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THE UNTOLD STORY

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    The Man Who Colored The Marvel Universe:

    Stan Goldberg (1932-2014)

    Marvel colorist Stan Goldberg, who created the color schemes of the costumes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and dozens of others, died yesterday, at the age of 82. Mark Evanier has more information here.


    I wrote briefly, in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, about two of Stan’s contributions to the Marvel mythos.

    On The Fantastic Four:

    And although they remained unmasked (in another break from comic-book convention, they were going to keep their identities public), at the urging of letter-writing fans they soon had snappy blue uniforms. “Jack gave them this long underwear with the letter ‘4’ on their chest,” said Stan Goldberg, who designed the color schemes of the Marvel comics. “I made the ‘4’ blue and kept a little area around it white, and then when the villains came in—the villains get the burnt umbers, dark greens, purples, grays, things like that—they can bounce off it.” The blast of colorful heroics against a murky background world immediately set Fantastic Four apart from everything else on the newsstand.

    On Spider-Man:

    The grand melodrama was offset by Lee’s snappy patter, Ditko’s stunning costume design, and, once again, the primary-color palette choices of Stan Goldberg, who selected for Spider-Man’s costume a combination of cherry red and dark cobalt (in deliberate contrast to the more vivacious azure of the Fantastic Four).

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    Goldberg also drew non-superhero comics for Marvel in its Timely incarnation, and was the longtime artist for Marvel’s Millie the Model series. In the late 1960s he began drawing for various series published by Archie Comics.

    — 1 month ago with 166 notes
    #stan goldberg  #fantastic four  #x-men  #spider-man  #avengers  #hulk  #iron man  #thor 
    From Journey Into Mystery #83.

    From Journey Into Mystery #83.

    — 8 months ago with 93 notes
    #thor  #jack kirby  #stan lee  #don blake 
    Fred Hembeck’s Li’l Avengers, from Marvel Age #93, 1990.Click here to make the Avengers less li’l.

    Fred Hembeck’s Li’l Avengers, from Marvel Age #93, 1990.

    Click here to make the Avengers less li’l.

    — 9 months ago with 593 notes
    #fred hembeck  #avengers  #captain america  #hawkeye  #tigra  #carol danvers  #black widow  #black panther  #wasp  #monica rambeau  #hulk  #thor  #iron man  #brother voodo 
    By Odin’s beard! I spoke with Solvej Schou of the BBC about Marvel Comics movies and Shakespearean actors.

    By Odin’s beard!
    I spoke with Solvej Schou of the BBC about Marvel Comics movies and Shakespearean actors.

    — 11 months ago with 49 notes
    #thor 

    The Jack Kirby Museum opens TODAY for one trial week:

    Monday, November 4–Sunday, November 10th
    178 Delancey Street, New York City
    Admission is FREE; suggested donation $2 for adults

    It looks like it’s open 12pm-7pm most days, but check www.kirbymuseum.org for details. There’s an opening reception Monday night at 7pm.

    — 11 months ago with 1544 notes
    #jack kirby  #thor  #marvel comics 
    Steve Ditko’s Thor.

    Steve Ditko’s Thor.

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    — 12 months ago with 43 notes
    #Steve Ditko  #Thor 
    Variety, March 9, 1966:____Krantz Digging in Comics FieldWith an eye on the kidvid slots, producers are now combing the newsstand comic books in earnest. One who’s been quick to wrap up TV rights is Steve Krantz, the Manhattan film distrub and video consultant for McCall’s mag.Exec has the telefilm deed on a quartet of comics put out by National Periodicals (“Superman,” “Batman,” etc.), plus a number of characters purveyed by the Marvel Comics Group. Included in the Krantz portfolio are “Metamorpho" (the element man), the "Atom," "Sea Devils," "Mystery in Space," and "Spider Man" (a regular ceiling walker, this guy). It’s all for the color animation mill.A pilot on “Spider” has just been completed, and Krantz reports that the next one to come off the drawing boards is to be “Metamorpho.”

    Variety, March 9, 1966:

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    Krantz Digging in Comics Field

    With an eye on the kidvid slots, producers are now combing the newsstand comic books in earnest. One who’s been quick to wrap up TV rights is Steve Krantz, the Manhattan film distrub and video consultant for McCall’s mag.

    Exec has the telefilm deed on a quartet of comics put out by National Periodicals (“Superman,” “Batman,” etc.), plus a number of characters purveyed by the Marvel Comics Group. Included in the Krantz portfolio are “Metamorpho" (the element man), the "Atom," "Sea Devils," "Mystery in Space," and "Spider Man" (a regular ceiling walker, this guy). It’s all for the color animation mill.

