Captivating Cover: The Spy Eye
Here’s another excellent book cover from the Marvel storybook series. The Spy Eye gives us some familiar Joes, but also a character and a vehicle that wasn’t part of the toy line. Who is that on the right side of the page? And dig the VTOL carrier they came out of!
I enjoy these early efforts, and you see the same sort of thing at the beginning of other multimedia properties like Star Wars and Masters of the Universe. Before the modern style-guide concept ruled all of the packaging and marketing for a brand, it seemed like the tie-in world was a Wild West, and open to any concepts that might fit in. Sad to say a bit of creativity is lost these days.