5/26/13

Mystery in Space #111 - Marshall Rogers, Steve Ditko art, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
Mystery in Space v1 #111, 1980 - DC revives one of their longest running science fiction titles from the 1960s. Joe Kubert tries to fit too many elements within the layout, and his bisected cover design makes little sense. Steve Ditko's story of time machines and fairy tales is only marginally better. The best effort by far belongs to Marshall Rogers, chronicling a robot's time travel to the distant past. His drawings are beautifully detailed (see interior page below), capturing both cold technology and prehistoric savagery. This story was later reprinted in Shadow of the Batman #4. Other artists in this issue include Dan Spiegle, John Calnan, John Celardo and Jim Aparo. This is number 2 of 6 Mystery in Space issues with Kubert art and/or covers, number 1 of 4 Mystery in Space issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Mystery in Space issues with Rogers art and/or covers.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = **
"Viewpoints" Rogers story pencils and inks 6 pages = ****
"Once Upon a Time Machine" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***


Steve Ditko

Marshall Rogers
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