Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Magic - Russ Manning art


Walt Disney's Summer Magic, 1963 - Based on the Walt Disney film of the same name, the cover features a photo of one of the studio child actor Hayley Mills. A small family falls on hard times, forcing them to move from the city to a small country town. Russ Manning, a veteran of several movie adaptations, produces one of his finer silver age efforts in this one-shot issue. His attentiveness to the period setting (early 1900s) manifests itself nicely in the clothing, interiors and automobiles. The opening scene is a bit mundane for my taste, but a few large panels throughout help break up the monotony. In the final panel of a housewarming party, Manning uses a birds-eye viewpoint, giving readers a broader scope of the environment. The decorative paper lanterns in the rafters nicely reinforce the celebratory mood. This is 1 of 1 Summer Magic issues with Manning art and/or covers.
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"Summer Magic" Manning story pencils and inks 32 pages = ***

Summer Magic dell comic book page art by Russ Manning
Russ Manning
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