Friday, August 19, 2011

Ghost Rider v3 #35 - Jim Starlin art

Ghost Rider v3 #35 marvel comic book cover art
Ghost Rider v3 #35 marvel comic book page art by Jim Starlin
Ghost Rider v3 #35, 1979 - The Ghost Rider races against Death himself, with lives hanging in the balance. Considered a classic Ghost Rider story by some, Jim Starlin nonetheless opens with a mediocre splash page (mostly due to its inadequate inking by an uncredited collaborator). Fortunately, the artwork takes off on the following page with Steve Leialoha setting the tone. The story accelerates quickly thanks to Starlin's precise layouts. Larger panels suggest the expansiveness of the desert setting while smaller, carefully sequenced panels adjust pacing. Leialoha's heavy blacks and smooth brushwork give the pencils a polished, seamless look. Starlin's bold effort makes this the best illustrated issue of the entire series. Other artists in this issue include Bob Budiansky/Joe Rubenstein (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Ghost Rider issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Ghost Rider issues. See also this blog's Jim Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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"Death Race" Starlin story layouts/pencils (Steve Leialoha & others inks) 17 pages = *****
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