Topic: Comic Book Artists
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3803 - Today's blog is on an artist that I haven't mentioned much in this Blog... Bob Powell.
Bob's history can be found at his Wikipedia entry, as seen here.
When I first read the comics he illustrated for Marvel Comics back in 1965, I didn't know about the years of artwork he had produced before. Those artwork pages can be found at the Grand Comics Database.
Bob came to Marvel Comics when Stan Lee was looking for additional help in the expanding line of comics that Marvel started producing.
He worked on the Giant-Man feature in Tales To Astonish (as seen to the left), Daredevil, The Human Torch & The Thing in Strange Tales, (as seen at the top right), and the Incredible Hulk in Tales To Astonish.
Bob had started in the Golden Age of Comics in 1938, so he was well versed in producing comics artwork before he came to Marvel in late 1964.
Actually he had worked for Timely / Atlas Comics in the 1950s, (Marvel Comics' earlier name), and had illustrated two Sub-Mariner stories during that period, among a lot of other work.
When he came to Marvel though... He only co-plotted the stories and penciled the artwork. His pencils were inked by others.
I remember when he came to the new Giant-Man feature in Tales To Astonish #65. It was a good debut, with his pencils being inked by Don Heck. Bob continued penciling the Giant-Man feature, but the sales did not improve, thus leading to the Sub-Mariner taking over Giant-Man's spot in the title.
While this was going on, Bob also penciled the Human Torch & the Thing in Strange Tales, starting with issue #130, when they 'Meet the Beatles!'. I found Bob's artwork to be fine... But he was following my favorite Dick Ayers on the strip.
Unfortunately, both of Bob's strips were replaced during the same month of publication. I already mentioned that Giant-Man was replaced by Sub-Mariner... And then in Strange Tales, the Human Torch & the Thing were replaced by Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Then, Bob was added to the Daredevil title, on issue #9, where he inked Wally Wood's pencils. He stayed on the title till issue #11, with him doing the pencils and Wood inking him.
As a last title that Bob worked on during the Marvel Age of Comics, he worked on two issues of Tales To Astonish on the Hulk strip. But here he worked over Jack Kirby layouts with Mike Esposito inks. Just issues #73-74, from November / December of 1965,
That was the last of the Marvel Comics that Bob worked on. Bob went on to work for M.F. Enterprises and Havey Comics, but passed away at a young age of 51 in 1967.
There was so much going on in 1964 - 1965 for me, the Earthquake & Tidal Wave in 1964 in Alaska, etc., and comic book distribution on Kodiak Island was a little spotty to say the least. So Bob's working at Marvel Comics for about a year was kind of a blip to me.
It is only now, that I can appreciate the stories that he illustrated at Marvel Comics more, with a better understanding of his works from the Golden to the Silver Age of Comics!
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