Thursday, March 5, 2015

Foxhole #3 - Jack Kirby cover

Foxhole v1 #3, 1955 - Despite the garish colors, Jack Kirby's cover captures a GI burdened with an injured buddy. The figures are drawn with weight and mass, filling up most of the composition. Covered in filth, the artist emphasizes the unromantic aspects of war. I especially like the way the soldier's boots partially disappear into the mud, suggesting the mire and difficulty. This is number 3 of 6 Foxhole issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Foxhole issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils and inks = ****
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hi-School Romance - comic series checklist






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Hi-School Romance v1
Harvey
1949-58

73 - mis-attributed Jack Kirby cover

(more to come)

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Masters of Terror #1 - Neal Adams, Jim Starlin, Frank Brunner reprints

Masters of Terror v1 #1, 1975 - The basis for this issue's cover design comes from Supernatural Thrillers #1 (by Jim Steranko). The interiors are all black and white reprints, including Chamber of Chills v2 #2 (art by Frank Brunner), Journey into Mystery v2 #2 (Neal Adams) and Journey into Mystery v2 #3 (Jim Starlin). See today's posts or more Adams, Brunner, Starlin or Masters of Terror issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Brunner checklist, Starlin checklist, Top 10 Adams comicsTop 10 Brunner comics or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Unusual Tales #20 - non-attributed Matt Baker art


Unusual Tales v1 #20, 1960 - When an epidemic ravages the world's populations, an exhausted physician goes to the countryside to rest and seek answers. Like previous issues, it's evident that Matt Baker did the pencils but without attribution from comic book guides. His style is somewhat recognizable, particularly in the characters' faces. Overall, Vince Colletta's rapid inking omits too many details and diminishes the results. Other artists in this issue include Sal Trapani. This is number 3 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 Incredible Advice'' Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 5 pages = **
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Walt Disney Showcase #18 - Carl Barks reprints


Walt Disney Showcase v1 #18, 1973 - All Gyro Gearloose issue, featuring four Carl Barks tales from the 1950s. Two stories apiece originate from Four Color Comics v2 #1047 (including the cover) and Four Color Comics v2 #1184. See today's posts or more Barks or Walt Disney Showcase issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Batman: The Dark Knight #2 - Frank Miller art & cover


Batman: The Dark Knight v1 #2, 1986 - Older but no less dedicated, the Batman must quell the growing army of thugs known the Mutants. With the help of a new Robin, the hero brings about a confrontation with the Mutant Leader. Frank Miller battered, yet defiant Batman fills the entire cover, his body pushed up against the margins. Inside, the layouts are meticulously planned and masterfully paced. Three bold splashes are interspersed for maximum effect, including the Batman's emergence from his tank-like batmobile of the future (page 21). This is number 2 of 4 Batman: The Dark Knight issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Miller or Batman: The Dark Knight issues. See also this blog's Frank Miller checklist.
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Miller cover pencils and inks = ***
"The Dark Knight Triumphant" Miller story pencils and inks 47 pages = ****
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