Thursday, February 11, 2016

Creepy #71 - Bernie Wrightson art


Creepy magazine v1 #71, 1975 - Beautifully gruesome, this portrait of Uncle Creepy resides on the inside front cover. Printed in duotone, the artwork has a reddish cast that coincides with the border. Bernie Wrightson's fine drawing also uses an ink and wash technique that adds graytones for greater depth. Other artists in this issue include Luis Bermejo and Ken Kelly (cover), This is number 9 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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Wrightson inside front cover pencils and inks (duotone) = ***
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Daredevil #7 - Wally Wood page sketch

Check out this cool Wally Wood sketch: a foundation for the opening splash to Daredevil #7. See today's posts or more Wood or Daredevil issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist or more artworks.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Love v2 #10 - Al Williamson, Jack Kirby, Matt Baker reprints

My Love v2 #10, 1971 - Rarely acknowledged, there is some excellent artwork in Marvel's early bronze age romance comics. John Buscema makes a worthy contribution here. This particular issue also contains reprints of work by Matt Baker (My Own Romance #71), Al Williamson (My Own Romance #71) and Jack Kirby (Teen-Age Romance #86). Other artists in this issue include John Verpoorten and Vince Colletta. See today's posts or more Baker, Williamson, Kirby or My Love issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklistBaker checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Justice League of America #179 - Jim Starlin cover

Justice League of America v1 #179, 1980 - Firestorm gains membership into the prestigious JLA. Credit Jim Starlin for deftly fitting in multiple characters on the cover. Each is conscientiously placed while maintaining hierarchy. The white background nicely adds clarity as well. Other artists in this issue include Dick Dillin and Frank McLaughlin. This is number 2 of 4 Justice League of America issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Justice League of America issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils and inks = ***
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Batman #229 - Neal Adams cover

Batman v1 #229, 1971 - Fear grips the Batman's face as he becomes trapped trapped in an insane asylum. An Igor-like character creeps along in the background, along with suggestively evil shadows. Neal Adams' cover conveys a mood not dissimilar to his many DC horror covers (drawn around the same time period). Dick Giordano does his usually capable job with the inks. See today's posts or more Adams or Batman issues.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Marvel Comics Presents #77 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover


Marvel Comics Presents v1 #77, 1991 - Now referred to as Weapon X, Wolverine and his new abilities are field tested in the remote Canadian wilderness. Exceptionally drawn and composed, the new outdoor setting is a welcome change. Barry Smith captures the stark white openness with great skill. Both his serene cover and the savage interior scenes meet high expectations. This is number 6 of 13 Marvel Comics Presents issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith or Marvel Comics Presents issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ****
"Weapon X: Chapter 5" Smith story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
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