Sunday, January 27, 2013
To Conquer A Colossus!
This cover by Jack Kirby and Dan Adkins for the reprint title Marvel Triple Action #29 offers up an action-packed scene featuring Goliath and the rest of the Avengers from that era.
The Kirby cover is a reworking of this scene by Gil Kane which was used as the original cover for Avengers #37 which first featured the story "To Conquer A Colossus!" by Roy Thomas. Kane was doing a host of covers for Marvel at this moment and this image was deemed stronger than the original produced by Don Heck.
Here is that original Don Heck cover, offering up yet a third interpretation of the same scene of Goliath caught in the energetic cords of the Ultroid leader Ixar's robot warrior, his fellow Assemblers rushing to save him.I suspect this cover was rejected because too many of the Avengers have their backs to the reader. Pietro is virtually invisible.
And here's what one fan created by adding color to Heck's artwork, giving us a great look at what might've been had the original cover been used and had gone to press. Beautiful.
Three interpretations of the same cover by three great artists. Take your pick!