This is a rare and little known unused (or "preliminary") story page pencilled on large (twice-up) art board by John Romita Sr. Depicting the first draft of one of the best known and most iconic and pivotal moment in the Spider-man canon.It's the classic story in which the Green Goblin learns Spider-man's identity, which was published in Amazing Spider-man #39 and 40, 1966. This legendary story's place in comics' culture has been solidified over five decades now, and is often cited among the top 10 comic stories of all time. It was John Romita's first story on the title, after Steve Ditko left the series (reportedly in late November, 1965, which would date this art to late 1965 or very early, 1966).
He described working out this story with Stan Lee and thinking that Ditko might return at any moment, so he tried to mimic Ditko's style as best he could. And, eventually, one of the most popular heroes in comes and cartoons, and TV and movies. Some experts would call this an "unused" page or a "preliminary" page, but both terms are a little ambiguous. Preliminary often refers to a piece that's not meant to be the final art.This was clearly intended to be the final art, but was changed. So, some would prefer the term "unused" but even that is a bit ambiguous, since it often refers to a scene that is cut from continuity. In this case, the scene is almost exactly as portrayed in the comic; it was just expanded, with larger panels (and one added panel). What I found especially interesting when I found this was the way it showed not only how Romita approached drawing Spidey in his earliest tenure on the series, but it also showed how Romita went from rough outline to more complete imagery.
Some images look like the first image from a "how to draw Spider-man" instruction book, while others are virtually complete and could be published with only some erasures of the excess lines. Some suggested I have Romita finish the unfinished portions, but then it wouldn't have those added qualities and it would no longer be of this time period. If you look closely at Romita's work, you will find that his styling evolves constantly If you were to find a mysterious, undated piece, and compared it to other, dated pieces, you could probably come within a month or two of placing the date of creation for the undated piece.
Romita has been quoted more than once saying that when he draws he is "always learning", and it shows. The art page is rendered on a large art size board, which is hand-trimmed, which is typical for pages of this vintage. Some Margin notes by Romita have been trimmed away (including the notes for the top 3 panels), but the ones that remain include. A big decision gamble on Osborn.
Burn all trace of Goblin just as axe shatters door. Spidey dresses Osborn in Parkers torn duds. He helped me destroy the Green Golin! An additional note in Stan Lees handwriting appears to read: But, for once, he doesnt feel bad. It is one of two known "preliminary" pages from this story (no comic art experts, including Romita himself, know of any others).One other similarly executed page, (not included) showed Parker, unmasked, held by the Goblin. As I understand from conversations with people who worked at Marvel during this time, as well as experts in Romita's art, this is the earliest known panel page of Spider-man fully costumed and done entirely by John Romita, Sr. Just prior to this, Romita had drawn Spidey as a guest antagonist in Daredevil 16 and 17, but the art in those issues (including the covers) was inked Frank Giacoia.
The cover of 39 is entirely Romita, but Spidey is not in full costume. This page was expanded to two pages (16 and 17). Picture of the published comic is also included, for reference. As are pictures of the final art for pages 16 and 17, as published.Obviously, the art for the final pages and the 9.8 comic, as pictured, are not included. However, I will include lesser-graded but. Respectable original copies of Amazing Spider-man 39 and 40, with this item, so you can reference and read the published story in vintage form. Aside from its significance as coming from the beginning of Romitas iconic run on Spider-man, this page also presents of the most iconic moments in the Spider-man "canon, " -- the pivotal moment in which Spider-man realizes the Goblin has lost his memory and Spidey makes a "big decision" to "gamble on Osborn" -- to let him live, and not to turn him over the police.
It was a decision that would ripple for decades and lead ultimately to Goblin's memory returning (several times) and, ultimately, to the deaths of Spider-man's friend, Harry Osborn, and of the girl he loved, Gwen Stacy. Assigning a value to an item like this is very difficult.Published pages from key scenes such as this from issue 40 penciled by Romita Sr. And inked by Mike Esposito would easily fetch six figures apiece. A color recreation of the cover by Romita Sr. Done many years later has been offered at 90,000, and the original cover which is a rendering of a precise moment seen on this prelim page would go for at least several hundred thousand and could approach or surpass half a million. The item "Amazing Spider-man 40 1966 unused large original art John Romita Sr iconic scene" is in sale since Friday, April 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Original Comic Art\Interior Pages". The seller is "comix4college" and is located in West Hills, California. This item can be shipped to United States.