Friday, March 29, 2013

Doctor Strange v2 #1 - Frank Brunner art & cover

Frank Brunner
Dr. Strange v2 #1, 1974 - Graduating from Marvel Premiere, Doctor Strange starts his second self-titled series. Silver Dagger makes his first appearance, attacking the hero's sanctum and kidnapping his beloved Clea. Frank Brunner's story art is capable but sometimes overworked by the inker. His cover, on the other hand, shows no lack of skill. A strong diagonal layout shows the hero fending off tentacled arms emerging from his mystical globe. The ornate background frame adds cohesion and sophistication. Great care is taken in rendering modeling and depth, especially in the figures. Brunner's best works are often covers, this one being his most accomplished of all. This story was first reprinted in Doctor Strange Special Edition #1. This is number 1 of 11 Doctor Strange issues with Brunner art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Brunner or Doctor Strange issues. See also this blog's Brunner checklist, Top 10 Brunner issues or an original page from this issue.
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Brunner cover pencils and inks = *****
"Through An Orb Darkly"
Brunner story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 18 pages = ***
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Frank Brunner
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Doctor Strange #28
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Marvel Premiere #6

1 comment:

  1. Ted:

    For whatever reason, Brunner was not on my radar when I was young. I picked this issue up for the first time a couple years back and was really impressed with Brunner's work. And, yes, that cover is excellent!

    Cheers,
    Andrew
    Comics Bronze Age editor

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