    A pilot on “Spider” has just been completed, and Krantz reports that the next one to come off the drawing boards is to be “Metamorpho.”

    — 1 year ago with 144 notes
    #marvel super heroes  #robert krantz  #grantray lawrence  #superman  #batman  #metamorpho  #atom  #sea devils  #mystery in space  #spider-man  #iron man  #thor  #avengers  #hulk  #captain america  #animation  #ads  #clippings 
    Who would win in a fight, Thor or the Hulk? Journey into Mystery #112. Art by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone. Words by Stan Lee. Letters by Sam Rosen.

    Who would win in a fight, Thor or the Hulk?

    Journey into Mystery #112. Art by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone. Words by Stan Lee. Letters by Sam Rosen.

    — 1 year ago with 161 notes
    #Thor  #Hulk  #Journey Into Mystery  #Jack Kirby  #Chic Stone  #Stan Lee  #sam rosen  #original art 

    Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in the Marvel Office
    (1) Jack Kirby, with cover of Tales of Suspense #76 (cover date April 1966).
    (2) Stan Lee, with cover of Strange Tales #151 (cover date December 1966).

    These two photographs—rare glimpses of Kirby and Lee at work in the Marvel offices of the 1960s—were shot at the same desk; note the blinds, the lamp, and the black sculpture in the background of each. Comics were cover-dated roughly three months ahead of publication, so if each man were finishing work on the page in his hand, it might be four months before the cover date. So it’s very possible that the Kirby photo is from the tail end of 1965 (around the time of the infamous Herald Tribune story), and that the Lee photo is from the late summer of 1966 (around the time that Marvel began billing stories as “A Lee-Kirby Production” instead of crediting writer and artist separately). The issue of Thor #136 in the left foreground of the Lee photo is cover dated January 1967, which is consistent with that timeframe. One could make an argument that these pictures were taken at the same time, and that Kirby was simply holding an old cover as a prop…except that you’ll notice that it looks like the frames on the wall to the right of the window have changed.

    Anyone know who took these photographs?

    You can read more about Marvel in 1966 in this excerpt from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, which will be out in paperback on October 1, 2013.

    — 1 year ago with 262 notes
    #stan lee  #jack kirby  #photos  #tales of suspense  #strange tales  #herald tribune  #thor  #iron man  #S.H.I.E.L.D.  #shield  #doctor strange  #captain america 
    In this amazing photo: the co-creators of Superman, Batman, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four hanging out with Lost in Space's Will Robinson, Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, and Twin Peaks' Albert Rosenfeld.
Let that sink in for a moment.(Bill Mumy, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane, Mark Hamill, and Miguel Ferrer in January 1987.)

    In this amazing photo: the co-creators of Superman, Batman, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four hanging out with Lost in Space's Will Robinson, Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, and Twin Peaks' Albert Rosenfeld.

    Let that sink in for a moment.

    (Bill Mumy, Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane, Mark Hamill, and Miguel Ferrer in January 1987.)



    — 1 year ago with 618 notes
    #Superman  #Batman  #Captain America  #X-Men  #Iron Man  #The Hulk  #Thor  #Fantastic Four  #Avengers  #Lost in Space  #Twin Peaks  #Star Wars  #Luke Skywalker  #photos  #Marvel  #DC Comics 
    Captain Marvel #57. Pencils by Pat Broderick, inks by…Terry Austin? Words by Roger McKenzie.

    Captain Marvel #57. Pencils by Pat Broderick, inks by…Terry Austin? Words by Roger McKenzie.

    — 1 year ago with 44 notes
    #Captain Marvel  #Pat Broderick  #Thor  #Roger McKenzie  #Rick Jones 
    Art by Mark Gruenwald, from Omniverse #2, 1979.

    Art by Mark Gruenwald, from Omniverse #2, 1979.

    — 1 year ago with 14 notes
    #Mark Gruenwald  #Thor 
    Hercules and Thor by Jack Kirby, 1966.

    Hercules and Thor by Jack Kirby, 1966.

    — 1 year ago with 94 notes
    #Hercules  #Thor  #Jack Kirby  #Vince Colletta  #walking away 
    Thor #127. Art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.

    Thor #127. Art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.

    — 1 year ago with 17 notes
    #Jack Kirby  #Vince Colletta  #Thor