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Dark Horse Presents v1 #60, 1992 - Discovering that the city's most powerful man ordered Goldie's murder, Marv contemplates his next move. Frank Miller uses a deluge of rain to cover the central character and the initial setting. His sharpened lines are threatening individually, but as a whole create strangely ethereal images. The technique eventually subsides as his artwork reverts to his usual graphic quality. Still, Miller continues to demonstrate a mastery of high contrast. Other artists in this issue include Rick Geary. This is number 10 of 12 Dark Horse Presents issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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"Sin City episode 11" Miller story pencils and inks 12 pages (black and white) = *****


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Journey into Mystery v2 #3, 1973 - A Robert Bloch adaptation begins the issue, weakly rendered and composed by Jim Starlin. Far from his usual standards, the layouts are mediocre and the pacing monotonous. Three sequential pages adhere to a rigid twelve panel grid with too few variations in drawings. Even Tom Palmer, one of the finest inkers of the bronze age, could not salvage the pencils. This story was later reprinted in Masters of Terror #1. Other artists in this issue include Sam Kweskin, Ernie Chua, Joe Maneely (reprint) and Gil Kane/Tom Palmer (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Journey into Mystery issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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"Shambler from the Stars" Starlin story pencils (Tom Palmer inks) 7 pages = *

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Tarzan of the Apes v1 #257, 1977 - Nearing the end of the series, this issue reprints a Joe Kubert tale first published in Tarzan #214. Cover by Ernie Chua.

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Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #4, 1971 - Freely adapting from Robert E. Howard's Tower of the Elephant, Conan seeks riches within a jeweled, yet well guarded structure. Barry Smith's artwork displays an increased confidence and maturity. Decorative elements enhance the interior settings on pages 10-16. The seedy tavern on the first page also more thoughtfully detailed than previous issues. His pacing, sequencing and organization is carefully planned and continues to improve. This story was first reprinted in Conan king-size special #1. This is number 4 of 20 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"Tower of the Elephant"
Smith story pencils (Sal Buscema inks) 20 pages = ***

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Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine v1 #3, 1950 - Coming to the aid of a rancher, Rock Hudson and Bacon Bob run afoul of a villainous cowboy named Blackie and his trained cougar. Both Al Williamson's pencils and Frank Frazetta's inks give form and weight to the various western characters. The figure drawings are dynamically posed and in almost constant movement. Like their other collaborations, the artists' respective styles share just enough in common to work seamlessly together. Their renditions are ultimately attractive and compelling (enough to warrant later reprinting in John Wayne Adventure Comics #25). By comparison, "The Honor of Billy the Kid" reveals  Williamson clearly struggling on his own. His drawings lack both the precision and polish of the previous tale. Still, as a whole, this issue is the most aesthetically pleasing of the entire series. Other artists in this issue include Art Helfant and Leon WinikThis is number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine issues with Frazetta art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Claws of Death" Williamson pencils / Frazetta inks 4 pages = ***
"The Honor of Billy the Kid" Williamson pencils and inks 8 pages = **

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Haunt of Horror v2 #1, 1974 - A lengthy text story features art by Walt Simonson, interspersed among several pages. The largest is nearly a two page spread toward the beginning. Unfortunately, his art shows more enthusiasm than skill, suggesting this was done a few years earlier than publication. This is number 2 of 2 Haunt of Horror issues with Simonson art and/or covers. Other artists in this issue include Ralph Reese and Alfredo Alcala.
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Matt Baker
Teen-age Romances v1 #19, 1951 - Matt Baker fills this entire issue with his resplendent drawings. Six stories of varying lengths chronicle the love lives of different women and the choices they make. Thematically, the most interesting is "Window Shopping for Love", where a girl becomes enamored with a painting at first, then the male model that posed for it. Artistically, all six tales are preciously rendered. To offset large amounts of dialogue and narration, the artist uses graphic devices (scrolls, hearts, etc.) to maintain the reader's interest. Baker's elegant cover replicates the opening scene in "I Betrayed My Sweetheart" and improves upon it further by streamlining the layout (this same story was later reprinted in Going Steady #14). This is number 19 of 42 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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"Jealousy Made Me a Liar" Baker story pencils and inks 2 pages (black & white) = ***
"I Was Always On the Make" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"I Was an Opportunist" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"They Whispered Shameless" Baker story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
"Window Shopping for Love" Baker story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***

"I Betrayed My Sweetheart" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***

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Eclipse Monthly v1 #3, 1983 - In the third installment of Cap'n Quick and a Foozle, Marshall Rogers' art continues to innovate and entertain. The last three pages are particularly good due to the seemingly elastic panel shapes. Steve Ditko's Static makes his 3rd appearance as well. Some pages have too many panels with too much dialogue. Still, the artist compensates with his eclectic drawing style and visual effects. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan. This is number 3 of 5 Eclipse Monthly issues with Rogers art and/or covers and number 3 of 3 Eclipse Monthly issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Never Trust a Foozle"
Rogers pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

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From Beyond the Unknown v1 #2, 1970 - Trying to resurrect the science fiction genre, DC publishes this reprint-heavy series. This second issue features an Alex Toth tale originally printed in Strange Adventures #12. Other artists in this issue include Carmine Infantino and Bernard Sachs.

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From Beyond the Unknown v1
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Red Sonja v3 #3, 1983 - As invaders lay siege on the walled city of Alwazar, Red Sonja allies herself with its defenders. For a second time, Nestor Redondo provide the inks for Mary Wilshire's pencils/layouts, with splendid results. Most impressive is the two-page panoramic spread of the city (pages 2-3). Redondo's detailed landscape adds grandeur and scale, setting the story's tone from the beginning. Curiously, the artist only inks the first 19 of 38 total pages, relinquishing the rest to Rudy Nebres, Danny Bulanadi and Akin & Garvey. This is number 2 of 2 Red Sonja v3 issues with Redondo art and/or covers.
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Carl Barks

Unpublished original artwork from Uncle Scrooge #8. The artist often drew his originals in half-pages, combining them in the final production.  Barks edited his own stories, omitting scenes where he deemed necessary.


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