I've been relaxing lately by drawing Covered Blog covers. I've turned in a couple recently which should appear on the Covered site in the future. I considered drawing Strange Tales Annual #2. I really dig the multicolored title and all gray background. Plus, there's always something slightly weird about Jack Kirby's version of Spider-Man.
I started my version with only minor changes planned. On the original, there is no spider on Spider-Man's costume, so I added it crawling across the logo. I changed the wording a bit.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice that there is no Human Torch on my version. I never drew one I truly liked, and, overall, the cover was feeling too close to the original. I saw no reason to continue working on it. If I'm not liking what I'm doing, I shouldn't expect anyone else to like it either.
Okay, on a tangent, here comes the slightly interesting part...
I was flipping through Marvel Treasury Edition #1 from 1974.
On the inside back cover, it has reproductions of "famous" Spider-Man covers. It includes Strange Tales Annual #2.
However, it has extra dialog included!
It's a pretty crowded cover, so the decision must have been made to remove the word balloons. The file copy used on the Treasury page obviously doesn't reflect that.
And that, my friends, is slightly interesting.