The Black Talon's gloves were meant to match his boots, which were meant to be rooster feet. His gimmick was voodoo: he could raise zombie slaves...but since the Comics Code at that time banned any use of the word "zombie" they were referred to throughout the story as "zuvembie" slaves instead.
The dialogue on the cover was VERY essential! "Nothing Can Stop me Now!" Nick Caputo
So those were supposed to be rooster talon hands? I'm going to guess that wasn't clear to Kirby on the sketch he was given to do the cover. Or is that how the character looked inside the book as well? That's definitely fur he's drawing, not feathers.Marvel did have those streches where they loved their dialogue on covers, no matter how redundant.
Bob, I went and checked that issue just for you. The interior art (by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott, perhaps not the classic pair for zombie stories) shows the Black Talon with gloves and boots that are flush with the rest of the costume, and with a pattern of stylized feathers -- or perhaps meant to suggest the scaled texture of a rooster's feet. Kirby's version is actually much more interesting.
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