Sunday, December 9, 2012

Captain Marvel v2 #31 - Jim Starlin art & cover

Captain Marvel #31 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel v2 #31, 1974 - Jim Starlin deftly assembles a contingent of nine heroes on this colorful cover. Cap, his allies and the Avengers try to stop Thanos from elevating himself to godhood. The artist uses a wide variety of layouts, customized for the needs of each scene. His recap of the ongoing storyline (page 10) is impeccably concise and masterfully designed despite the small panels. The splash page of the shackled entity Kronos (page 16) conveys a dramatic futility while a raging telepathic mind war (page 27) suggests an almost psychedelic experience. Smaller details, such as inventive spacecraft on page 15 and the high technology framing the battle on page 23 further contribute to one of Starlin's finest works of the bronze age. This story was later reprinted in Life of Captain Marvel #4. This is number 7 of 12 Captain Marvel issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Starlin or Captain Marvel issues. See also this blog's Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin cover pencils (Al Milgrom inks) = ****
"The Beginning of the End" Starlin story pencils (Al Milgrom and Dan Green inks) 20 pages = *****
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Captain Marvel #31 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Jim Starlin
Jim Starlin
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