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February 16, 2007



Supposedly Stan rejected the original cover on the grounds that Spidey didn't show up prominently enough. Right, like all that webbing around the title wouldn't give him away... but as you can see, the very text boxes call attention to the villains instead of Our Hero. So Steve, ironically no doubt, whipped out a cover in which Spidey dwarfs puny humans... uhh, I mean, his adversaries.

John Bender

The unused cover is more effective in representing the actual story inside the issue, but it is not a perfect design: a little bit akward and claustrophobic (too many characters in a small room). The redone cover is prettier, and Kirby's Spidey figure is quite elegant. I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason why Stan dumped the first cover had to do with the fact that it was "too much Ditko", meaning that it very much emphasized the fact that Steve was plotting these stories - not Lee. The first cover clearly was drawn by the same guy who dreamed up the story, and he is giving solid insights into what the dramatics will be focused on. Lee couldn't stand Steve so blatantly exhibiting such influence and creative control.

Mark Engblom

"Lee couldn't stand Steve so blatantly exhibiting such influence and creative control."

That seems like an awful lot to read into that rejected cover design. Who knows what the real working relationship between these two guys was (the only ones who really know are Lee and Ditko themselves), so I don't really want to go there.

"Elegant" on the Spidey figure? I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that one. Kirby was many things, but a Spider-Man artist wasn't one of them. The guy could just never figure out the Spidey mask's web pattern.


The cover that was used is much classier than the rejected one. Good call on that one Stan Lee!

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