Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cover of the Day: What If-? 6!


One of the more bizarre What If-? issues ever! Usually, this mag would retell classic Marvel stories if something had happened differently. For example, in the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey tried to join the FF, thinking it would be a paying gig, but lost his temper and left. What If-? #1 posited what would've happened if Spidey had joined the FF after all.

This issue kind of changed the rules, in my opinion, by just giving the FF different powers, using the theory that the FF's powers were influenced by their personalities, and choosing powers based on different aspects of same.


RAB said...

The cover also changed the rules in a way that particularly annoyed me, back in the day. I assume someone decided readers wouldn't get that it was an FF story if they didn't see the "real" group as well as the alternate version. They could have gone for a symbolic "our versions looking shocked by their counterparts" approach, as in Kirby's cover for issue #9 with the 1950s Avengers (a.k.a. the Agents of Atlas), or gone the most traditional route with yet another recreation of the FF #1 cover using the new characters. Ah well, another missed opportunity!

Jon K said...

yeah, I agree... if I was more artistically inclined, I'd be tempted to mock up a better version!