Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A Near Kane Experience!
What's the Hulk so peeved about?
Above is Gil Kane's dynamic cover for the mostly reprint volume of Giant-Size Defenders #1. It's always been one of his more powerful depictions of the Jade Giant, the clear star of the series.
Here's the original artwork.
Here is that same cover art converted to other uses for the British weekly The Mighty World of Marvel. Kane's Hulk remains largely intact, but notice how Doc Strange has morphed into the Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing, and how the noble Sub-Mariner has become the Man Without Fear, and how the Silver Surfer has disappeared to be replaced by the Human Torch.
The Hulk would be most irritated were he to turn his emerald eyes over his mighty-thewed shoulder.
This art was later adapted again for use on the cover of Essential Defenders Volume 2. The 3-D effect of the artwork is greatly enhanced by the way it's blended in with the trade dress here. Powerful stuff.