Just like with our sequences on vintage comic books seen out and about in the world, so too do I have a relatively large collection of vintage photographs of writers, artists and editors either at work, in public or just generally goofing around. So why not show some of these vintage pictures off? Collected from hither and yon, here are a bunch of Comic Book Creators in the Wild.
Stan Lee circa 1979. When I started at Marvel ten years later, there were still stacks of this photo lying around the place–it was typically used whenever Stan wanted to send out an autographed picture.
Stan Lee and some fans on the street in the late 1960s.
Dr. Frederick Wertham, the great boogeyman of the 1950s Comic Book Witch Hunts.
A younger, balder Stan Lee with fans circa 1966 or so.
Stan Lee in his office, circa 1970. Sorry for the proliferation of Stan Lee pics in tis first installment, but he was probably the most photographed comic book creator of the era.
John Verpoorten in the Marvel offices, circa 1971
Stan Lee and John Romita, promotional shot circa 1973
“Groovy” Stan Lee circa 1972
John Byrne, circa 1984
John Severin, backdropped by assorted titles he worked on.
Young John Byrne, early-mid 1970s.
L-R: Fabian Nicieza, Stan Lee, Scot Lobdell, Bob Harras at the Marvel Convention Booth circa 1992 or so
Steve Gerber at work.
Stan Lee with young cosplayers, late 1970s
Chris Claremont and Stan Lee relax at a convention circa 1980
Jack Kirby, promotional photograph for Toys for Tots campaign, 1969
Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner
Steve Ditko in his studio, circa 1961
Joe Kubert and a very young Andy Kubert
Dave Sim and friend at a signing, mid-1980s
Stan Lee and Jim Shooter, promotional photo, 1978
I’ve got a mountain more of these, so expect further installments in the weeks ahead.
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21 thoughts on “Comics Creators in the Wild 1”
What are the odds that that’s Bill Sienkiewicz in that Spider-Man costume with Dave Sim?
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I think it’s pretty unlikely.
Itstr up me how much some of these creators look like their art—John Severin’s angles look lieevery parody I read in Cracked, Bill Everett’s long face is a ringer for Sub-Mariner…
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Autocorrect! Above should read: It struck me how much some of these creators look like their art—John Severin’s angles look lieevery parody I read in Cracked, Bill Everett’s long face is a ringer for Sub-Mariner…
Love these photos! Can’t wait for more!
That Bill Everett shot is fabulous!
Great stuff. Keep it coming.
I’m sure someone else will point out that the “Spidey Super Stories” issue which Lee and Romita are looking over is #5, cover-dated February 1975.
…and among those comics in the top row behind Stan in the circa 1970 photo are Silver Surfer #18 (June 1970), and Thor #180 and Hulk #132 (July 1970).
I’m after a good quality image of Jack Kirby at his drawing desk in the mid to late 60s to go with similar ones I have of Stan and Steve. There are a few low quality ones out there (my Google button is worn out) but nothing that quite fits the bill. If you have something like that Tom, that would be great :O)
FWIW, Sim is holding CEREBUS #79 (Oct 1985).
We know Stan wore a syrup, but just how often did he change it? Every photo has a different hairstyle!
Syrup? Is that slang for toupee?
oh yeah, sorry. That’s cockney slang, ‘Syrup of figs’ rhymes with ‘wig’.