Doug: After a short break, we're back with two more installments in our inspection of the logos and corner boxes of Marvel Comics that were released in the summer of 1979. As we said at the beginning, most of these books are from June, but due to bi-monthly schedules a few actually hit the shelves in July. We'll finish this operation on Thursday.
Doug: The MTU and Spider-Man logos are somewhat plain. The Black Widow logo is a lot more imaginative, even dynamic, but I'm not quite sure what "look" they were going for. It's interesting, but I'm just not sure it's appropriate. I like the Widow pose in the corner box, but wish the image was larger.
Doug: I have always liked this Thing logo, and the Perez headshot in the corner is strong as well. The Moon Knight font is OK, and I think this is one that looks hand-lettered; we'd commented on this when we did the DC covers several weeks ago. Nice color scheme, too, by the way.
Doug: Great improvement with the corner art, not so hot with the title. And this is one of those titles where the wording takes up a full third of the cover space. Hand-lettered, too.
Doug: Here's another licensed title, and even though I never really got into the toys or the comic, I've heard good things about it (especially Michael Golden's art). I think the font here is really good -- somewhat futuristic, and the line that runs through the center of all the letters really makes it. Nice, powerful pose on the figure in the corner, too, and the smoking hands just add to that atmosphere.
Doug: I'm not sure why, but we got a 2-for-1 of Ms. Marvel this month. You'll notice that issue #25 was the last in the series. I always thought the logo was good -- very dynamic. I don't so much care for the corner art -- Infantino, maybe? I don't think it's Cockrum. What I don't know is why they chose to make the word art so small on the final issue. The cover is somewhat stylized, with Carol fighting Mystique. It's all girl, too, with the color scheme.
Doug: Love the emphasis on the word "and" in this logo. Two great characters, together -- that's what the tilt of the letters and the powerful center say to me. Note that they still have the rivets in Iron Fist -- that just cracks me up! Is the Luke Cage logo by Byrne? Any opinions on the Danny Rand logo?
Doug: Here's another of Marvel's magazines, and perhaps the longest running of them all. I guess there's nothing special about the lettering, although "The Savage Sword of" is nice. I like the ferocity of Conan in the corner box -- a nice touch even on the mags!
Doug: As we said earlier, there weren't too many reprint titles still on the stands from Marvel Comics. I guess of all the ones that could have still been in print, this one is curious. Can we explain it away as competition against DC's military titles? The cover logo hearkens back to the earlier days of Marvel Triple Action Starring the Avengers -- took up half the cover! Nice, vintage Kirby art on ol' Nick Fury.
Doug: One more installment, kids! See ya next time.