Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Phantom v2 #74 - Don Newton art & cover

The Phantom v2 #74 charlton comic book cover art by Don Newton
Don Newton
The Phantom v2 #74, 1977 - This period tale of 1776 nicely commemorates and coincides with the American Bicentennial. The colonial-era Phantom of comes to the aid of Benjamin Franklin, but not before denouncing the colonies' ongoing participation of slavery. Don Newton's flag cover painting (considered a classic by many) conveys both patriotism and traditionalism. The interior story, the artist's last of the series, is no less exemplary. Skillfully drawn and paced, the highlights include an engraving-like illustration of a ship at sea (page 6) and the bold dramatically-lit close-ups on pages 7, 8 and 11. The letters page toward the end repurposes previous published Newton art. This is number 7 of 7 Phantom issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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Newton cover painting = ****
"The Phantom of 1776" Newton story pencils and inks 22 pages = *****
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The Phantom v2 #74 charlton comic book page art by Don Newton
Don Newton
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