Barry Windsor Smith
New Mutants v1 #42, 1986 - Graceful and lithe, the characters on this cover resemble ballet dancers more than super-heroes (perhaps the tights reinforce this as well). Barry Smith's classical approach brings a sophisticated feel to nearly all his 1980s covers, and this one is no exception. Other artists in this issue include Jackson Guice and Kyle Baker. This is number 4 of 10 New Mutants issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Witzend v1 #7, 1970 - Steve Ditko's lays out his own personal philosophy, continuing his preaching from the previous issue. Mostly splashes, the artist deserves credit for the attempt to visualize his ideas. His opening pages are mediocre, but later ones incorporate more thought and details into the compositions. Bernie Wrightson features a character named Limpstrel in two separate singe page stories. These vignettes seem personal, with a touch of humor and irony. The drawings are early in his career, but already show great artistic potential. Both Limpstrel tales were later reprinted in >Berni Wrightson: Master of the Macabre #5. Other artists in this issue include Gray Morrow and Ralph Reese. Cover by Vaughn Bode. This is number 1 of 1 Witzend issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 4 of 4 Witzend issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Limpstrel (I can't see why you're distraught)" Wrightson story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
"Limpstrel (Buy a girl a drink)" Wrightson story pencils and inks 1 page = ***
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Sword of Sorcery v1 #4, 1973 - A short tale of Fafhrd the Barbarian's youth outshines the lead feature. Walt Simonson does his first complete story for this title, illustrating with great skill and sensitivity. Many of the scenes are lovingly detailed, almost textural in effect. The layouts are superbly designed, even with the relatively short page count. Among the highlights, the hero's confrontation with an enormous serpent is simply breathtaking. Other artists in this issue include Howard Chaykin (art & cover). This is number 2 of 3 Sword of Sorcery issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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Justice League Europe v1 annual #2, 1991 - Multiple vignettes fill this JLE annual, including brief stories of individual members. Marshall Rogers, one of several contributing artists, is credited with drawing Rocket Red's brief foray into King Arthur's court. Upon closer inspection, the illustrations appear to be inconsistent with his style. Conversely, pages 48-51 look most certainly by Rogers. Did he do both segments? Or was there confusion in the credits during print production? Examine the interior page below and share your own opinion. This is number 1 of 1 Justice League Europe annual issues with Rogers art and/or covers.
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Popular Teen-Agers v1 #14, 1952 - Through her insults and selfish actions, a self-described 'fiery redhead" terrorizes her small community until a newly arrived man puts her in her place. There's plenty of cringe-worthy scenes in this 1950s romance comic, starting with opening spanking panel. Artistically, Wally Wood's drawings are far from polished. There is an emerging style, however, that would later become hallmarks. Dramatic lighting and contrasts are used throughout, which distinguishes the tale from the rest of the book.  Other artists in this issue include Ken Battefield. Cover by L.B. Cole. This is number 1 of 2 Popular Teen-Agers issues with Wood art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Tales of the Mysterious Traveler v1 #12, 1959 - Undocumented in comic book guides, this issue contains two stories by Matt Baker. In the first, a young man wants to be rid of his strange levitation powers. The second tells of a truck driver tasked with leaving a mysterious package at the top of a mountain. Both tales bear characteristics of Baker's style, but unfortunately poor inking diminishes the art. Shadows are crudely applied on faces and figures. Details are few and far between. The overall result sadly suggests a lack of effort, skill or both. This is number 1 of 2 Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"Satisfied Customers" Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 8 pages = *


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Gunfighters v3 #53, 1979 - Notable in this issue is a brief Al Williamson tale, first published in Six-Gun Heroes #47. Other artists in this issue include Rocco Mastroserio, Dick Giordano, Pete Morisi and Joe Maneely.

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Nestor Redondo
Swamp Thing v1 #18, 1975 - Stumbling upon a community of elderly people, the Swamp Thing discovers too late that they also dabble in the occult to procure their youth. Some of Nestor Redondo's panels diminish toward the final pages, but overall his visuals are superbly drawn. One of his most arresting panels is on page 6, depicting the tender kiss of a young husband and his aged wife. This is number 8 of 13 Swamp Thing issues with Redondo art and/or covers.
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"Village of the Doomed"
Redondo story pencils and inks 18 pages = ***

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Jack Kirby
Avengers v1 #18, 1965 - Overtaken by the behemoth Commisar, a small peaceful country relies on the Avengers to restore their freedom. Jack Kirby's cover has far too many focal points, diminishing the overall impact. The crowded layout unfortunately only adds to the chaos. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck and Dick Ayers. This is number 18 of 38 Avengers issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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(Walt Disney's) Uncle Scrooge v1 #150, 1978 - Featuring work by Carl Barks, this issue contains material from earlier in the series. Both "The Money Champ" and "The Firefly Tracker" were first published in Uncle Scrooge #27. The cover came from Uncle Scrooge #25. Other artists in this issue include Tony Strobl.

