|While this may look like a cover from Strange Tales, it's actually the splash page with new lettering added by Morrie Kuramoto. Monsters on the Prowl # 22, April 1973|
When it was decided to reprint the lead story from Strange Tales #93, "When The Thing Runs Amok" some changes were made. Monsters were popular at the time and many of the pre-hero stories were reprinted. The original covers were often used, artists were commissioned to provide new artwork, such as Gil Kane and Jim Starlin. In the case of the above story there was no original cover to accompany it, since the cover to Strange Tales # 93 broke tradition and did not use a scene from the lead story, but a Lee-Ditko back-up instead.
Roger Stern's editorial from the final issue of Weird Wonder Tales. Dr. Druid illo by Marie Severin.
In a touch of serendipity, as I was planning out this blog and discussing it with Barry Pearl he showed me Tony Isabella's quote from Roger Stern about his input. Tony wrote about Marvel's horror/monster reprints just last week, adding some very interesting information. You can read all about it here:
I'd like to thank Barry Pearl and Tony Isabella for their analysis, background info and enthusiasm.
I think its fitting to end with Jack Kirby's final monster cover for Marvel. Kirby would go on to draw two of the Dr. Druid covers, but Kirby would soon leave Marvel for the last time, and his era of monsters and heroes, both large and small, had some to an end. We would not see its like again.
|Krang does his part for urban renewal. Jack Kirby knocks it out of the park one last time. Cover inked by Klaus Janson, from Weird Wonder Tales # 18, Oct 1976. Stern was also reprinting Bill Everett's Venus as a back-up strip.|