Tales to Astonish No. 95 Cover by Marie Severin

July 25, 2023|In General

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, when I was growing up I didn’t read nearly as many Marvel comics as I did DC comics. But that didn’t mean I didn’t have some great Marvel reading experiences.

I read a couple of Hulk reprints and later picked up a copy of Annual No. 5 when it came out, and it was just a powerhouse of a great story.

Then it was back to reprints with The Incredible Hulk No. 2 paperback. Riding on the success of the Hulk TV series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, this full-colour pocket-sized tome re-presented Tales to Astonish stories from the mid-to-late 1960s. Gil Kane inked himself on a few good tales, including the first appearance of the Abomination, and Marie Severin handled full art duties as well with guest appearances by the Silver Surfer and the High Evolutionary.

The concept of the High Evolutionary and the world he created of beast men was a fantastic updating of HG Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, and it’s stayed with me ever since. So when I found lineart for this issue’s cover it went to the top of the colouring pile.

Colour and packaging by me.

Incredible Hulk Paperback 2

The Incredible Hulk No. 2 paperback.

Tales To Astonish 95 published by Marvel Comics

As published.

Tales To Astonish 95 cover art by Marie Severin

Scan of the original art.

Comic book production art by Scott Dutton

Art made production ready.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.