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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:24 am 
 

The administrator of the Strange Discussions forum (docstrange.com) was kind enough to answer a question for me about the image used on the cover of the early printings of D&D.
He indicates that the image is from Strange Tales #167 (April 1968), page 11, panel 2 drawn by Dan Adkins.

I have taken the liberty of posting the image he provided to photobucket to avoid using his bandwidth.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:01 am 
 

That's a great find.  I've wanted to see the original image ever since I learned that Greg Bell had copied it from a comic.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:12 am 
 

NetRodent wrote:That's a great find.  I've wanted to see the original image ever since I learned that Greg Bell had copied it from a comic.


Thanks, I have been wanting to see it also and was surprised to see how close the image matches.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:43 am 
 

yeah thats another little hole filled.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:55 am 
 

NetRodent wrote:That's a great find.  I've wanted to see the original image ever since I learned that Greg Bell had copied it from a comic.

Where had you heard that from?

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:58 am 
 

Is this information that should be listed with the OD&D entry?
It might be nice if somebody can get their hands on a copy of that comic and take a color scan to use.
I see several listings on eBay for that issue, but if anybody has a neighborhood comic store they might be able to find it cheaper.
I sold off my comic collection several years ago and although I did have quite a few Dr. Strange iems my spreadsheet tells me that I never had that issue.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:00 am 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:He indicates that the image is from Strange Tales #167 (April 1968), page 11, panel 2 drawn by Dan Adkins.

Well, it's cheaper than buying a woodgrain box, anyway.  I'm definitely hitting the comic book stores on the way home. :)

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:50 am 
 

Well, I needed that issue anyway . . . I normally wouldn't spend $6 plus shipping for a single VG Strange Tales, but I'll chalk it up to research.   :D



I'll donate a nice color pic once I get it.




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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:55 am 
 

I just received a PM from the webmaster of the docstrange.com forum who promised to send me a color scan. If I receive it from him today who should I forward it to?


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:57 am 
 

Man, that's an awesome bit of research.  Thanks for posting that!  Very cool.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:51 pm 
 

kevin mayle wrote:Where had you heard that from?


I originally saw it on the Pied Piper Publishing board but the only reference I could find is from DragonsFoot:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewt ... ell#359500


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:03 pm 
 

strange tales 167 is already considered a classic due to the steranko american flag cover! This is great! Strange tales are some of the most unjderrated comics of the 1960's! I'll have to open up my pristine copy and take a look at the pic myself! I can post a scan if you like but it looks like beyond the breach has it covered!


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:19 pm 
 

Makes me wonder what other sources Greg Bell used in his artwork.  Especially the artwork for Warriors of Mars.



  


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:40 pm 
 

Fascinating find!


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:50 pm 
 

Wow, very cool!   :P

  


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:56 pm 
 

He made almost no effort to alter the image enough with some respect to the original artist. Most all artists borrow from others to a certain degree. To copy something so closely would suggest the draftsman had little to no confidence in his abilities to attempt to make his own images. Because of this, I would say it is very likely he copied most of his other work directly from other sources.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:50 pm 
 

Great find! Thanks for posting!

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:29 pm 
 

Traveller wrote:Makes me wonder what other sources Greg Bell used in his artwork.  Especially the artwork for Warriors of Mars.


I have only ever seen pictures of the cover of WoM.
Is there a lot of Greg Bell artwork inside? If he was "inspired" by a Marvel comic perhaps there were other instances of the same "inspiration".

Is there any history on Greg Bell and what he went on to after his work for TSR?


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:40 pm 
 

Some updated information from a PM received from the docstrange.com forum:

He gave me the following permission to host his scanned image in my photobucket account:
Glad to help, and no problem in you posting that on the D&D forum and photobucket (thanks for asking).


And information about the source of the black & white image:
I scanned the image from Doctor Stange Essentials Vol. 1, which is a black and white reproduction of the early Strange Tales issues


He did mention that when he had the chance he would provide a color scan of the actual Strange Tales #167 but I would encourage anybody here that picked up a copy in response to this thread to post a scan!


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:25 pm 
 

Strange2 the Admin of the Doctor Strange forum kindly provided this color scan from Strange Tales #167 with his permission to post it to the Acaeum.

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