Marvel’s Avengers looked very different in original Infinity Gauntlet art

In a cool look at a classic cover of the Avengers Infinity Gauntlet story, several heroes underwent changes before the final print.

Few Marvel Comics are more iconic and influential than that Infinity Gauntlet saga, but in a new look at the original cover of the series’ third issue, more Avengers had many different looks. A recently shared photo showing George Perez’s original art for Infinity Gauntlet # 3 features a few heroes, including Scarlet Witch, Hulk, Thor, and Quasar, who have a different look than the one that appeared in the final cover art for the release.

Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim is one of the most popular Marvel Comics stories ever. The six-track series featured Thanos, who collected all the Infinity Stones and erased half of life from reality in an attempt to win the love of Death. In response, Adam Warlock led the Avengers, the greatest cosmic forces from across the universe, and other Marvel heroes to defeat Mad Titan. Infinity Gauntlet would lead to more comic book spinoffs, where essential parts of the story become important parts of Infinity Saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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Recently, shared a photo on Twitter of the original cover to Infinity Gauntlet # 3. The front page showed Perez’s iconic image before a handful of changes were made by Marvel Comics before the final print of the track. The changes can be seen with the original and final cover side by side. Included among them are a few Avengers and Marvel hero changes, including Scarlet Witch gets a completely different costume (and headgear), Cyclops’ cloak and boots are removed, Thor gets a beard and another helmet, Hulk wearing a jumpsuit and Adam Warlock loses a belt around his waist.

So what caused the changes? Well, besides the obvious fact that Marvel Comics has the final editing before a cover is released, there were historical reasons why the Avengers and Marvel heroes were changed. For example, in 1991, just before the comic was released, Thor just merged with Eric Masterson to create the long-haired, bearded Thor. It’s likely that Perez drew the characters as they were at the time, but with the changes in the Marvel universe that Infinity Gauntlet was made, the characters had to be updated to fit the current continuity.

Whatever the reasons for the characters being changed, see the original Infinity Gauntlet cover by George Perez compared to what was published shows how much an image can change from its original drawing and color to its final print. In this case a number Avengers got small updates that fit the current Marvel Comics story, to create what turned out to be one of the most epic covers ever.

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