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Mike Norris
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Posted: 08 December 2019 at 6:20pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Spider-Man and Iron Man?
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Dale E Ingram
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Around the time of Alpha Flight #4, JRJr was finishing his Spider-Man run, and starting on Uncanny X-Men.
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 12:50pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I know what JRjr was doing. I just don't know what Romita Sr. was doing at that time. 

Wikipedia doesn't list him as having penciled or inked any Marvel comics in the early '80s except AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238. (Introduction of the Hobgoblin, I think.) And THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL EDITION, whatever that was. 

(I forgot another great Marvel artist from the early '80s -- Paul Smith. Still hard to believe he did such little work there -- his runs on X-MEN and DOCTOR STRANGE, and that's it!)
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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 1:38pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Romita had even quit drawing the Spider-man newspaper strip by that point.

I think we was probably concentrating on art for merchandise and his duties as art director by that point.

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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 09 December 2019 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

That all said, Romita was a fantastic artist.  He, Kurt Schaffenberger and Gil Kane are my favorites from the 1960's.

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Craig Earl
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Posted: 14 December 2019 at 11:29am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Along with JB, the artists/books from that period that stick with me are Layton's Iron Man,Sienkiewicz on Moon Knight, MIller & Janson's DD and Buscema's Conan. Throw in the odd run from Paul Smith or fill in from Barry Windsor-Smith, and IMO it was a good time for artists to show their stuff.

Shame that the paper quality throughout much of this time didn't do their work justice.
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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 14 December 2019 at 12:00pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Oh Craig, the 80's was THE era for me!!  I had been sort of collecting comics since I was 9 in 1980, but my collecting really went into high gear at that point.  

THE comic that got me into buying on a monthly basis was DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 - solely because of the NEW TEEN TITANS preview insert.  I had read a very few TEEN TITANS comics before that, but loved the whole sidekicks forming a "club" of their own concept.  When I saw  house-advertisement for the NEW Teen Titans preview in DCCP #26, I knew I had to have it.  I haven't looked back since.

The 80's was not only "my" era, it was also filled with some modern classics:

JB's Fantastic Four
JB's Alpha Flight
Wolfman and Perez's New Teen Titans
Levitz and Giffen's Legion of Super-Heroes
Miller's Daredevil
Simonson's Thor
Clarement and Smith's Uncanny X-Men
JB's Superman titles
Perez's Wonder Woman
... I just KNOW I am forgetting some, but you remember, you were there!

Marc





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Craig Earl
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Posted: 14 December 2019 at 12:20pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I'm with you, Marc. Incidentally, I thought that this was a weak time for two Marvel heavyweights in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk books (at least, in a strictly artistic sense).

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Brian Miller
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 6:21am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Stern/JRjr then DeFalco/Frenz weak on AS-M?!? Man, how high are your standards?
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Craig Earl
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I'm with you, Marc. Incidentally, I thought that this was a weak time for two Marvel heavyweights in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk books (at least, in a strictly artistic sense).

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I know that JRjr started on Spidey at this time, but I thought it took him a couple of years to get into the groove (for me, he peaked on The Punisher)
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Craig Earl
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 7:04am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Stern/JRjr then DeFalco/Frenz weak on AS-M?!? Man, how high are your standards?

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It's just down to personal taste. I was a huge fan of Ross Andru's ASM
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