Saturday, July 4, 2015

Daredevil #8 - Wally Wood art & cover


Daredevil v1 #8, 1965 - Using a suit of advanced hydraulics, the Stiltman commits crime with impunity until DD enters the fray. With opportunities to show size and scale, Wally Wood mostly misses the mark with his artwork. A lack of effort seems pervasive throughout the pages. The opening splash, depicting a near-fatal accident, is painfully devoid of detail. His cover is similarly flawed, reinforcing that argument that this is far from Wood's best work on Daredevil. This is number 4 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= **
"The Stiltman Cometh" Wood story pencils and inks 20 pages = **
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Tarzan #39 - Russ Manning art (1st Manning Brothers of the Spear)


Tarzan v1 #39, 1952 - Arriving in his ancestral land his brother Natongo, Dan-El learns about his origins. This Brothers of the Spear back-up tale is the start of an exceptionally long run by Russ Manning. While his drawings are decidedly better than previous Tarzan issues, the artist still struggles with pacing and layout. Many faces, figures and settings appear overworked in detail. Manning would later abandon this style and opt for a simpler, streamlined approach. This is number 1 of 132 Tarzan issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Manning or Tarzan issues. See also this blog's Manning checklist.
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Untitiled Manning story pencils and inks 6 pages = *
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monsters Unleashed #2 - Frank Brunner reprint

Monsters Unleashed v1 #2, 1973Barbarian swordsmen, evil wizards and remote castles fill this early Frank Brunner work. First published in Phase #1, the reproduction quality of the reprint is somewhat disappointing. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema, Syd Shores, Ralph Reese and Bill Everett. See today's posts or more Brunner or Monsters Unleashed issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist or Top 10 Brunner comics.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hi-School Romance #54 - Jack Kirby cover

Hi-School Romance v1 #54, 1956 - Caught by surprise, a young man receives a well planted kiss at a roller skating rink. Onlookers seem fairly neutral at this public display of affection. Jack Kirby's layout is a tad crowded, and the figure drawings seem strained. On the plus side, the artist uses the curvature of the wall to lead the reader's eye from the masthead to the main figures. Within the rink itself, concentric circles add movement to an otherwise static scene. This is number 1 of 5 Hi-School Romance issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Kirby or Hi-School Romance issues. See also this blog's Jack Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils = **
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jim Starlin Gallery - Captain Marvel issues

Captain Marvel #25 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #25
Captain Marvel #26 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #26
Captain Marvel #27 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #27
Captain Marvel #28 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #28
Captain Marvel #29 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #29
Captain Marvel #30 marvel comic 1970s bronze age comic cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #30
Captain Marvel #31 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #31
Captain Marvel #32 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #32
Captain Marvel #33 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #33
Captain Marvel #34 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / A Star Presentation #3 - Wally Wood art & cover


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / A Star Presentation v1 #3, 1950 - Robert Louis Stevenson's novel is adapted for comics for the first time. A young Wally Wood handles the artistic chores early in his career. Though enthusiastic, the pages with often filled with crudely applied drawings. Glimpses of his talent appear in a few panels, but overall the artist struggles. On the other hand, Wood delivers a memorably arresting cover. Especially effective is how the female figure visually splits the two conflicting personalities. The artist also draws the brief horror tale accompanying the main feature. This is number 1 of 1 A Star Presentation issues with Wood art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wood issues. See also this blog's Wood checklist.
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Wood cover pencils and inks = ****
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Wood story pencils and inks 26 pages = **
"The Repulsive Dwarf" Wood story pencils and inks 3 pages = **
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