Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Foxhole #4 - Jack Kirby cover

Foxhole v1 #4, 1955 - A jarring combination of reds and greens makes a compelling image. The soldier stares blankly ahead, made weary by the death and destruction around him. Even his camouflaged face has a surreal quality to it. Jack Kirby's portrait is real, sincere and psychologically powerful. Other artists in this issue includeArt Gates, Jo Albistur and Robert McCarty. This is number 14 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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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Detective Comics #477 - original Marshall Rogers page

Marshall Rogers' opening to Detective Comics #477 is one of a handful of framing pages in this issue. Beautifully composed, it looks just as good in black and white. See today's posts or more Rogers or Detective Comics issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist, Top 10 Rogers comics& or more artworks.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Fightin' Marines #6 - Matt Baker art & cover


Fightin' Marines v1 #6, 1952 - Finding out that the general loves gardening, Canteen Kate concocts an idea that will put Al in his good graces. As usual, Matt Baker seamlessly combines humor and realism in a military setting. Interestingly, Canteen Kate's own series is promoted in text above the story pages. This light-hearted tale is contrasted by Baker's gripping cover of entrenched GIs. Dark and textural, the scene has an almost photojournalistic quality. This is number 6 of 12 Fightin' Marines issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts, more BakerCanteen Kate or Fightin' Marines issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ****
"Ready, Aim, Fire" Baker story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

True Bride To Be Romances - comic series checklist






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True Bride-To-Be Romances v1
Harvey
1956-58

17 - Jack Kirby cover
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19 - Jack Kirby cover
20 - Jack Kirby cover

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Captain America #350 - John Byrne art


Captain America v1 #350, 1989 - Marking the 350th issue, this comic contains a back-up story by John Byrne. The Red Skull's most recent resurrection is chronicled, along with his origin and historic battles over subsequent decades. With the exception of the first two pages and the last page, the panels are fairly small and numerous. Still, captions take the place of dialogue (which help) and Byrne's drawings (especially the opening splash) are first rate. Kudos to Jose Marzan Jr. for a terrific inking job. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema, Ron Frenz, Joe Sinnott, Kieron Dwyer and Al Milgrom. This is number 15 of 15 Captain America issues with Byrne art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne or Captain America issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist.
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"Resurrection" Byrne story pencils (Jose Marzan Jr. inks) 10 pages = ***
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Somerset Holmes #1 - Al Williamson art


Somerset Holmes v1 #1, 1983 - Al Williamson begins illustrating the back-up feature, starring a soldier of fortune named Cliff Hanger. In this first chapter, a female scientist crash lands her plane while surveying the South America jungles. While the "cinematic" effects on page 1 are largely ineffective, the rest of the story is studiously researched and deftly drawn. Williamson pays extra attention to the depictions of native flora and fauna on pages 4-5 (see interior page above). Other artists in this issue include Brent Anderson. This is number 1 of 6 Somerset Holmes issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson or Somerset Holmes issues. See also this blog's Al Williamson checklist.
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"Jungle Peril" Williamson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Detective Comics #407 - Neal Adams art & cover


Detective Comics v1 #407, 1971 - Man-Bat makes his third appearance, seeking to marry his longtime fiancee despite his metamorphosis. Neal Adams draw his saga with relish and commitment. His formidable pencils are paired with Dick Giordano's capable inks. Layout and pacing are thoughtfully planned, including varied panels and multiple viewpoints. Page 4's depiction of a fully transformed Man-Bat gone mad (see interior page above) is among the story's highlights. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane and Vince Colletta. This is number 18 of 36 Detective Comics issues with Adams covers and 7 of 10 Detective issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Detective Comics issues.
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Adams cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = ***
"Marriage Impossible" Adams story (Dick Giordano inks) 15 pages = ****
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