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Giant-Size Chillers No. 3 Cover by Hannigan & Wrightson

From August 1975, this was a reprint issue of horror stories wrapped in a new cover. And what a cover. The darn thing nearly leapt off the rack at you and it remains a favourite, so giving it an updated treatment was a natural thing for me to do.

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Doctor Strange by Frank Miller

Frank Miller was on the rise. He was soon to take over writing Daredevil, a book he was already drawing and getting noticed for. In February 1981, this Marvel house ad appeared, announcing that he and Roger Stern were going to be the new team on Doctor Strange. But it wasn't to be. According to Roger Stern:

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Giant-Size Blog Headers

Online friend Richard Guion (aka Cousin Dick) was kind enough to give this site a couple of plugs on his blogs Giant-Size Marvel and Giant-Size Geek, and I returned the favour by making new blog headers.

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Giant-Size Marvel Template

Marvel Comics Giant-Size Cover Template

I've rebuilt and coloured a lot of vintage comic book covers. Now, it's your turn. Here's a template for Marvel's Giant-Size comics of the mid 1970s. I'd love to see what you create in the comments below.

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Colouring Marvel Comics

For those interested in my comic book colouring work, rather than pointing people to this post or that, I've put together a list for the Marvel Comics pieces, and have also done so for DC Comics.

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Marvel Preview No. 4 : Star-Lord by Gan and Wrightson

Star-Lord first appeared in Marvel Preview No. 4, cover dated January 1976. The character was named by Marv Wolfman, and Steve Englehart created the character from there. Steve Gan was the artist.

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Doctor Strange (1978) DVD Cover

You have to feel for the folks over at Shout Factory. They got the rights to re-release the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie to tie in with the release of the new feature film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And they went to the effort to remaster it from the original film elements. That's dedication, and one of the reasons genre film and TV lovers love Shout like cinephiles love Criterion and Kino Lorber. They do things right.

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Spider-Man & Daredevil Special Edition No. 1 Cover by Frank Miller

Frank Miller had completed the Daredevil run with Klaus Janson which had made him a top creator at Marvel. His next major project would be 1983's Ronin limited series.

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The Original Star-Lord Covers

His mother murdered by aliens, Peter Quill only wanted revenge and his only goal was to get out into space to see it through. The early Star-Lord adventures were darker in tone than what we see today. They also had some great covers by top illustrators. Here they are as originally published, and new versions as Star-Lord magazine.

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The X-Men Chronicles by Dave Cockrum

Cockrum's hand-painted cover for this one-shot fanzine.

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Uncanny X-Men No. 138 Cover by Byrne & Austin

One of the iconic covers in a run of iconic covers by Byrne and Austin. With fresh type and colour by me.

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The Silver Surfer by John Buscema

I ran across a really grotty copy of the late John Buscema's pencils for this page from The Silver Surfer v3 No. 110. Detailed below are the steps from inks to layout to turn it into a cover.

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ROM the Space Knight by Jeff Slemons

One of the early integrations of electronic features into an action figure, the ROM action figure didn't do well in the market, but the Marvel comic lasted 75 issues and four annuals. He'll return to comics in 2016 via IDW Publishing.

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Star-Lord by Byrne & Austin

Back in 1976, Marv Wolfman – then editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics – came up with the name Star-Lord and passed it on to writer Steve Englehart to flesh it out. The result appeared in Marvel Preview #4, January 1976.

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The Silver Surfer by Kirby & Sinnott

From Fantastic Four No. 55, Oct 1966. Kirby's energy and Sinnott's precision are in top form as the Silver Surfer returns.

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Pro! NFL Cover by John Buscema

From 1970, John Buscema does a Marvel group of characters for Pro!, an NFL official progam.

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Superman vs. Spider-Man Cover by Andru, Giordano & Austin

When this came out in 1976, fans went apeshit. And rightfully so. For the first time, rivals DC and Marvel teamed up for mutual profit. Written by Gerry Conway, pencilled by Ross Andru (with some polishing by Neal Adams), figure inking by Dick Giordano and background inks by Terry Austin. It was a whole lot of fun to read.

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Amazing Fantasy No. 15 Cover by Steve Ditko

For a rejected cover, it's made its rounds over the years. Steve Ditko submitted this image, but Marvel's then-publisher Martin Goodman rejected it. Gone was Ditko's downward-looking POV to be replaced by an upward-looking Kirby-pencilled version.

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The Amazing Spider-Man No. 701 Cover by Steve Ditko

The Amazing Spider-Man was cancelled after issue No. 700. I'll be honest, I hadn't picked up the book since the 70s. Black costumes, clones, brand new days and all the rest just seemed like something I wanted to avoid. But you can't ignore Spider-Man. C'mon. He's SPIDER-MAN. And there were a lot of great issues I have read multiple times, and will likely read again.

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Marvel Team-Up No. 4 Cover by Kane & Giacoia

I was a wee lad in the summer of 1972. I liked Spider-Man a lot. His cartoon (the 1967 series) was on TV (and still rules today). But it wasn't until Mom gave me 20¢ in the drugstore that I bought a copy of this, my first comic.

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