Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jimmy Wakely #6 - Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth art


Jimmy Wakely v1 #6, 1950 - In “The Million Dollar Tombstone”, a prospector enters wild Arizona during the late 1800s and changes the American west forever. Frank Frazetta splendidly details each panel, despite the short story length. The panoramic view on the first page (see interior page above) is among his best opening panels of the early 50s. Alex Toth contributes a trio of tales, all of which reveal a struggling young artist. Some of the layouts show progress from previous issues (particularly page 6 of "The Mesa of Murderous Melody”). In general though, Toth's drawings lack enthusiasm. Other artists in this issue include Martin Naydel and Gil Kane. This is number 3 of 4 Jimmy Wakely issues with Frazetta art and/or covers and number 6 of 15 Jimmy Wakely issues with Toth art and/or covers. See  today's posts or more Frazetta, Toth or Jimmy Wakely issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist, Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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“The Million Dollar Tombstone” Frazetta story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***
"The Treasure at Rainbow’s End" Toth story pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) 6 pages = *
"The Two Lives of Jimmy Wakely” Toth story pencils (Bob Lander inks) 11 pages = *
"The Mesa of Murderous Melody” Toth story pencils (Bob Lander inks) 8 pages = *
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Creepy #95 - Bernie Wrightson art


Creepy magazine v1 #95, 1978 - In search of mythical intelligent apes, a big game hunter delves deep into the African jungle. This horrific tale is lushly illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. Greytones are used generously throughout, adding dimension to both the figures and the backgrounds. The artist's superb pacing builds suspense right up to the shocking conclusion. Other artists in this issue include John Severin, Esteban Maroto, Luis Bermejo, Jose Ortiz and Leo Duranona. This is number 17 of 19 Creepy issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Wrightson or Creepy issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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"The Laughing Man" Wrightson story pencils and inks 6 pages (black and white) = ****
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Journey into Mystery #83 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko art (1st Thor)


Journey into Mystery v1 #83, 1962 Jack Kirby illustrates the origin and first appearance of Thor. As aliens prepare for an invasion of Earth, Dr. Don Blake finds an ancient wooden stick in a Norwegian cave. Striking it against a rock, he suddenly transforms into the god of thunder with hammer in hand. While Kirby's cover seems more static than usual, his interiors meet expectations. The transformation (page 5) and the demonstration of the hammer's powers (page 8) are drawn succinctly and memorably. Kirby also opens with a dynamic splash page, introducing the hero for the first time. Steve Ditko's tale involves a lion who survives a nuclear blast, only to gain enhanced intelligence. Simply and crudely drawn, the artwork shows little effort or enthusiasm. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck. This is number 34 of 95 Journey into Mystery issues with Kirby art and/or covers and 36 of 49 Journey into Mystery issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby, Ditko or Journey Into Mystery issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = **
"The Stone Men from Saturn" Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 13 pages = ***
"When the Jungle Sleeps" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = **
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Donald Duck #246 - Carl Barks reprint & cover reprint

Donald Duck v1 #246, 1986 - A reprint of "The Gilded Man" from Four Color Comics v2 #422 resides in this issue. It's a passable alternative to the original in my opinion. See today's posts or more Barks or Donald Duck issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jim Steranko Gallery - Nick Fury issues

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #1 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #1
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #2 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #2
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #3 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #3
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #4 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #4
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #5 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #5
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #6 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Nick Fury #6
Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #7 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Action Comics #406 - Alex Toth reprint

Action Comics v1 #406, 1971 - This 48-page issue boasts an Alex Toth reprint from Brave and the Bold #53. Oddly enough, it only includes the first half of the story and continues into next issue. Other artists in this issue include Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. See today's posts or more Toth or Action Comics issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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