Sunday, August 5, 2012
This cover for a 1968 issue of the long-running Marvel Tales reprint comic is a real curiosity. It's a blend of elements from a few previous Spidey comics and artists.
There is a Spidey figure by "Sturdy" Steve Ditko isolated and enlarged from the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #17 which is the story reprinted too.
And that is combined with an early also embiggened image of The Green Goblin by "Jazzy" Johnny Romita from Amazing Spider-Man #39.
It's not a great cover by any means, but it works. And it offers a weird visual representation of the transition of Spidey from one great artist to the other. It's curious though that they'd decide to eliminate the Human Torch from the cover art as he was also featured in the Marvel Tales issue, albeit in his own series from Strange Tales.
Marvel would get around to finally reprinting the original Ditko cover a generation later in 1983.