If you didn’t know it by now, I’m a huge fan of Silver-Age comics.
The Silver-Age is where comics took the raw great ideas created and put forth during the Golden Age and gave them some polish and just a tad of compelling sophistication. Both Marvel and DC were putting out some of my all-time favorite comics during this period. Way ahead of the pack is Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s incredible run on The Amazing Spider-Man. Ironically, the piece above was not inspired by Steve Ditko, but instead by his successor, the great Jazzy John Romita, who, for my money, drew the all-time BEST eyes on Spider-Man. Just the right size! This piece is inspired by the cover to The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 drawn by John Romita. You can see the original here:
What a fun cover! I read this story in a reprint in Marvel Tales during the 80’s when Marvel was doing a chronological reprinting of all of the Amazing Spider-Man including the annuals. That was my gateway into the mythology of Spider-Man and the perfect way to submerge myself into the Wallcrawler’s World. My first time encountering a lot of Spider-Man’s bad guys in comic book form were their actual first appearances! It was as close as I was going to get to actually buying the original comics right off the racks in the early sixties.
I hope everybody enjoys my revisitation of this cover. I’ve already posted a pic of this one in progress on Instagram and Facebook, but this is the first time I’m posting the completed piece.
What other Silver Age or classic covers should I revisit? Please let me know in the comments below!