Saturday, November 9, 2013

Weird War Tales #10 - Alex Toth, non-attributed Walt Simonson art (1st pro work)


Weird War Tales v1 #10, 1973 - During World War Two, a GI parachutes onto an old castle seemingly haunted by a ghostly swordsman. Alex Toth's art has a distinct newspaper strip feel. At times loose and impressionistic, the drawings are perfectly suited to the story. His post-war depictions of a matinee crowd (see interior page below) and restaurant interiors are evident of his fine draftsmanship. At ten pages, this is Toth's only complete story in the entire series. Walt Simonson, by contrast, struggles with one of his earliest efforts for DC. Figure drawing, foreshortening and composition all fall short of his true potential. Other artists in this issue include Quinco Redondo and Nick Cardy (cover). This is number 3 of 3 Weird War Tales issues with Toth art and/or covers and number 1 of 2 Weird War Tales issues with Simonson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth, Simonson or Weird War Tales issues. See also more firsts, this blog's Simonson checklist or Toth checklist.
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"Who is Haunting the Haunted Chateau?" Toth story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
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Cyrano's Army" Simonson story pencils and inks 6 pages = *
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Walt Simonson

Weird War Tales v1 #10 dc bronze age comic book page art by Alex Toth
Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
Vampirella #110
Joe Yank #15
My Greatest Adv. #58


More Simonson posts:
Balder #4
Battlestar… #5
Thor #343

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