Monday, March 30, 2015

Fantastic Four #116 (Pt 5) The Silver Surfer Sneaks In

I immediately recognized a few shots of #116's Stranger and the Overmind as quite obviously based the Silver Surfer and Quasimodo from the Surfer's solo tale in Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967). This type of wholesale character substitution was unusual for John Buscema during his FF stint. His use of Kirby was pretty straightforward; he'd typically refer to a Kirby Reed as a model for his own Reed, a Kirby Sue for Sue, etc.

FF #116 was among the Marvel comics on sale in August 1971 that had an increased page count from 32 to 48 pages (along with a price increase from 15 cents to 25 cents). I'm guessing that #116's additional pages induced Buscema to rely on Kirby reference more than he normally would have, as he now had to produce 34 pages of art--instead of the usual 19 or 20!  
Fantastic Four #116 (1971) John Buscema
Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967) Jack Kirby

Fantastic Four #116 (1971) Buscema
Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967) Jack Kirby
And then I saw these panels: 
FF 116 (1971) Buscema             FF Annual 5 (1967) Kirby

The pages in question:
Page 31, Fantastic Four #116 (1971) Buscema
Also, the last panel here was likely inspired by Annual #5's page 5 splash below

Pages 4 and 5, Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967) Kirby
Pages 6 and 7, Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967) Kirby

Fun Fact! Marvel's books reverted to their previous page count the very next month, only now with a 20 cent cover price--all part of Martin Goodman's master plan. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fantastic Four #116 (Pt 2) Sue from Fantastic Four #39

Fantastic Four 116-AlienAllyArmageddon
Fantastic Four 39 (1965) Kirby                     Fantastic Four 116 (1971) Buscema 
Fantastic Four 116-DrDoom-Buscema
             Fantastic Four 39 (1965) Kirby              Fantastic Four 116 (1971) Buscema

Connections: Buscema likely looked to FF #39 for inspiration/reference, since Dr. Doom appears in both #39 and #116 (and you'll see some similar Doom shots in both issues). 

Also, Buscema's back view of Sue in #116 (the "a little afraid" panel) strongly reminded me of another image of Sue. I'll post it here next time

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fantastic Four #116 (Pt 1) Johnny's Follicle Follies

Fantastic Four 3-MenaeMiracleMan
Fantastic Four #3 (1962) Jack Kirby
Fantastic Four 116-AlienAllyArmageddon
Fantastic Four #116 (1971) John Buscema
I know I'm jumping way ahead but I just can't resist including Buckler's version here. This is Thor/Don Blake from 1989's (!) Avengers #304. 
Avengers 304-Buckler-TomPalmer
Avengers #304 (1989) Rich Buckler

Okay, back to the FF let's take a look at Johnny's fluffy forelock and furrowed brow:
Fantastic Four 3-StanLeeJackKirby
Fantastic Four #3   Kirby                                       Fantastic Four #116   Buscema

The Buscema sequence from Fantastic Four #116. 
Fantastic Four #116 (1971) Buscema
The Kirby sequence from Fantastic Four #3. 
Fantastic Four #3 (1962) Kirby

 Jack and John, was this a DA hairstyle? So '50s! ;)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fantastic Four #115 (Pt 2) Reed, Ben and Fantastic Four #32

This Buscema Sue-Reed panel had always reminded me of this FF #32 Alicia-Ben panel by Kirby:
Fantastic Four 32
Fantastic Four 115 (1971) John Buscema              Fantastic Four 32 (1964) Jack Kirby

And sure enough, I then saw other similar scenarios in proximity to the above, such as here...  
Fantastic Four 32-BenGrimm-Kirby
Fantastic Four 115 (1971) Buscema                 Fantastic Four 32 (1964) Kirby

...and here, with Reed taking center stage in both #115 and 32. 
Fantastic Four 115-Goodwin-Buscema
Fantastic Four 115 (1971) Buscema
Fantastic Four 32-Skrull
Fantastic Four 32 (1964) Kirby

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Giant-Size X-Men #1 - The Girl with Green Hair

It's lovely Lorna Dane, natch! In the legendary Giant-Size X-Men #1, Dave Cockrum paid tribute to the equally legendary Thomas-Adams X-Men run. 
X-Men 57 (1969) Neal Adams

1975 GiantSizeXmen1-Krakoa-SecondGenesis
GS X-Men 1 (1975) Cockrum

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fantastic Four #114 (Pt 2) Ben Grimm's Main Squeeze

Fantastic Four 114-LeeBuscemaGiacoia
Fantastic Four #114 (1971) John Buscema
Fantastic Four 96-LeeKirbyGiacoia
Fantastic Four #96 (1970) Jack Kirby

Hmm, looks like Joltin' Joe had left and gone away ;) --at least temporarily--both issues were inked by Fearless Frank Giacoia. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fantastic Four #113 - Classic Reed and Sue

Fantastic Four Annual 4-LeeKirby-Original Torch
Fantastic Four 113 (1971) Buscema              Fantastic Four Annual 4 (1966) Kirby

This FF Annual #4 image of Reed and Sue sure is popular; John Buscema will do another variation on it in just a few issues. Rich Buckler liked it too :) --you can check out his versions here and here

And for more Buscema and FF #113, take a look here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fantastic Four #112 - Ben and Reed Get the Point

Fantastic Four 22-MoleMan-LeeKirby
                            Fantastic Four 22 (1964) Kirby                                            Fantastic Four 112
                                                                                                                         (1971) Buscema

The full Kirby panel: 
Fantastic Four 22-MoleMan
Fantastic Four #22 (1964) Jack Kirby

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fantastic Four #110 (Pt 3) Ben, Sue and Johnny Hold Their Own

Fantastic Four 110-Negative Zone
Fantastic Four 110 (1971) John Buscema
Fantastic Four 62-Lee-Kirby
Fantastic Four 62 (1967) Jack Kirby
Perhaps "suggested by" #62--the stories are similar. 
Fantastic Four 110
Fantastic Four 62 (1967)                    Fantastic Four 110 (1971)

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