Friday, September 4, 2015

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #39 - Carl Barks art


Walt Disney's Comics and Stories v1 #39, 1943 - When his nephews fail to sell some new products, Donald Duck shows them what real salesmanship is. He endures more than a few punishments as he tries to enter the home of the town recluse. Carl Barks' penchant for hilarious situations is evident here. His drawings are wildly expressive and almost in constant motion. Like much of his work, faces and figures are stretched and shaped for maximum effect. Other characters featured in this issue include Mickey Mouse and Bucky Bug. 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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"Salesman Donald" Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Marvel Comics Presents #79 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover, John Byrne art


Marvel Comics Presents v1 #79, 1991 - After decapitating a wild grizzly, Wolverine is deemed ready for action. But do his captors really have full control of his mind and body? Barry Smith draws his best issue yet, supported by consummate pacing and panel sequencing. Equally superb are his impeccable layouts, making the most of the savagery and action (see interior page above). In John Byrne’s tale, Sunspot (of the New Mutants) has a solo adventure in his native Brazil. Aesthetically pleasing drawings are supported by gray tone patterns. The opening splash is especially rich and textural. This is number 8 of 13 Marvel Comics Presents issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne, Smith or Marvel Comics Presents issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist. Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = *****
"Weapon X: Chapter 7" Smith story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
"The Tender and the Vulgar" Byrne story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Adventure Comics #461 - Don Newton art


Adventure Comics v1 #461, 1979 - Atlantis' new king partners with a US food conglomerate, leading Aquaman to further investigate. Don Newton delivers another terrific effort, experimenting with both layouts and panel transitions. The most memorable scenes depict Aquaman's clandestine entry into corporate headquarters (see interior page above). The use of darks and lights result in greater visual impact. Other artists in this issue include Jim Aparo, Joe Staton, Jack Abel and others. This is number 3 of 8 Adventure Comics issues with Newton art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton or Adventure Comics issues. See also this blog's Don Newton checklist.
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”The Hand That Feeds the Earth" Newton story pencils (Frank Chiaramonte inks) 12 pages = ***
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

House of Secrets #131 - Alex Nino art


House of Secrets v1 #131, 1975 - After being humiliated in public, the town bully purchases a voodoo doll from the local witch. Sharply pointed shadows and shapes fill this work by Alex Nino. Disturbing and often overwhelming, his style is nonetheless appropriate for this tale of revenge. On his  opening splash, Nino hides the antagonist in a forest of high grass. The scene has a threatening tone, punctuated by sharp, angular shapes. Other artists in this issue include Luis Dominguez, Arthur Suydam and Gerry Talaoc. This is number 9 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist.
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"Point of No Return" Nino pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Savage Sword of Conan #17 - Walt Simonson art


Savage Sword of Conan v1 #17, 1977 - Walt Simonson wraps up the history of the Hyborian Age. Robert E. Howard’s fictitious ancient past segues into the earliest civilizations we know of today. Perhaps slightly less crafted than his previous chapters, Walt Simonson’s drawings retain their uniqueness and excitement. His layouts are varied enough, alternating between strong vertical and horizontal panels. Other artists in this issue include Tim Conrad, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala.This is number 6 of 6 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Simonson or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Simonson checklist.
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"The Hyborian Age (chapter 6)" Simonson story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = ***
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bernie Wrightson Gallery - House of Mystery covers

House of Mystery #193
House of Mystery #194
House of Mystery #195
House of Mystery #204
House of Mystery #207
House of Mystery #209
House of Mystery #211
House of Mystery #213
House of Mystery #214
House of Mystery #217
House of Mystery #221
House of Mystery #231
House of Mystery #236
House of Mystery #255
House of Mystery #256



























































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