Friday, September 19, 2014

Marvel Super Special #22 / Blade Runner - Al Williamson art, Jim Steranko cover


Marvel Super Special v1 #22 featuring Blade Runner, 1982 - In this official adaptation of the movie Blade Runner,  Al Williamson takes on this ambitious project with gusto. The artist does a superlative job with the actors' likenesses, in particular Harrison Ford. Williamson's drawings are crisp and detailed throughout, reinforced by Carlos Garzon's streamlined inking. The center spread, depicting a panoramic view of a futuristic city, is strikingly similar to a scene in the film. Additionally, Jim Steranko provides a bold multi-layered design for the cover. This is number 2 of 3 Marvel Super Special issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Marvel Super Special issues with Steranko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Steranko, Williamson or Marvel Super Special issues. See also this blog's Steranko checklist, Top 10 Steranko comics, or Al Williamson checklist.
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Steranko cover painting = ***
“Blade Runner” Williamson story pencils (Carlos Garzon inks) 45 pages = ****
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wartime Romances #6 - Matt Baker art & cover


Wartime Romances v1 #6, 1952 - Despite the numerous small panels and abundant dialogue, Matt Baker illustrates his three stories with masterful ease. Each typically opens with a large title panel, setting the tone for the remaining pages. Among his skillfully drawn efforts, "Engagement for Profit", is just a tad more exquisite. The compositions within the panels are slightly more varied and detailed (see interior page above). By contrast, Baker's cover is merely sufficient. This is number 6 of 18 Wartime Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts, more Baker or Wartime Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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over pencils and inks = ***
"Escapades of a Navy Wife"
Baker story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"Camouflaged Heart"
Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Engagement for Profit"
Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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Showcase #104 / OSS Spies at War - Joe Kubert cover

Showcase v1 #104 featuring OSS Spies at War, 1978 - A spy takes refuge in a circus during WWII, endangering his fellow performers. Joe Kubert's cover is barely adequate, marred by too much typography. The use of nine different fonts complicates things further and distracts from the illustration. Other artists in this issue include Ric Estrada. This is number 19 of 19 Showcase issues with Kubert art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kubert or Showcase issues. See also this blog's Joe Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Avengers #120 - non-attributed Jim Starlin cover

Avengers v1 #120 marvel comic book cover art by Jim StarlinAvengers v1 #120, 1974 - Busy and convoluted, Jim Starlin's cover crowds too many Avengers and members of Zodiac into one scene. The background grid adds visual texture but also contributes to the chaos. Also, Frank Giacoia's inks seem to suppress Starlin's pencils. On a positive note, the path of Thor's hammer nicely frames the character, creating the focal point. Other artists in this issue include Bob Brown and Don Heck. This is number 2 of 3 Avengers issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Avengers issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils (Frank Giacoia inks) = **
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True Bride-To-Be Romances #20 - Jack Kirby cover

True Bride-To-Be Romances v1 #20, 1956 - With ring in hand, a country boy appears to have lost out to a suitor from the city. Jack Kirby plays up the rural setting, including a barn, wooden fence and expanse of land as part of the scenery. Well placed figures in the foreground, mid-ground and background add to the sense of depth. Kirby's drawing of the engaged couple is nicely portrayed, enhanced further by the sensitive inks of an unknown collaborator. This is number 3 of 3 True Bride-To-Be Romances issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or True Bride-To-Be Romances issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils = ***
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