Thursday, August 4, 2011

John R. Holmes covers Fantastic Four 50
























Original cover by Jack Kirby and Joe SInnott; Marvel 1966. John R. Holmes's website is here.

22 comments:

  1. Tremendous. John's always been great.

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  2. Oh god. This is *amazing*! I was just unpacking some comics yesterday and came across my copies of FF 58-60, so I was thinking of this era. I so would have bought your cover.

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  3. Ingenious. My head hurts with the postmodernism.

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  4. Fantastic and clever!

    An A-Ha! moment

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  5. Ha ha ha! That is absolutely brilliant

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  6. Thanks for the nice comments! The basic premise here is the worst-selling issue of FF ever. Imagine a kid walking into the drugstore, going to the comic stand and seeing this cover. The next cover submission will probably be a non-Kirby one. Kirby's really fun to do, though.

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  7. I think what is also great about it is that it shows Kirby/Lee knew they had a great character in Silver Surfer. How many C list characters have been created over the years that were originally touted as "The next greatest..." I like to think of this cover as from an alternate universe where Silver Surfer was a flop like some kind of Marvel Premiere character (Woodgod, anyone?).

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  8. It strikes me a bit like "What If Drawn and Quarterly published the Fantastic Four drawn by Adrian Tomine?"

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  9. Terrific!

    We college kids wearing hats like that in 1966?

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  10. This is amazing.

    ...

    I mean, "fantastic".

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  11. This is pretty stunning - great idea impeccably realized.

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  12. This is brilliant on so many levels.

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  13. I wouldn't have touched an issue with a cover like this at the time but now it looks like exactly my type of comic. Fantastic work.

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  14. It was said before: brilliant! Very clever, John.

    --B

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