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Where Did the Series "A" & "B" Stamp Artwork Originally Appear?
Marvel, particularly during the Bronze Age, was great at recycling comic book art. For example, you can often find the same (or touched up) images in house ads, stickers, decals, slurpee cups, and trading cards. Marvel Value Stamps were no exception.

The table below provides a list of issues which feature artwork we believe was used to produce the Series A and Series B Stamps. Many of those identified feature art by Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and John Romita, Sr. Let us know if you find covers or interior artwork we've missed!

Stamp 34 - Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic Sticker
Fantastic Four 59


According to the April 1974 Bullpen Bulletins page, John Romita, Sr., Marie Severin, and Tony Mortellaro were the parties responsible for "digging up" the artwork on the Series A Stamps. Clearly, they were on the lookout for artwork where the character was drawn large enough to still look good when it was reduced to stamp size. As you'll see, quite a number of the Stamps were lifted directly from covers that were presumably sitting around the office, while other stamps came from interior pages. Many were apparently re-colored and/or touched up to make them fit better into the stamp format. We try to note points of interest about the stamps or the covers in the Comments section below each cover.

Stamp Artwork Issues List
   Issue/Cover    Stamp
   (Adventure into) Fear #12, p. 19    #22 -- Man-Thing
   Amazing Adventures #20, p. 11    #35 -- Killraven
   Amazing Spider-Man #13    #46 -- Mysterio
   Amazing Spider-Man #42, last page    #82 -- Mary Jane Watson
   Amazing Spider-Man #44    #72 -- The Lizard
   Amazing Spider-Man #51    #73 -- Kingpin
   Amazing Spider-Man #61, p.13    #87 -- J. Jonah Jameson
   Amazing Spider-Man #92    #65 -- Iceman
   Amazing Spider-Man #98    #47 -- The Green Goblin
   Amazing Spider-Man #107    SERIES B Spider-Man Puzzle (partial)
   Amazing Spider-Man #114    #89 -- Hammerhead
   Amazing Spider-Man #128, p. 31    #57 -- The Vulture
   Amazing Spider-Man #131    SERIES B Spider-Man Puzzle (partial)
   Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1    #48 -- Kraven (pin-up)
   Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1    #94 -- Electro (pin-up)
   Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1    #96 -- Dr. Octopus (pin-up)
   Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1    #99 -- Sandman (pin-up)
   Astonishing Tales #25    #11 -- Deathlok
   Avengers #7    #43 -- The Enchantress
   Avengers #23, story page 19    #79 -- Kang
   Avengers #45    #28 -- Hawkeye
   Avengers #57    #71 -- The Vision
   Avengers #58    #8 -- Captain America
   #15 -- Iron Man
   Avengers #65    #77 -- The Swordsman
   Avengers #75    #52 -- Quicksilver
   Avengers #102    #53 -- The Grim Reaper
   Avengers #114    #45 -- Mantis
   Captain America #112    SERIES B Captain America Puzzle
   Captain America #170, p.31    #24 -- The Falcon
   Captain Marvel #29    #9 -- Captain Marvel
   Conan the Barbarian #24    #38 -- Red Sonja
   Conan the Barbarian #32, p.1    #3 -- Conan the Barbarian
   Conan King-Size Annual #1    SERIES B Conan Puzzle
   Daredevil #13    #12 -- Daredevil
   Daredevil #18, p.10    #41 -- The Gladiator
   Daredevil #99    #27 -- The Black Widow
   Daredevil King-Size Special #1, pin-up    #78 -- The Owl
   Doctor Strange #1 (1974)    SERIES B Doctor Strange Puzzle
   Fantastic Four #8    #98 -- The Puppet Master (pin-up)
   Fantastic Four #13    #61 -- The Red Ghost (pin-up)
   Fantastic Four #44    #83 -- Dragon Man
   Fantastic Four #49    #100 -- Galactus
