Saturday, November 1, 2014

Brave and the Bold #36 - Joe Kubert art & cover


Brave and the Bold v1 #36 presents Hawkman, 1961 - In the first of two Joe Kubert tales, an anthropologist turns to sorcery to steal an array of ritual objects. Mythological creatures fill the panels, resulting in some of the most fascinating imagery on the series. His depictions of Phoenix and other birds (see interior page above) are well-researched and convincing. Just as engaging is the introduction of the Shadow-Thief, both on the cover and in the second feature. An ex-con receives a Dimensiometer from an alien, allowing him to commit crimes in shadow form. Kubert's portrayal is excellent, introducing fantastical elements into an otherwise typical super-hero adventure. See today's posts or more Kubert or Brave and the Bold issues. See also this blog's Joe Kubert checklist.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ****
“Strange Spells of the Sorcerer” Kubert story pencils and inks 13 pages = **** 
“Shadow-Thief of Midway City” Kubert story pencils and inks 12 pages = **** 
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Goofy Comics - comic series checklist






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Goofy Comics v1
Standard
1954-55

23 - Frank Frazetta, Al Hubbard art
31 - Frank Frazetta art

(more to come)

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House of Secrets #103 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Nino art


House of Secrets v1 #103, 1972 - In a post-nuclear world, a young man seeks to find others like himself, untainted by the radiation that turned others into deformities. The sharp, jagged illustrations of Alex Nino create a painfully desolate future. His layouts and sequences are perfectly composed, offsetting some of the more unnerving imagery. On Bernie Wrightson's cover, the series host is illuminated by an extinguishing candle. The minimal color palette heightens shape and contrast, resulting in a masterful portrait. Other artists in this issue include Rico Rival, Jack Sparling and Sergio Aragon├ęs . This is number 2 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Nino art and/or covers and number 8 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Wrightson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino, Wrightson or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist, Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = *****
"The Village on the Edge of Forever" Nino pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Savage Sword of Conan #57 - Nestor Redondo cover

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #57, 1980 - A rampaging Conan tears through the enemy on this Nestor Redondo cover. His berserk expression, harsher than the rest on the painting, may have been executed better. Redondo does fit both barbarian and horse within a nicely cleaved out space. This is number 8 of 10 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or Savage Sword of Conan issues. See also this blog's Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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Redondo cover painting = ***
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pictorial Romances #21 - Matt Baker art & cover


Pictorial Romances v1 #21, 1953 - Visiting a sorority sister in New York, a suburban housewife yearns to be single once again. She subsequently begins dating various men, coming dangerously close to being sexually assaulted. Matt Baker nicely contrasts the woman's simple life with the glamour and prestige of the big city. Not surprisingly, the women are beautifully dressed and artfully posed. Baker's work from the 1950s always conveyed a high degree of sophistication. This story of infidelity and his (unrelated) cover design are no exceptions. This is number 18 of 21 Pictorial Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Pictorial Romances issues. See also this blog's Matt Baker checklist.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"A Lesson for Bored Wives" Baker story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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