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#1207328 - Wed Jan 15 2014 08:29 PM Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories
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The first photos I've ever seen of the Marvel office staff are in MARVEL TALES 1 (Sept 1964), then only about 20 staffers, including secretaries and assistants.
The photos in full size:
page 1
page 2

The next set of photos I saw were in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL 7, Dec 1969, and the staff shown there total 41, and that includes some 1964 staffers who were missing from the first set who still worked for Marvel at that time.




This set I found are the only ones I know of from the intervening 10 years, from a 1975 convention brochure.

The only others I've seen were in issues of FOOM (a Marvel fan-publication) and from Marvel calendars of the late 70's.

Marvel, as I understand it from accounts of it, was an unglamorous crackerbox of an office until in the Shooter years they moved to a more spacious setting. That has taken on a larger-than-life mystique in fandom accounts of what it was like to work there.

Some other places I've seen photos of Marvel staff from the 80's-forward are in issues of EPIC ILLUSTRATED, HULK magazine, BIZARRE ADVENTURES, direct-only titles and MARVEL AGE, COMICS JOURNAL and other fan magazines.

And the blogs I pulled some of these from.

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#1207329 - Wed Jan 15 2014 08:33 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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I like this impromptu photo of editor/artist John Romita Sr. at work, circa 1975 (as the covers on the paste-up make clear):






Some more behind the scenes photos of Don McGregor and others in the Marvel offices in the same period:
http://scottedelman.livejournal.com/302451.html

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#1207330 - Wed Jan 15 2014 08:52 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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And who doesn't love the ever-foxy Flo Steinberg, former secretary for the Marvel offices (1964-1968) under Stan Lee, who came back for another stint over two decades later in the 1990's.

Jon B. Cooke devoted the better part of a whole issue of COMIC BOOK ARTIST (issue 18, Dec 2002) to her, with an extensive interview of her (and more photos) from her time at Marvel, and her life outside of Marvel.

She also published a one-issue BIG APPLE COMIX underground anthology, with work by Neal Adams, Ralph Reese and Wally Wood, among others.


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#1207331 - Wed Jan 15 2014 09:05 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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#1207333 - Wed Jan 15 2014 09:43 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Here's a blog that shows all 3 sets of photos from 1964, 1969 and 1975 in my opening post.


The 1964 images (while the originals are pretty muddy) reproduce worse than the originals, while the latter two sets are far more clear.

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#1207334 - Wed Jan 15 2014 09:56 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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#1207335 - Wed Jan 15 2014 10:00 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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From the 1969 photos, writer Gary Friedrich looks just like the Meathead!



(For you young'uns, that's actor Rob Reiner, from his role opposite Carroll O'Connor in the All in the Family sitcom.)




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#1207338 - Wed Jan 15 2014 11:21 PM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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And saving the best for last...





...former Marvel production staffer and sometimes artist Eliot Brown offers a treasure-trove of photos from his tenure at Marvel, ranging from his start in 1979 on up into the early/mid 1980's.

It gives a good feel for what it was like to work in the Marvel offices. And has photos from both their 575 Madison Avenue and 387 Park Avenue South addresses.

I especially enjoyed the "Wack Off competition", with photos of many of the Marvel staffers from the period I enjoyed their work most, including Frank Miller, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Cockrum, Dennis O'Neil, Ralph Macchio, Mark Gruenwald, Ann Nocenti, Ed Hannigan, and many lesser-known stars in the Marvel firmament.


What I know Eliot Brown for most is something he did for Marvel's "assistant editors' month" (when the regular Marvel editors were at San Diego Con in 1983, and assistant editors took over all Marvel's titles for that month) and Eliot Brown did a one-page "Editori-Al" type credits page for Michael Golden's X-MEN ANNUAL 7 (1983). That definitely evokes an image of Marvel being a very fun place to work.


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#1207339 - Thu Jan 16 2014 06:44 AM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: Wonder Boy]
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I especially enjoyed the "Wack Off competition"



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#1207340 - Thu Jan 16 2014 09:14 AM Re: Marvel bullpen, photos, creators, and behind-the-scenes stories [Re: the G-man]
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If you looked at the photos, it's playfully named , and not at all what it sounds like.

Among the wackers are Dennis O'Neil, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, Michael Hobson, Mike Carlin, Archie Goodwin, Al Milgrom, Mark Gruenwald, John Romita Sr., Bill Sienkiewicz and Frank Miller.

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