   Fantastic Four #56    #33 -- Sue Richards, Invisible Girl
   Fantastic Four #59    #17 -- Black Bolt
   #34 -- Mr. Fantastic
   Fantastic Four #72, p.6    SERIES B Silver Surfer Puzzle
   Fantastic Four #113    #37 -- The Watcher
   Fantastic Four #116    #4 -- Thing
   Fantastic Four #126, p. 21    SERIES B Fantastic Four Puzzle
   Fantastic Four #128, color insert    "#5" Promo stamp -- The Hulk
   Fantastic Four #134, p. 1    #25 -- The Torch
   Fantastic Four #142, p.32    #84 -- Dr. Doom
   Fantastic Four #144, p.3    #55 -- Medusa
   Ghost Rider #3, p.11    #80 -- The Ghost Rider
   Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1    #16 -- Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu
   Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, p.20    #42 -- Man-Wolf
   Hero for Hire #1    #10 -- Power Man
   Incredible Hulk #115    #88 -- The Leader
   Incredible Hulk #152    #2 -- Hulk
   Incredible Hulk #169, p.27.    #31 -- MODOK
   Incredible Hulk #171, p.11?.    #81 -- Rhino
   Incredible Hulk #174, p.16.    #66 -- General Ross
   Journey into Mystery #113    #30 -- The Grey Gargoyle
   Journey into Mystery #121    #44 -- The Absorbing Man
   Jungle Action #8    #50 -- Black Panther
   Ka-Zar #1    #60 -- Ka-Zar
   Kull the Destroyer #11, p. 1    #21 -- Kull
   Marvel Annual 1975 (UK Hardcover)    SERIES B Hulk Puzzle
   Marvel Premiere #13, p. 16    #29 -- Baron Mordo
   Marvel Spotlight #13    #68 -- Son of Satan
   Marvel Super-Action #2    #32 -- The Red Skull
   Marvel Super-Heroes #17    #97 -- Black Knight
   Marvel Super-Heroes #61    #58 -- The Mandarin
   Marvel Team-Up #17, p.17    #95 -- Mole Man
   Not Brand Echh #5    #101 -- Forbush Man
   Sgt. Fury #67    #23 -- Sgt. Fury
   Shanna the She-Devil #3, p.5    #54 -- Shanna the She-Devil
   Silver Surfer #16, p.1    #93 -- Silver Surfer
   Silver Surfer #17, p.2    #26 -- Mephisto
   Strange Tales #115    #36 -- Ancient One
   Strange Tales #127, p.1    #76 -- Dormammu
   Strange Tales #127, interior pg.    #13 -- Dr. Strange
   Strange Tales #169, p. 1    #20 -- Brother Voodoo
   Strange Tales #174 - cover logo    #59 -- Golem
   Sub-Mariner #67    #63 -- The Sub-Mariner
   Supernatural Thrillers #7    #14 -- The Living Mummy
   Tales of Asgard #1 (1968)    SERIES B Thor Puzzle
   Tales of Suspense #65    #51 -- Bucky Barnes
   Tales of Suspense #99, p.8 (Cap story)    #86 -- Zemo
   Tales to Astonish #89    #74 -- The Stranger
   Tales to Astonish #90    #92 -- Byrrah
   Tales to Astonish #96    #62 -- The Plunderer
   Thor #142, p.8    #70 -- Super Skrull
   Thor #147    #49 -- Odin
   Thor #156    #64 -- Sif
   Thor #169, p.30    #19 -- Hogun, Balder, Fandral
   Thor #170 (unpublished cover)    #18 -- Volstagg
   Thor #186    #91 -- Hela, The Goddess of Death
   Thor #207    #40 -- Loki
   Thor #219, p.14    #6 -- Thor
   Tomb of Dracula #1    SERIES B Dracula Puzzle
   Tomb of Dracula #2    #5 -- Dracula
   Vampire Tales #1, p.6    #75 -- Morbius
   Werewolf by Night #12, p.30    #7 -- Werewolf
   Western Team-Up #1    #56 -- The Rawhide Kid
   X-Men #39    #67 -- Cyclops
   #69 -- Marvel Girl
      
   Other Artwork    Stamp
   Bullpen Bulletin promo art, April 1974    #39 -- Iron Fist
   Bullpen Bulletin promo art, June 1974    #85 -- Lilith, Dracula's Daughter
   Buscema Unpublished Model Sheet    #90 -- Hercules
   Comic Book Artist Collection Vol. I    #101 -- Mirthful Marie Severin
   Marvelmania #2, Super-Hero Portfolio    #1 -- Spider-Man
   Spider-Man Audio Album Ad    SERIES B Stan Lee Puzzle
   Trinity Angels #5, letters page    #9 -- Trenchmouth
   Troublemakers #8, letters page    #5 -- Crunchtime





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