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
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 #17
Another early cover by Phil Elliott and inks by David Hine.
Original cover art for issue #31
This cover 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 interior illustrations for one of the many stories inside. This particular piece of art by Phil Elliott was originally commissioned for the cover of issue #32 to be used for the story “Ozbusters” however it was dropped in favour of a different cover drawn by Brian Williamson.
It’s not quite an unused cover though as it still appeared inside the comic as the illustration for Ozbusters, as seen below.
FULL COLOUR COVERS
Original cover art for issue #142
This cover was drawn by veteran Marvel UK RGB artist Anthony Williams with colours by John Burns.
Original cover art for issue #160
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