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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 27 January 2023 at 10:35pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Add me to the list of those who consider JRSR their favorite Spider-Man artist.
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I loved Romita's work on Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Captain America as well and just wish we had gotten to see more comics out of him when he became Art Director, although we did get to see plenty of covers by him and his fingerprints all over the line.

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I also remember John Romita developing the visual look of a minor character who would debut in the pages of The Incredible Hulk...


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The John Romita sketch of Wolverine is a neat find! 

It possibly gives insight as to why Wolverine has those black "triangles" around his costume: they seem to suggest the claws of a wolverine surrounding his body. That's very cool. 

That piece of art must fetch a fortune.
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Vinny Valenti
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Y'know, in all these years that I've known about this sketch, I never considered that the side drawing was meant to be his torso demonstrating a claw pattern. But I think you may be right!
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Here's the full page:


It looks like Romita intended for his back to be all-black.
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BTW, Wolverine may be the ultimate "created by committee" character. From the age, to the claws, to face under the mask, to the backstory, to the evolution of the costume - all handled by several different people.

But to keep this focused on Romita for his thread, it looks pretty clear from his profile drawing that he was intended to be much younger as Len Wein had said.
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Thanks for posting the full drawing, Vinny. 

The Wolverine's mask is interesting. Romita drew the mask with fine lines on the forehead, suggesting a somewhat "furry" consistency --- similar to Silver Age Hawkman's mask. Wonder if JR had intended Wolverine to be a bright yellow? And the way he drew the two black "arches" protruding from his mask strongly suggests to me that they may actually be stylized ears. 
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