Marvel Covers

Many of the early Marvel UK comic covers were pencilled, inked and then traced with the colour added to the tracing. This meant that the original pencil and ink work survived, often being returned to the original artist. The later issues however all seem to have been painted directly over the original art, perhaps to speed up the process slightly.

Full colour covers are always very striking to look at due to how colourful they are but there is something nice about being able to see the original pencil and ink work. Below are some examples of both black & white and full colour covers from my collection.  

ORIGINAL PENCIL & INK COVERS


Original cover art for issue #11

Cover issue 11 Cover issue 11 colour

 

 

 

 

This cover was drawn by Phil Elliott with colours by “Hel” and was Phil’s first cover commission for the title.

Original cover art for issue #14

Cover issue 14 original Andy Lanning Cover issue 14

 

 

 

 

Issue #14 saw Marvel’s RGB series shift from a fortnightly publication to a weekly one in September 1988. The cover art, drawn by Andy Lanning, depicts the four horseman of the apocalypse which are the characters featured in the “Doomsday Mask” story. The Doomsday Mask is a whopping 11 pages long and the only story printed in this issue due to it’s length.

Issue #14’s cover is another piece of art that NOW reused for their run, appearing on the front of Volume 2 issue #1 in 1990.

NOW Comics November 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original cover art for issue #17

Cover issue 17 cover issue 17 colour

 

 

 

 

Another early cover by Phil Elliott & David Hine. 

Original cover art for issue #31

Cover issue 31 cover issue 31 colour

 

 

 

 

Here is a real childhood favourite of mine (Dinosaurs and Ghostbusters..) and definitely one of my most cherished pieces of Marvel artwork. Interestingly this cover was also used by NOW comics in America (Volume #2 issue #4) but was recoloured by their artists. Pencils by Phil Elliott and inks by Cam Smith.

 

Unused commissioned cover art for issue #32 

As most Marvel UK comic fans will know, most pieces of cover art also doubled as illustrations for one of the stories inside. This particular piece of art by Phil Elliott was originally commissioned for the cover of issue #32 & the “Ozbusters” story however it was dropped from the cover in favour of a different image drawn by Brian Williamson.

Unused Ozbusters issue 32Ozbusters interior illustration

 

 

 

 

 

FULL COLOUR COVERS


Original cover art for the 1991 Annual

1991 Annual Cover original Andy Lanning 1991 ANNUAL

 

 

 

 

All four Marvel Real Ghostbusters Christmas Annual covers were fantastic pieces of art but for me there were two that really stood out. The 1990 annual that featured Stay Puft and this one from 1991. If I had to choose a favourite purely based on composition and colours (not nostalgia) it would hands down be this cover. It really is just about perfect, an image that has the right balance of comedy and action that the Real Ghostbusters cartoon combined so well.

Pencils by Andy Lanning with colours by John Burns. 

Original cover art for issue #142

Cover art Marvel #142 Real Ghostbusters Marvel #142

 

 

 

 

This cover was drawn by veteran Marvel UK RGB artist Anthony Williams with colours by John Burns. 

Original cover art for issue #160

Full-colour-cover-issue-160-Stephen-Baskerville-John-Burns 160 cover 

 

 

 

 

This cover was drawn by Stephen Baskerville, one of the more prominent cover artists from the later issues of the title. Colours again by John Burns