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Frank Frazetta
Epic Illustrated v1 #1, 1980 - Roman Centurions gather at a vantage point on Frank Frazetta's masculine cover art. While I would have preferred to see the entire painting, credit goes to the graphic designer who fit the Roman standard within the masthead. As Marvel attempts its first full color magazine, Jim Starlin begins his epic Metamorphosis Odyssesy. Three characters from different planets are introduced in three chapters. The artist's use of grayscale paintings gives the story an eerie quality. His modeling and also adds dimension and depth I haven't seen before in his work. Starlin breaks new ground artistically, especially the "Juliet" chapter. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema. This is number 1 of 1 Epic Illustrated issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 1 of 13 Epic Illustrated issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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"Aknaton" Starlin story art 8 pages (black and white) = ****
"Za" Starlin story art 8 pages (black and white) = ****
"Juliet" Starlin story art 9 pages (black and white except last page) = ****

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House of Mystery v1 #212, 1973 - This tale of murder and aliens at a kid's summer camp is one of Alex Nino's oddest works. His drawings are highly stylized, distorted, bordering on cartoonish. Still, despite the disturbing faces and expressions, the artist maintains a high level of detail in the backgrounds (see interior page below). This story was later reprinted in Welcome Back to the House of Mystery #1. Other artists in this issue include Ruben Yandoc, Murphy Anderson and Mike Kaluta (cover). This is number 2 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers.
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Batman v1 #337, 1981 - Responding to his friend's letter, Dick Grayson checks out the circus where Boston Brand, (a.k.a. Deadman) used to perform. The story is drawn and laid out by Don Newton, with only adequate results. Where the artist outperforms is the opening page, where a shadowy Robin watches from above. His figure is commanding, accented by the dramatic lighting from the big top below. Other artists in this issue include Jose Garcia Lopez, Steve Mitchell and Jim Aparo. This is number 6 of 32 Batman issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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Barry Windsor Smith
Fantastic Four v1 #296, 1985 - Contemplating his future, the Thing recollects how it all began and the events that created the Fantastic Four. This giant issue begins with Barry Windsor Smith's cover of the Thing in disguise, somewhat marred by the border celebrating Marvel's 25th anniversary. Inside, the artist draws only five full pages and two half pages, concentrating on a single character. Elegant and thoughtful, Smith's drawings have a beautiful aesthetic not easily matched. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Jerry Ordway and others. This is number 1 of 1 Fantastic Four issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"Homecoming" Smith story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****

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Frank Miller
Spider-woman v1 #32, 1980 - Werewolf by Night makes a guest appearance, not long after the cancellation of his own series. Frank Miller places the characters against a backdrop of famous movie monsters. Photos of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney add interest to the background, but the werewolf figure tends to get lost. Despite a lot of visual elements, Miller does capture the viewer's eye. Other artists in this issue include Steve Leialoha and Jim Mooney. This is number 3 of 3 Spider-woman issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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Russ Manning
Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #5, 1964 - Magnus witnesses the return on an old foe, just as a self-replicating robot threatens the world's power supply. Russ Manning's smooth linework accentuates the battles between man andf machine. Especially jarring is page 26, where a colorless panel simulates the white-hot incendiary flash of a robot's destruction. The Aliens secondary feature meets expectations, but what makes this issue stand out is Manning's one and only cover for the series. Simply designed, it nonetheless provides a welcome break from the more typical painted covers. This is number 5 of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"The Immortal One"
Manning story pencils and inks 27 pages = ****
"Forced Landing"
Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***

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Jack Kirby
Battle v1 #66, 1959 - Jack Kirby chronicles the history of the submarine, dating back to early ideas in the 17th century. Drawn simply and informatively, the story has a documentary feel. It's effectiveness partially compensates for the atypically weak cover. Kirby's layout seems hurried, filling in every available space. This issue also contains some notable artwork by Jack Davis. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck, John Severin and Joe Sinnott. This is number 3 of 7 Battle issues with Kirby art and/or covers.
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"Submarine"
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Walt Simonson
X-Factor v1 #10, 1986 - Going literally underground, Cyclops and company search for a lost mutant that wanders into Morlock territory. Walt Simonson takes over the artistic chores on this title, beginning one of the longest runs of his career. His cover portrait of Cyclops is straightforward, but in fairness, all Marvel issues used the same design format for that month. Simonson's opening spread is somewhat chaotic, but most pages show off the artist's rapid, kinetic style. This is number 1 of 27 X-Factor issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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"Falling Angel" Simonson story pencils (Bob Wiacek inks) 24 pages = ***
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Mystery In Space v1 #1, 1951 - Small mysterious spores fall to Earth like snow, freezing everything in sight. Frank Frazetta begins this tale with a lackluster, almost minimal opening splash. The artwork improves marginally on subsequent pages, although some of the faces and figures seem hurried. Some panels show Frazetta's penchant for texture, mostly in his renditions of foliage and furry winter parkas (this story was later reprinted in Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists #2 and the Mysteries In Space tpb). Alex Toth's story, about a scientist who discovers the secret to immortality, also disappoints. The layouts are compositionally dull and figure drawings seem out of proportion on most panels. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino. This is number 1 of 1 Mystery in Space issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 Mystery in Space issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"The Men Who Lived Forever" Toth
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Marshall Rogers
Silver Surfer v3 #7, 1988 - Several Kree soldiers arrive on Zenn-La, prompting a reaction from their protector, the Silver Surfer. Marshall Rogers' cover is more straightforward than skillful. Inside, his figure drawings and stances seem repetitive. Still, many of his layouts show a high level of effort and planning. Four splash pages make bold statements throughout the story. The Surfer's destruction of enemy armor on page 5 is particularly well designed. Kudos to inker Joe Rubenstein for maintaining the artwork's textural quality. This is number 7 of 13 Silver Surfer issues with Rogers art and/or covers.
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"Triangle" Rogers story pencils (Joe Rubinstein inks) 22 pages = ***


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