Monday, August 31, 2009

Steranko--Severin--Hulk, 1968

Longtime comics fans know the story of how Jim Steranko's sweaty head for the Green Goliath on the cover of the first HULK annual in 1968 was apparently deemed "too much" for the fans and was replaced at the last minute with a "clean" paste-over head by Marie Severin. No offense, Jim. That was just how the business worked. Remember, this wasn't art, it was commerce. Something not quite right with Kirby's Captain America, have Johnny Romita paste over parts as needed. A seasoned eye can find quite a few touch-ups by both Romita AND Severin from those days and beyond. They undoubtedly were not the only ones either. Anyway, here's the HULK cover as it made it out. I actually DO think it's a tad better. What I never realized, however, is that Steranko's original version had, in fact, been published at the time, this classic house ad! Compare. Which do YOU like better?


  1. Much as I love Marie's work, I've always preferred Steranko's original. It just captures the Hulk's savage side perfectly.

  2. Anonymous11:26 PM

    i think the redrawn head looks a bit better (dont care a whole lot for either though) but i can barely make out the sweat on the original... ooo, offensive indeed

  3. Anonymous11:26 PM

    you should try to go back to unmoderated comments... yes, you should