Friday, June 07, 2013

Gil Kane Cover of the Month: Creatures of the Loose #31

Kane did a lot of great covers for Marvel in the 1970s, but you need to look to some second tier titles to find some of the very best. Let me start off by saying that I'm not in love with the inking here. The GCD credits both Frank Giacoia and Mike Esposito, so that might explain why it seems to be a bit of a mess. What I am in love with, however, is the perspective chosen for this cover. What a great design! It gives it such a wonderful horror movie vibe. Was that 'Beast' font ever used for the X-Men's Beast? I know it is not the one from his run in Amazing Adventures, but it seems familiar.


Four-Color Kid said...

Man! I don't think I have ever seen this cover! What a beauty!

Gil Kane was absolutely the best cover artist of MArvel's Bronze Age. I was so often victim of bait and switch by his cool cover art only to discover inferior art by boring artists on the inside pages.

I love the way Kane cropped the picture on all sides to create an even more claustrophobic effect of the two cops trapped in the car with a werewolf. Just awesome!
Thank you for sharing it.

Scott M said...

You are right about that sense of claustrophobia. Kane did a number of solid covers for this title.