Marvel Books published six of these gems, with stories by various authors, but artwork chiefly done by John Speirs and Earl Norem. These books were a staple of my nighttime routines as a child, and have become the same with my own kids.
|Robots with satchels. I'm in love.|
'What a beautiful spot!' thought Grapple as he lay on his stomach. He dragged his fingers through the water, making little ripples....Grapple spotted a grasshopper and a beetle sitting by the side of the water. 'If only life was as simple as it is for those little insects,' he thought.
|Come here, often-often-often??|
What really makes these books shine though, is the absolutely beautiful paintings that adorn their pages. While many of the character designs differ wildly from their cartoon or action figure counterparts, in these books, they have a life and style of their own. The models, particularly in Speirs' works, have a gaunt, at times wispy look about them, that makes the story of an energy starved and war-torn race seem so real. While the characters all have the appropriate stature, they fittingly lack the beefy, meched-up look of later interpretations.
|Objects in a mirror are completely drawn of scale.|
|This is what it's all about.|
|That was a close one. Somebody get the wrench!|
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