Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Walt Disney Comics Digest #57 - Carl Barks reprint

Walt Disney Comics Digest v1 #57, 1976 - The final issue of Golden Key's digest series, most of the stories (including a Carl Barks tale) are reprinted from Mickey Mouse Almanac #1. Other artists in this issue include Tony Strobl. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney Comics Digest issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist.
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Vampirella #9 - Barry Windsor Smith, Wally Wood, Jeff Jones art

Vampirella v1 #9, 1971 - Three talented artists contribute to this ninth issue. Jeff Jones' inside front cover tells of Lilith, the biblical Adam's first wife prior to Eve. The black and white color palette seems appropriate given the sinister tone. Wally Wood illustrates a tale featuring an enchantress and her sword-wielding brute. Giant spiders, skeletal soldiers, and voluptuous women are among the visual delights. The use of cave-like openings as panel frames (page five) are used to great effect. Barry Smith draws his only story for Warren, in a style not unlike his early Conan works. In his story, a boy encounters tree dryads after falling victim to a gang of bullies (see interior page above). While not as polished as Wood, Smith's drawings have a beautifully surrealistic feel. The stories by Wood and Jones were later reprinted in Vampirella annual #1. This is number 1 of 3 Vampirella issues with Wood art and/or covers, number 3 of 8 Vampirella issues with Jones art and/or covers (not including reprints) and 1 of 1 Vampirella issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Jones, Smith, Wood or Vampirella issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist, Jones checklist, Wood checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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"The Curse" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
"The Boy Who Loved Trees" Smith story pencils and inks 6 pages (black and white) = ***
"Lilith" Jones inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
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Danger Is Our Business #1 - Al Williamson / Frank Frazetta art

Danger Is Our Business v1 #1, 1953 - Comprised of a few different genres, this first issue is notable for its Captain Comet science fiction tale. Al Williamson, a master of the genre, provides the most sophisticated artwork in the book. His exotic settings and heroic figure drawings are further enhanced by the inks of the equally talented Frank Frazetta. Sensitive brushwork and textures increase depth and interest, most evidently in the colorful uniforms of various characters. Frazetta appears to be his most assertive on the depiction of ferocious hounds on page 4 panel 6. This is but one of their many collaborations during the golden age. This story was later reprinted in The Art of Al Williamson. This is number 1 of 1 Danger Is Our Business issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Danger Is Our Business issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson, Frazetta or Danger Is Our Business issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist, Frazetta checklist or Top 10 Frazetta comics.
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"The Vicious Space Pirates" Williamson story pencils / Frazetta inks 6 pages = ***
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Heroic Comics #55 - mis-attributed Alex Toth art

Heroic Comics v1 #55, 1948 - No Alex Toth artwork in this issue, despite what comic book price guides say. Toth did do interior art for 13 other issues of Heroic Comics. See today's posts or more Toth or Heroic Comics issues. See also this blog's Alex Toth checklist.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

House of Mystery #302 - Nestor Redondo art

House of Mystery v1 #302, 1982 - Nestor Redondo rarely drew for DC during this period, but comes through with this elegantly drawn tale. A high stakes gambler who puts his youth on the line against an elderly casino owner. There are some beautiful panels, the most noteworthy being the time-elapsed montage on page four (see interior page above). Although he shares co-credit with another artist, Redondo appears to have done most of the inking as well. Other artists in this issue include Mike Kaluta, Tom Sutton, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson and Dan Spiegle. This is number 15 of 16 House of Mystery issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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"House Odds" Redondo story pencils (Redondo, Benji Pabulos partial inks) 6 pages = ***
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Piracy v2 #1 - Wally Wood, Al Williamson reprints, Wood cover reprint

Piracy v2 #1, 1998 - Essentially a complete reprint of Piracy #1, this comic showcases terrific EC work by Al Williamson, Jack Davis, Angelo Torres and Wally Wood. See today's posts or more Williamson, Wood or Piracy issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist or Wood checklist.
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