Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: Self Portraits of Our Favorite Groovy Age Bullpenners

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Gathered from the far-flung corners of the intrawebs, here are seven sensational self-portraits featuring our fave Marvel Bullpen artists of the early 1970s! Remember the Marvelmania ads for 'em...?

And just 'cause Ol' Groove loves ya, baby, here's one for all you Marie Severin fans, too!


  1. Steranko's was typically nonconventional and different from the others. He is a genius.

  2. Most of these have been put to good use in more recent years by Twomorrows as covers for their various publications. The Trimpe one most recently I think on the book dedicated to him. It's a real winner.

    Rip Off

  3. Great post! I'd seen a few of these before somewhere, but it's nice seeing them all together. Interestingly enough, although I'm a big fan of Steranko and Buscema, my absolute favorites here are the ones done by Trimpe and Severin.

  4. Hah! "Cool Guy" Steranko was the only one who had no use for irony in his self-portrait!

    Not one inch of it!

  5. I love these! I own the Kirby, Romita & Colan ones. And the B & W Kirby Marine Toy for Tots. Mini-poster with the kids, Cap, Spidey & Thor. I need the other threes here. Even great srurdier paper copies would be great to own! I msde extra copies of the ones I mentioned here & the copies are bright white on a high quality sturdy paper.

  6. I remember this when it was published. I was a kid, and I naively remember thinking, wow, the artists look just like the people they draw.

  7. Groove - how in the world do you keeping dredging the depths of what was in my 10-year-old brain of things I saw, wondered about, wished I had, but never got my hands on? Next thing I know you'll clue me in on who Howard Rogofsky (sp?) was? I must have seen that comic book ad 1000 times... stared at it, wondered about it... never being able to figure out what an S.A.S.E. was, LOL!

  8. Far out Groove! Yeah somehow the artists always end up drawing themselves like the characters in their artwork! :)

    - Mike from Trinidad & Tobago.

  9. Fantastic! I started reading comics just in time to see these advertised, and used to burn up at the fact that a) I knew nothing about international postal orders and b) I was too hard up to afford 'em anyway.

    Since you're on a roll, how about next doing the four Steranko posters that were advertised around the same time? And there was a set of 100 8x11 inch Kirby prints too...c'mon,hop to it!



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