Friday, February 20, 2015

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Bob Layton Made Me Buy These!

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Ya know, not only was Bob Layton one of the best plotters, writers,  and inkers of the Groovy Age (yeah, he's still around and he's still great, but ya know what I mean...), he could also pencil and ink the daylights out of a comicbook cover! In fact, some of the best covers of the late 1970s were produced by Bodacious Bob! Iron Man, Power Man and Iron Fist, and many other Marvel Mags were just leaping off the racks thanks to Bob's magic pencil and brush!
How many of these did you snatch up?

Nobody, I mean nobody can give things a metallic sheen like Mr. Layton! Am I right, or am I right?


  1. Wow, what a nice trip down the spinner-rack memory lane - I snatched up 11 of these. I recall that the covers to Hulk #238 and Marvel Premiere #48 prompted me to just grab them without even thinking about it.

  2. I picked up every one of those back in the day! Very fond memories of that Marvel Premiere and the debut of Mr. Lang as Ant-Man!

  3. The late 70's was such a great period for Marvel's penciller/inker teams. JRJR/Layton on Iron Man, Byrne/Austin on X-Men, Miller/Janson on Daredevil, Zeck/Day on MOKF, Perez/Sinnott on FF... I remember drooling over these books every month. They heralded a new and dazzling look for Marvel's line that I hoped would never end. Thanks for posting these!

  4. Great stuff, that cover for the Incredible Hulk #242 with the character standing on the edge almost looks like the Son of Satan just in a differnet costume.

    Shane G.

  5. You sure are right Groove! I guess that's why Bob Layton was so successful on his Iron Man run. Very few artists even up to today can draw shiny metallic armour like he can!

    - Mike from Trinidad & Tobago.

  6. Iron Man #118 brings back some memories!

  7. My friend and I, who love to come up with our own "best of" lists, each voted for the top 100 covers of all time. Marvel Premiere # 47 made my list.



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