Wyatt Earp v2 #5 golden age 1950s dell western comic book cover
Wyatt Earp v2 #5, 1959 - A lazy freeloader and spoiled brat make trouble for the marshal in separate stories. The first, with its larger opening panel and more varied scenes, is slightly better drawn than the second. Both tales are less violent than the usual western fare, highlighting Russ Manning's approachable style. The characters are thoughtfully designed and distinguishable. A third story (not by the artist) suffers greatly by comparison. This is number 5 of 13 Wyatt Earp v2 issues with Manning art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Manning or >Wyatt Earp issues on ebay.
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"Gun Wild Fever
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"Equal Justice for All" Manning story pencils and inks 1 pages = ***
"Wyatt's Friend Bat Masterson" Manning story pencils and inks inside back cover (black & white) = ***
Wyatt Earp v2 #5 golden age 1950s dell western comic book page art by Russ Manning
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Two-Fisted Tales v2 #24, 1998 - Forty years later, publisher Russ Cochran re-presents the EC war stories that became modern classics. This edition reprints Two-Fisted Tales #41, including some of the best work of Wally Wood's career. Other artists in this issue include George Evans. Cover by Jack Davis.

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Heroic Comics #71 golden age 1950s war comic book cover
Heroic Comics v1 #71, 1952 - Frank Frazetta illustrates two Korean War tales, both excellent in their rendition. The first tells of Travis Watkins, a soldier that covered his buddies' escape from Communist Chinese. The artist opens the story by juxtaposing his fallen figure with a heroic portrait. Frazetta's second contribution is a one-pager with a similar scenario. His detailing is exquisite, but partially marred by the odd placement of the publisher's statement of ownership. This is number 6 of 15 Heroic Comics issues with Frazetta art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Frazetta or >Heroic Comics issues on ebay.
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"Gave Life to Save Lives" Frazetta pencils and inks 2 pages = ****
"He Stayed Behind"
Frazetta pencils and inks 1 page = ***

Heroic Comics #71 golden age 1950s war comic book page art by Frank Frazetta
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UFO and Aliens Comix v1 #1, 1977 - Warren's collection of science fiction tales includes the classic "Daddy and the Pie". Illustrated by Alex Toth, this story first appeared in Eerie v3 #64. This is a one-shot issue. Other artists in this issue include Luis Bermejo, Leopold Sanchez, Leo Duranona, John Severin, Ramon Torrents and Martin Salvador. Cover by Kim McQuaite. Find >this issue or more >Toth issues on ebay.

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Forbidden Worlds #78 golden age 1950s science fiction comic book cover
Forbidden Worlds v1 #78, 1959 - After finding an unusual looking dog, a young couple adopts him into their family. A high level of draftsmanship permeates Al Williamson's drawings. Realistic yet painterly, many panels are dramatically lit for maximum effect. Perhaps most memorable is the final scene depicting a peaceful silhouette against a dark, gradated background. Note that the creature on the cover bears little resemblance to the one inside. This story was later reprinted in the book Al Williamson Forbidden Worlds. Other artists in this issue include Ogden Whitney, Jon Diehl and Al Wenzel. This is number 8 of 8 Forbidden Worlds issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Forbidden Worlds issues on ebay.
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"The Stray" Williamson story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****

Forbidden Worlds #78 golden age 1950s science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
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DC Comics Presents v1 #79, 1984 - In this quirky tale, Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent try to determine the cause of their strange anomaly. Curt Swan's pencils are familiar to these characters, but seem antiquated at the same time. Al Williamson's inks brings a sharper edge, improving some panels (see interior page below) but having little effect overall. While distinctive in style, his effort pales compared to work from previous decades. This is number 1 of 3 DC Comics Presents issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >DC Comics Presents issues on ebay.
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"Superman - Meet Clark Kent" Williamson story inks (Curt Swan pencils) 23 pages = **

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Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age EC 1950s science fiction comic book cover art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
Weird Science-Fantasy v1 #25, 1954 - A time traveling safari company takes a wealthy hunter to the dinosaur age, intent on bagging the biggest game of all. Text heavy panels fill this Ray Bradbury-written tale, yet Al Williamson's visuals come to the fore. Like his cover, the story artwork demonstrates a high level of craft, aided by Angelo Torres' inks. Wally Wood contributes a UFO-themed tale that's similar in sophistication. These stories were later reprinted in Weird Science-Fantasy v3 #3. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando and Bernie Krigstein. This is number 3 of 5 Weird Science-Fantasy issues with Williamson art and/or covers and number 3 of 7 Weird Science-Fantasy issues with Wood art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson, >Wood or >Weird Science-Fantasy issues on ebay.
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"Flying Saucer Report" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"A Sound of Thunder" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres, Roy Krenkel inks) 7 pages = ***


Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age EC science fiction 1950s comic book page art by Wally Wood
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Weird Science-Fantasy #25 golden age 1950s EC science fiction comic book page art by Al Williamson
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Mystery Tales #46 golden age 1950s atlas comic book cover art by Bill Everett
Mystery Tales v1 #46, 1956 - A sailor stumbles upon the lost city of Atlantis, discovering a new untapped power source. The artwork is lush and sophisticated, using a painterly approach that's most evident in the oceanic settings. Al Williamson nicely contrasts this environment against futuristic, extra-terrestrial architecture. Roy Krenkel, a talented artist in his own right, does a terrific job with the finishing touches. Other artists in this issue include John Forte, Don Heck, Vince Colletta, Reed Crandall, Sol Bordksy and Robert Q. Sale. Cover by Bill Everett. This is number 2 of 4 Mystery Tales issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Mystery Tales issues on ebay.
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Billy the Kid #13 golden age 1950s western charlton comic book cover
Billy the Kid v2 #13, 1958 - Robbed of the money he earned from driving cattle, Trip Dekker follows the thieves across the Rio Grande. Like much of Al Williamson's work for Charlton, the art is loosely but skillfully applied. Except for a few panels on page 3, Angelo Torres' inks seem more clearly defined than usual. Williamson himself may have finished off his own pencils on certain panels (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Rocco Mastroserio, Sal Trapani and Sid Check. This is number 1 of 1 Billy the Kid v2 issues with Williamson art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Williamson or >Billy the Kid issues on ebay.
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"Pecos Justice" Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks) 5 pages = ***


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Haunted #14 charlton 1970s bronze age horror comic book cover art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
Haunted v1 #14, 1973 - Immersed in a fog on the open sea, a lone fisherman hears a ghostly cry for help. Steve Ditko's cover is a little too simplistic. His interior story fares not much better, using thin parallel lines to simulate a foggy effect (see interior page below). While I applaud the attempt, the execution is only partially convincing. Other artists in this issue include Jack Abel, Nick Cuti and Pat Boyette. This is number 12 of 23 Haunted issues with Ditko art and/or covers (reprints not included). Find >this issue or more >Ditko or >Haunted issues on ebay.
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"Voice In The Fog" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = **


Haunted #14 charlton 1970s bronze age horror comic book page art by Steve Ditko
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FOOM #3 bronze age 1970s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko
FOOM v1 #3, 1973 - Opening this Marvel fanzine's third issue is Jim Steranko's humorous but compelling take on Spider-man. The artist also designed and edited the issue, filling in art and graphics as needed. Also note that this is the only Marvel infinity cover (scene within a scene within a scene, etc.) that I've ever seen. If anyone can find another example, I'd love to post it. This is number 3 of 4 Foom issues with Steranko art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Steranko or >Foom issues on ebay.
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Steranko cover pencils and inks = ****

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Weird Worlds #3 bronze age 1970s science fiction dc comic book cover
Weird Worlds v3 #3, 1972 - A poorly drawn cover opens this issue, an attempted homage to Frank Frazetta's Famous Funnies #213. John Carter Warlord of Mars and David Innes in Pellucidar, both Edgar Rice Burroughs creations, continue their respective storylines. Neal Adams (credited as "C. Bunker") inks the second feature, probably assisted by other artists. More aggressive than his previous issue, his style tends to dominate the pages, elevating the artwork to new heights. Other artists in this issue include Murphy Anderson and Alan Weiss. Cover by Joe Orlando. This is number 2 of 2 Weird Worlds v3 issues with Adams art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Adams or >Weird Worlds issues on ebay.
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"Temple of the Damned" Adams partial story inks (Alan Weiss pencils, Dick Giordano, Dan Green? partial inks) 12 pages = ***

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Weird War Tales v1 # 2dc bronze age comic book cover art by Joe Kubert
Joe Kubert
Weird War Tales v1 #2, 1971 - During World War II, a woman dreams about the death of her sweetheart. The cover design re-uses the opening panel of Joe Kubert's brief tale (with the addition of the fallen soldier). While competently done, the artist's framing pages are even better (later reprinted in Weird War Tales #36). A withered old man serves as narrator, representing the latter part of the war/horror format. While the book contains mostly reprints, there is new material as well. Other artists in this issue include Reed Crandall and Frank Thorne. This is number 2 of 51 Weird War Tales issues with Kubert art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kubert or >Weird War Tales issues on ebay.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
Kubert
framing pages pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"Behind the Cover" Kubert story pencils and inks 2 pages = ***

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Marvel's Greatest Comics #39 bronze age 1970s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
Marvel's Greatest Comics v1 #39, 1972 - Re-presenting the first appearance of the Black Panther, this issue reprints the classic tale from Fantastic Four #52. Jim Starlin re-packages the comic in a brand new cover. Unfortunately, the layout is crowded and clumsily designed. Joe Sinnott's inks may even be too slick for Starlin's organic style. This is number 1 of 2 Marvel's Greatest Comics issues with Starlin art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Kirby, >Starlin or >Marvel's Greatest Comics issues on ebay.
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Starlin cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = **

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Iron Man #232 original marvel 1980s comic book art page by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
You can really appreciate the detailing on this original Barry Smith page from Iron Man #232.

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