Need help identifying this Romita Spidey art
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This is my single favorite Spider-Man art of all time.  However, I don’t know where this image originally appeared!  I am fairly certain it was never on a comic cover and also pretty sure it never appeared within any comic pages, either.

I know Romita worked as an art director at Marvel for a while where he created promotional material.  I imagine the artwork was originally used in this way, but does anyone know the source or first appearance?

Thank you! 

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2 hours ago, kav said:

It was reused in many sticker and decal items.

Yep!  I’ve seen countless iterations over the years.  Stickers, posters, models, etc.  I have just never seen the original source and am wondering where it first appeared.  

I’m actually hoping I am wrong and it’s from a comic so I can get a copy!  

So much promotional material is lifted from the source material nowadays it’s hard to imagine that Romita did so much incredible original art for Marvel outside of the comics themselves!

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1 minute ago, XxSpideyxX said:

The oldest version of this art I personally own is from this board game from 1977

 

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Well if someone takes the time to go thru every Romita ASM issue it should be in there if a comic publication was the source.  If not, it would be a fair assumption that Romita was commissioned to draw it for the board game, and it was then used in stickers.

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For some reason I have a sneaking suspicion it's in one of the spectacular spider man magazines.

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2 hours ago, XxSpideyxX said:

The oldest version of this art I personally own is from this board game from 1977

 

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Since the spidey is Romita, and the FF seem to Buscema, I believe these images were indeed pulled from some publication.

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3 hours ago, TellshiarMarvelmaniaCollector said:

After the convention (just weeks) the Marvel Merchandise Letters were sent. Stan Lee used the image as part of the letterhead (version 1). In  late-1975 Romita cleaned up the image.Letter2.thumb.jpg.53d5a60afbeaadc532dc189a253e7e6f.jpgLetter1.thumb.jpg.c26dd5983dd58950fe102116aefc23ce.jpg

Wow!  This is incredible.  Thank you for sharing!  Did you see the link that @bronze_rules shared?  Based on the original art for the board game that I referenced, I'm wondering if this is, in fact, when the redesign occurred?

https://bigglee.blogspot.com/2014/03/1977-spider-man-game-john-romita-sr.html

Great stuff!

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5 hours ago, XxSpideyxX said:

Wow!  This is incredible.  Thank you for sharing!  Did you see the link that @bronze_rules shared?  Based on the original art for the board game that I referenced, I'm wondering if this is, in fact, when the redesign occurred?

https://bigglee.blogspot.com/2014/03/1977-spider-man-game-john-romita-sr.html

Great stuff!

Hello, no the style guide sheet and comic book sign (previous post) predates the boardgame.

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