Monday, March 30, 2015

Chamber of Chills #4 - Frank Brunner page sketch

This terrific sketch would evolve into the opening splash for Chamber of Chills #4. Frank Brunner would most adhere to the same design. See today's posts or more Brunner or Chamber of Chills issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklistTop 10 Brunner issues or more artworks.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Unusual Tales #19 - non-attributed Matt Baker art & cover


Unusual Tales v1 #19, 1959 - Suffering from depression, a commercial artist creates an ink blot that suddenly obliterates everything in its path. This odd (non-attributed) Matt Baker tale seems hurriedly drawn and executed. Vince Colletta's inks hamper it further with its minimal application. Baker's large opening panel reveals a tad more effort, but not enough to compensate for the entire story. For economy's sake, the publisher re-appropriates the panel for the cover illustration (see cover shown above). Other artists in this issue include Sal Trapani. This is number 2 of 3 Unusual Tales issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Unusual Tales issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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'The Blotting Threat'' Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 5 pages = *
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #33 - Carl Barks art


Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #33, 1943 - Hired as a lifegaurd, Donald Duck tries heroics to impress a babe at the beach. Nephews Huey, Louie and Dewey stand ready to assist him. Small insets and variations in panel sizes give this ten-pager a distinct quality. Carl Barks' drawings are minimal, yet tell the story with clarity and purpose. His fine linework can be seen in the ocean waves and peaceful settings. Note that this issue also sports an "infinity" cover, where the image is replicated ever smaller. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney's Comics and Stories issues. See also this blog's Barks checklist.
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"Untitled" Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Daredevil #9 - Wally Wood art & cover


Daredevil v1 #9, 1965 - Traveling to Europe to meet a famous eye surgeon, Matt Murdock instead finds himself fighting against a medieval-style dictator. Wally Wood supplies the story's layouts and inks, leaving the penciling to Bob Powell. The scenes are a bit more crowded than usual but not to the detriment of the whole. The distribution of light and shadow is also consistent with previous issues, not a surprise given that Wood's hand is dominant throughout. His cover shows effort but the composition is far too convoluted. This is number 5 of 8 Daredevil issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood or Daredevil issues. See also this blog's or Wood checklist.
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Wood cover pencils and inks= **
"That He May See" Wood layouts and story inks (Bob Powell pencils)  20 pages = **
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Magnus Robot Fighter #41 - Russ Manning reprint

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #41, 1975 - This issue re-presents Magnus Robot Fighter #18 from earlier in the series. Reprints aside, Manning drew a total of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See today's posts or more Manning or Magnus Robot Fighter issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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Avengers #183 - John Byrne art


Avengers v1 #183, 1979 - Ms. Marvel and the Falcon join the team, just in time for a confrontation with the Absorbing Man. Klaus Janson's inks continue to be heavy-handed, often suppressing John Byrne's pencils. Reliably but conservatively drawn, the story seems to have more introspective, dialogue-driven scenes than previous issues. The action ramps up toward the end, as the Avengers rush into battle. Other artists in this issue include George Perez and Terry Austin (cover). This is number 6 of 17 Avengers issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Avengers issues.
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"The Redoubtable Return of Crusher Creel" Byrne story pencils (Klaus Janson inks) 17 pages = **
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