Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #13 - non-attributed Matt Baker art

Tales of the Mysterious Traveler v1 #13, 1959 - Matt Baker illustrates a trio of suspense stories, all unattributed in comic book guides. The diverse characters include a humanoid from Saturn seeking plans to build a bomb, a greedy merchant who travels through time and a pair of fisherman who discover a sea serpent in a remote lake. Like the previous issue, Baker's pencils suffer from insensitive inking. His layouts remain intact but the drawings themselves suffer from harsh divisions of light and shadow. The first page of each story stands out the most (not surprisingly), but not enough to offset the overall dim results. This is number 2 of 2 Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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"Incident on the Third Planet" Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks8 pages = *
"Time Waits for No Man" Baker story pencils (Jon D'Agostino inks) 8 pages = *
"Base of Operations" Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 5 pages = *
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Three Stooges - comic series checklist

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Three Stooges v2
St. John

1 - Joe Kubert art

(more to come)

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See today's posts, more series checklists or the master list of series. See also this blog's artist checkliststop 10 lists or readers polls.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heroes for Hope #1 - John Byrne, Bernie Wrightson, Jeff Jones, Frank Miller, Jim Starlin art, non-attributed Al Williamson, Walt Simonson art

Heroes for Hope starring the X-men v1 #1, 1985 - An unseen foe delves into the psyches of individual X-men, eventually bringing them together to confront the widespread famine in Africa. The sales of this one-shot issue are donated to the relief effort, and boasts some of the finest talents in the comic industry. Some contributions are more satisfying than others, with especially fine work by Bernie Wrightson and Jeff Jones (see interior page above). John Byrne and Terry Austin, who first popularized the new X-men, also deliver four magnificent pages. Sadly, the drawings of Frank Miller, Jim Starlin, Al Williamson and Walt Simonson fall below expectations. That said, there's still much to be admired for all the writers and artists contributing their time to this worthy cause. Other artists in this issue include Arthur Adams, John Romita Jr., Al Gordon, John Buscema, Klaus Janson, Brent Anderson, Joe Sinnott, Dan Green, Jon Muth, Charles Vess, Tom Palmer, Richard Corben, Gray Morrow, Mike Kaluta, Al Milgrom, Brian Bolland, Craig Russell, John Bolton, Steve Rude, Carl Potts, Herb Trimpe, Sal Buscema, Paul Gulacy, Bob Layton, Alan Weiss, Joe Rubenstein, Jackson Guice and Steve Leialoha. See today's posts or more Byrne, Jones, Miller, Starlin, Simonson, Williamson, Wrightson or Heroes for Hope issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist, Jones checklist, Miller checklist, Simonson checklist, Starlin checklist, Top 10 Starlin comics, Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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"Heroes for Hope":
Byrne story pencils (Terry Austin inks) 3 pages = ****
Wrightson story pencils (Jeff Jones inks) 3 pages = ****
Miller story pencils (Bill Sienkiewicz inks) 3 pages = **
Williamson story inks (Bret Blevins pencils) 2 pages = **
Simonson story inks (Howard Chaykin pencils) 4 pages = *
Starlin back cover pencils and inks = **
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Our Army At War #207 - Joe Kubert art & cover

Our Army At War #207 featuring Sgt. Rock, 1969 - Fighting in the deserts of north Africa, Sgt. Rock and company take any help they can get, including the prayers of a GI called "Sparrow". Joe Kubert seems to do it all in this issue. From the painfully dramatic cover to the bold two-page title spread, the artwork teems with detail. Varied layouts, clever sequencing and superb drawings all contribute to the whole. This exemplary issue by Kubert is sure to please the most faithful followers of Sgt. Rock. Other artists in this issue include Sid Greene. See today's posts or more Kubert or Our Army at War issues. See also this blog's Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ****
"A Sparrow's Prayer"
Kubert story pencils and inks 14 pages = ****
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Dr. Fu Manchu v1 #1 - Wally Wood reprint

Dr. Fu Manchu v1 #1, 1964 - This one-shot issue from IW Publishing reprints the earlier Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu. Wally Wood's artwork is comparable to the original, though not preferred. Sadly, the publisher opted to use replace Wood's splendid cover with an updated version by Jack Sparling. See today's posts or more Wood issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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