Monday, August 6, 2012

Sea Hunt #9 - Russ Manning art


Sea Hunt v1 #9, 1961 - Unlike the previous issues, Russ Manning illustrates the entire book, including four stories and various educational pages. In the three main features, Mike Nelson is hired for his diving expertise, running afoul of both thieves and spies. Not surprisingly, these showcase Manning's astute drawing skills. The most exciting scenes are near water or underwater, where the artist employs more dramatic lighting and layout (see interior page below). Hard pressed to find a standout, all four stories are enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing. This is number 5 of 8 Sea Hunt issues with Manning art and/or covers. 
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"Underwater Coverup" Manning story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"Deep Divers" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = **
"Suspicious Waters" Manning story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"The Gribet Hunt" Manning story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***
"The Bay Bandit" Manning story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"The Red Tide" Manning story pencils and inks 1 page = **

"Animals of the Sea" Manning inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = **
" Birds of the Sea" Manning back cover pencils and inks = ***
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