So very clean…
I’ve said before that 1974’s Marvel Treasury Edition #1: The Spectacular Spider-Man juuuuuuust might be my favorite Spidey cover ever.
Just look at the pretty by John Romita:
Anyway, for whatever reason, this cover popped into my head the other day, so I decided to track down the original cover art, which I found (of course) at Heritage Auctions’ website.
Here’s what the Heritage Auctions site says about the piece: “With an image area measuring 11″ x 17″, this large-sized masterwork will certainly be the prized showpiece of any collection. The original illustration, drawn on a sheet of vellum, was affixed to another board. The logo and type are replacements; otherwise, the art is in Excellent condition. Signed by John Romita Sr. A signed hand-written 2009 Letter of Authenticity from John Romita Sr. is also included with this fabulous lot.”
It sold back in 2013 for $44,812.50, including buyer’s premium.
What I love about the original is just how damn clean it is. It’s as if Romita rolled out of bed, drew it perfectly, and then took a nap.
Seriously, this looks effortless. Of course it never is but damn Romita is one of the all-time greats.
But you knew that.
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