off-model can you truly be when you're the fella that created a character?

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"When did you start seeking out comics based on liking the creator's work, whether it was the penciler, inker or writer or any other contributor..."

The earliest art by JB I recall noticing what in the late 1970s "Avengers" with Graviton as villain, and the "Marvel Team-Up" issue with Warlock and The Stranger. I remember enjoying the art, and was fascinated with it. It was "Uncanny X-Men" #122, with the JB/Terry Austin combo that really wowed me, and made me the lifelong JB fan I am, with JB becoming my favorite artist of all-time.

Before that, other artists I noticed and followed (as much as I could on what money I had available as a child) were creators like Jim Aparo, Marshall Rogers, Don Newton, Mike Zeck/Gene Day, Mike Grell, and Jack Kirby.
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That is some major reworking for production. Take a look atthe star field elements in relation to the figure. Kevin can you give any background to the original art image?  Theimage I used is from the GCD, which means a scan from a printed cover.


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Matt H - "It was "Uncanny X-Men" #122, with the JB/Terry Austin combo that really wowed me, and made me the lifelong JB fan I am, with JB becoming my favorite artist of all-time."

#122 was my first issue of X-Men. I wonder looking back if I had noticed something going on w/ the Uncanny X-Men book and it was the "everyday" nature of the story in #122 that made it a good jumping on point? In some ways this idea is confirmed to me by the fact that my first issue of New Teen Titans was issue #8, 'A Day in the Lives' (my memory had the title as ' A Day in the Life - wrong again). Even in the pre-internet world I knew George Perez (from his FF issues mostly) had moved to DC, I had looked at TNTT on the magazine rack at my local drug store for a few months. Maybe it was issue #8's "everyday" story that seemed "safe" for me to jump on? I read TNTT #8 and stayed with that book for years. I read UXM for many years after #122 as well.

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That is some major reworking for production. Take a look atthe star field elements in relation to the figure. Kevin can you give any background to the original art image?  The image I used is from the GCD, which means a scan from a printed cover.

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It's from the Starlin IDW "Cosmic Artifact Edition." 
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